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Thursday, December 1, 2016

A holiday gift for booklovers!

The Wichita Eagle said of A Great Fullness, “Sommer has crafted a compelling story of fine character sketches ….”

Order your copies now for the readers in your life! Click the image for more information--and please do support your local bookseller.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

A new essay in Red Earth Review

The 2016 issue of Red Earth Review includes a new essay, entitled "We Were Goats," which recounts a trip to Louisiana to visit one of Francis's closest Army friends. A memorable visit with some great people! Click below to read "We Were Goats," which begins on page 164.


Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Writers Place Presents Shawn Pavey, Bob Sommer, and Eric McHenry


The Writers Place Reading Series Presents Shawn Pavey, Bob Sommer, and Eric McHenry

I'm honored to join Kansas Poet Laureate Eric McHenry and poet Shawn Pavey at The Writers Place in Kansas City on Friday, September 16th, 7:00 p.m., to read and discuss my new novel, A Great Fullness, as well as current work-in-progress. Looking forward to a great evening!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A new essay in Emrys Journal

"Rust on the Hillsides," a new essay from work-in-progress, appears in Emrys Journal's annual issue. 

The journal only appears in print, but a copy of the essay is available on Google Drive. Click on the image to read "Rust on the Hillsides." The print issue is available here:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Wichita Eagle: 'A Great Fullness' is 'a compelling story'!

Praise for A Great Fullness in the Wichita Eagle:

"Sommer has crafted a compelling story of fine character sketches, filling in enough details of both major and minor figures to reflect lives that are complicated, compensating as best they can for the blows the world has dealt each one. No one of them is whole or unscarred, and each must determine how they will endure their own pain and how they will respond to those most important in their lives."

Read the complete review here.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Liftoff! Book Launch Party for 'A Great Fullness'

About fifty people joined us for an open house to celebrate the publication of my new novel, A Great Fullness. The book is available in hard-copy and ebook from Fomite Press, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and various on-line and independent bookstores.

Please do join me at Goodreads and share your thoughts on the book.

A few snapshots from a great gathering of friends and colleagues ...
Sharing a few lines from A Great Fullness.

With artist Matthew Richter
A great gathering of friends, including Kansas City Royals 
announcer Steve Physioc (at center).
L-R: Sarah Wiseman, Susan Carman, Jan Bombeck, Heather Sommer,
Frank Drinkwine, and Steve Hassler.
A brief reading from A Great Fullness -- and a big thank you to all!