Vonnegut’s long-time publisher Delacorte Press is due to publish
14 unpublished stories from the author of Slaughterhouse-Five,
who died in 2007.
The new collection,
at the Birdie, was put together by editors Nita Taublib
and Kerri Buckley, who compared and contrasted annotated drafts
of individual stories to produce what Taublib described as "14
exceptionally intricate short pieces by an author whose voice we
would, she promised, give readers "a clear sense of Kurt Vonnegut’s
development into one of the most beloved and original American writers
of all time". Buckley said the stories were "incredibly
unique in tone; both cautionary and hopeful". Due in November,
it will include original Vonnegut illustrations, and a foreword
by the author’s friend and confidant, Sidney Offit.
the Birdie is part of a new Vonnegut focus for Delacorte, part
of US publisher Random House, which will also see the publication
of a book of letters sent to and from the author over his life,
a second collection of his unpublished writings, and a new memoir
by his son Mark Vonnegut, author of The
Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity.