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Monday, January 8, 2018

‘Losing Francis: Essays on the Wars at Home' to be released March 1st by Fomite Press

Losing Francis: Essays on the Wars at Home will be released by Fomite Press on March 1, 2018.  

Here's what some early readers are saying:

“Both harrowing and lovely, Losing Francis is a vibrant, indispensable document of life in our time.”  Whitney Terrell, author of The Good Lieutenant

"A poignant account of one couple's journey through the shadow cast by the death of their son. Inextricably woven into the story is the nefarious reality of the nation's ruinous recent wars. A compelling and insightful book."  —Mark Karlin, Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout

“Sommer’s prose often rises to the poetic, his storytelling is poignant yet never sentimental, and his unflinching honesty in relating his son’s life and death leave the reader with a lump in the throat and a righteous anger. Losing Francis will surely take its earned place in the lamentably-large library of great literature of the home front.”
—Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahoma State Poet Laureate 2017-18, author of What I Learned at the War

“Robert F. Sommer has written a remarkably compelling book with boldness and startling passion …. It reverberates and teaches and beyond all else, it rings with hope.”  —Barry Sanders, author of The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism

A portion of the proceeds will support the Francis D. Sommer Memorial Fund for Homeless Veterans. Pre-ordering will soon be available at Fomite Press and Amazon.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Art of Grief: ‘Windows and Mirrors’

"Collateral Damage," oil painting by Lillian Moats

Newly posted at The Common On-Line, "The Art of Grief: ‘Windows and Mirrors,’" an excerpt from my work-in-progress, Losing Francis: One Family's Journey through a Decade of War.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

'A Great Fullness' nominated for 2017 Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award


A Great Fullness has been nominated for the 2017 Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award, sponsored by the Kansas City Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

in 1979 by AAUW-KC, the award honors Thorpe Menn (1912-1979), long-time book editor of the Kansas City Star, who supported all aspects of Kansas City’s cultural life, especially authors and artists.


Saturday, December 31, 2016

'A Great Fullness' gets good marks at Goodreads!

Goodreads reviews for A Great Fullness


Thursday, December 1, 2016

A holiday gift for booklovers!

 “Sommer has crafted a compelling story of fine character sketches ….”
--The Wichita Eagle

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!