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  • Dan Wakefield and Nanette Vonnegut Discuss Kurt Vonnegut’s Artwork and “If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?”

    May 16, 2014

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    Barnes and Noble, Upper West Side

    Kurt Vonnegut was among the few grandmasters of twentieth-century American letters, one without whom the very term American literature would not mean what it does today. Vonnegut was also a gifted graphic artist and many of his novels include his felt-tip pen sketches. Please join Dan Wakefield and Vonnegut’s daughter Nanette, as they discuss Vonnegut’s artwork and written works.

    After the publication of his novel Slaughterhouse-Five brought him worldwide acclaim in 1969, Kurt Vonnegut became one of America’s most popular graduation speakers. If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? is a selection of Kurt Vonnegut’s best graduation speeches, edited and introduced by Dan Wakefield. Amid the sarcasm and wit that are typical of his writing, Vonnegut also conveys in these speeches something of the seriousness and the momentousness of life too. He tells stories and jokes, invokes the figures who inspire him the most–Jesus, Eugene Debs, Bertrand Russell, Jazz historian Albert Murray, and Vonnegut’s friend Joseph Heller among many others.

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  • Reading at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

    May 9, 2014

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    Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

    Kurt Vonnegut was among the few grandmasters of twentieth-century American letters, one without whom the very term American literature would not mean what it does today. After the publication of his novel Slaughterhouse-Five brought him worldwide acclaim in 1969, Kurt Vonnegut became one of America’s most popular graduation speakers.

    If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? is a selection of Kurt Vonnegut’s best graduation speeches, edited and introduced by Dan Wakefield. Amid the sarcasm and wit that are typical of his writing, Vonnegut also conveys in these speeches something of the seriousness and the momentousness of life too. He tells stories and jokes, invokes the figures who inspire him the most–Jesus, Eugene Debs, Bertrand Russell, Jazz historian Albert Murray, and Vonnegut’s friend Joseph Heller among many others. Perhaps most importantly, he inspires the young people in the audience to go out into the world and make a difference.

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  • “If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?” Debuts at #10 on the Barnes & Noble College Bestseller List

    May 2, 2014

    Dan Wakefield’s collection of Vonnegut’s tongue-in-cheek advice for graduates debuts at #10 on the Barnes & Noble College National Campus Bestseller List in the category of Hardcover Nonfiction!

    Don’t forget: Dan Wakefield and Nanette Vonnegut will be speaking at the Barnes and Noble on the Upper West Side on May 16th at 7PM. Dan will discuss Vonnegut’s graduation speeches from If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Nanette Vonnegut will talk about her father’s playful felt-tip illustrations, which adorn the covers of many Kurt Vonnegut works.

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  • Announcing the Kurt Vonnegut/ Graduation Window Display Contest

    April 23, 2014

    Win a signed, original printed piece of art by Kurt Vonnegut!

    In celebration of the April 8th release of If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, Dan Wakefield’s collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s tongue-in-cheek words of advice for graduates, Seven Stories is holding a window display contest for independent bookstores!

    UntitledHere is your chance to create a special window featuring If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, rounded out with other Seven Stories’ Vonnegut titles as well as Vonnegut backlists from his other publishers. We also have some downloadable images for your use (see info below). The best window display will be awarded a piece of original, signed Vonnegut art. Two runners-up will each receive 5 copies of the book each, signed by Dan Wakefield.

    The contest will run May 1st-May 15th. Photos of the displays must be submitted by email to publicity@sevenstories.com by May 20th. Winners will be selected by Seven Stories Press staff and will be announced at BEA in the Seven Stories Press booth, posted on Seven Stories Press social media, and announced by press release.

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  • The Nation Publishes an Excerpt from “If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?”

    April 18, 2014

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    Why You Can’t Stop Me From Speaking Ill of Thomas Jefferson

    Kurt Vonnegut | March 26, 2014

    Kurt Vonnegut was the celebrated author of novels like Cat’s CradleMother Night and Slaughterhouse-Five. This article was adapted from a speech he made in Indianapolis to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union (now the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana) on September 16, 2000. It appears in the collection If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Advice to the Young, edited by Dan Wakefield, to be published by Seven Stories Press on April 8.

