Posts tagged “Nanette Vonnegut”

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

    May 16, 2014

    May 16th @ 7PMVonnegut_IfThisIsn_tNice_large
    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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    November 12, 2012

    November 11th, 2012 would have been Kurt Vonnegut’s 90th birthday.

    This past year saw the release of a number of Vonnegut biographies, criticisms, and posthumously released material, including Greg Sumner’s Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels (now available in paperback) which looks at Vonnegut’s life through the lens of his most famous works, as well as Charles Shield’s controversial biography, And So it Goes and Kurt Vonnegut: Letters, with 60 years of correspondence edited by Dan Wakefield, a long-time friend of Vonnegut’s.

    The latest is We Are What We Pretend to Be: The First and Last Works, with two works of unreleased fiction: Basic Training, Vonnegut’s earliest unpublished novella, and If God Were Alive Today, the unfinished novel Vonnegut began before he died. It also features an introduction by Vonnegut’s daughter, Nanette Vonnegut. Check out this interview with Nanette at The Rumpus:

    “She clearly loves her father and it was fun sharing my admiration for him with her.

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