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"We Never Danced Cheek to Cheek: The Young Kurt Vonnegut in Indianapolis and Beyond," a recently-released book by Majie Failey which includes details about the late, award-winning author's deep roots in the Culver-Lake Maxinkuckee area, will be the topic at the annual meeting of the Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver on Saturday, July 2, starting at 10 a.m. at the historic Bramfeld cottage at 1257 East Shore Drive.
Failey herself will be on hand to speak about the book and Vonnegut's Maxinkuckee and Hoosier roots.
The book, which utilizes records and photos (printed in the book) found in the Antiqurians' Center for Culver history, in downtown Culver, tells personal stories of Kurt Vonnegutâ€™s life at, and love of, the lake, which he called the most beautiful lake in the nation, from the authorâ€™s own memory and collection of her friend. Recently, the book was covered in a feature story and review in Writers Digest, and Failey spoke and signed her books at the opening of the Vonnegut Library in Indianapolis. The book was also the featured book selection for the Vonnegut Book Club in Baltimore. It is sold nationally by Barnes and Noble.
Recently, Majie Failey spoke at a memorial remembrance service for Mary Jo Bradley, long-time Lake Maxincuckee resident, who passed on this year. Bradley was a member of the PD Club girls, who were "Kurtâ€™s buddies and girlfriends,â€ť Failey says.
â€śIâ€™m making arrangements now to go to Baltimore for some special book events,â€ť she adds. â€śWhen Iâ€™m there I will be seeing Mary Glosbrenner Bachelor.â€ť Mary, a cousin of Kurtâ€™s, was often at Culver, where her Glosbrenner family had cottages for some years.
The event, which kicks off the 20th summer for the Antiqurian and Historical Society, is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Failey will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase at the event. The book can be purchased at any time from the Hawthornepub.com website, from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. It is a 175 page softbound, $18, and hardcover at $25. Information and ordering also at Hawthorne Publishing in Carmel 317-867-5183.
Hawthorne Publishing is owned and operated by long-time lake resident Arthur Baxter and his wife Nancy.