    There is something you are entitled to know about me—something I’m not proud to confess. This is it: I was born into a society as segregated as Biloxi, Mississippi, except for the drinking fountains and the buses. And I am the product of a lily-white public high school in Indianapolis. Shortridge had a faculty worthy of a university.

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  • Select Vonnegut Titles 50% Off Through May 1st

    April 15, 2014

    If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to fill in your Kurt Vonnegut book collection, now’s the time to strike while the iron’s hot. Between now and May 1, Seven Stories Press is offering the following titles at 50% off of their list price. Just click on each book’s cover to purchase the book (both hardcover and paperbacks are on sale). Happy reading!

    A Man Without a Country

    A Man Without a Country

    Eden Express

    Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity

    Like Shaking Hands With God

    Like Shaking Hands With God

    God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

    God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

    Unstuck in Time

    Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels

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  • Happy Birthday Kurt Vonnegut! Top Ten Quotes from “A Man Without a Country”

    November 11, 2013

    Vonnegut_by_Jill_Krementz_5x7_300dpiToday would have been Kurt Vonnegut’s 91st birthday. In honor of the late, great writer we would like to share our favorite quotes from his book A Man Without a Country.

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  • Kurt Vonnegut Fan Fiction Will Soon be Sold on Amazon

    August 5, 2013

    In an August 1 article, Jason Boog of Galleycat announced that Amazon has recently acquired a license to enable writers of Kurt Vonnegut fan fiction to publish and sell their work – through Amazon’s new Kindle Worlds platform. vonnegut

    Donald C. Farber, Kurt Vonnegut Trust trustee, called this move “a natural extension of [Vonnegut's] legacy and a testament to the enduring popularity of his characters and stories. Billy Pilgrim, unstuck in time, is going to quickly become a Kindle Worlds favorite.”

    Amazon’s fan fiction platform opened in June, and the Vonnegut service is expected to begin this month.

    For more on Kurt Vonnegut, check out his Seven Stories titles God Bless You, Dr. KevorkianA Man Without a Country, and Like Shaking Hands with God, as well as Gregory D. Sumner’s Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels.

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  • Happy Birthday, Nelson Algren

    March 28, 2013

    AlgrenNelson_smallerOur longtime readers will remember that Seven Stories Press derived its name from the seven authors whose works were the foundation of our catalog from the outset. We love each and every one of our authors, but we hold a special place in our heart for the late Nelson Algren, the brilliant author of The Man With the Golden Arm, The Devil’s Stocking, and much more, whose death in 1981 left a hollow place in American literature. He was born on March 28th, 1909, and today would have been his 104th birthday.

    Born Nelson Algren Abraham in Detroit, Algren wrote his first story, “So Help Me,” in 1933, and won his first award–an O. Henry prize for his short story “The Brother’s House”–two years later, in 1935. The same year, he also published his first book, Somebody in Boots, which he later disowned, saying that it was politically naive. Algren is certainly best known for The Man With the Golden Arm, which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1950 and was adapted into a film starring Frank Sinatra in 1955 (which Algren abhorred).

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  • Greg Sumner visits Book Soup

    November 28, 2012

    On Wednesday, November 28th, Greg Sumner, author of Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels, will be visiting Book Soup in West Hollywood to discuss and sign his acclaimed book. 

    In Unstuck in Time, Gregory Sumner guides us, with insight and passion, through a biography of fifteen of Kurt Vonnegut’s best known works, his fourteen novels starting with Player Piano (1952) all the way to an epilogue on his last book, A Man Without a Country(2005), to illustrate the quintessential American writer’s profound engagement with the “American Dream” in its various forms.

    “Gregory D. Sumner celebrates what he playfully identifies as the ‘Kurt Vonnegut road show’ with a tribute that is enlightening and entertaining. I read with wonder and delight the biographical sketches so gracefully fused with a montage of Vonnegut stories and the ideas they dramatize. Unstuck in Time is an achievement of scholarship illuminated by a fan’s contagious enthusiasm.” —Sidney Offit, Curator-emeritus George Polk Journalism Awards

    To learn more about the event, visit Book Soup’s event page.

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