While Mortals Sleep

These posthumously uncovered stories from the great philosophical fantasist and humorist hail from the early part of his career, when he was writing for the "slick magazine" marketplace. Consequently, they exhibit more whimsy than savagery, and an Eisenhower-era perspective on life—albeit infused with Vonnegut's trademark lateral thinking.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.