Route 66 Novelist to Speak at Southeast


by News Bureau on Tuesday, Oct. 04, 2011


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 4, 2011 — Michael Lund, a Rolla, Mo., native who is the author of the popular series of novels set alongside historic U.S. Highway 66, will discuss his latest novel, “Route 66 Sweetheart,” at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17, in Room 336 of Southeast Missouri State University’s Kent Library.

Lund has authored nine novels in his Route 66 series, including “Growing Up on Route 66,” “Route 66 Kids,” “A Left-hander on Route 66,” “Route 66 to Vietnam: A Draftee’s Story,” and “Route 66 Chapel.” All are published by BeachHouse Books.

The Route 66 novels are set in the small town of Fairfield, Mo., (based on Rolla), and the characters contend with the enormous personal, social and political changes that affect their small-town life.

An Emeritus Professor of English at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Lund holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and master’s and doctoral degrees from Emory University. One of the foremost authorities on serial literature, he has published scholarly books and articles on the serial novels and stories of both American and British authors.

Lund’s visit to Southeast is being sponsored by the Department of English.