Kurt Vonnegut at ALA, San Francisco, May 24-27, 2012 (deadline for proposals, Jan. 10, 2012)

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The Kurt Vonnegut Society (www.vonnegutsociety.net) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2012 American Literature Association in San Francisco, May 24-27. Presenters need not be members of the Kurt Vonnegut Society (but we certainly hope they will join). Please send a 150-word abstract for a 15-minute presentation, along with a brief CV, to Robert Tally at robert.tally@txstate.edu by January 10, 2012.

The topic is open, and we welcome papers on any aspect of Kurt Vonnegut's life, work, and legacy. Presenters may focus on a particular text or cover a range of Vonnegut's writings. We are always interested in papers that look at ways of teaching Vonnegut, and we encourage participation from graduate students, independent scholars, emerging critics, and interdisciplinary researchers. Of course, we also welcome contributions from experienced Vonnegut scholars and literary critics. Please address queries to Robert Tally at robert.tally@txstate.edu.

In addition to this open topic panel, the Kurt Vonnegut Society will host a roundtable on Charles Shields's new biography, And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life. The roundtable will feature Charles Shields himself, along with a number of current Vonnegut scholars. Also, whether you plan to participate in or attend either the panel or the roundtable, please join members of the Society at our annual "Timequake clambake," a pay-as-you-go, dinner-and-drink event (details to be determined).