Prof. Emeritus Mannon set for signing at Eli's

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Jim Mannon

James M. Mannon, professor emeritus of sociology at DePauw University, will sign his new autobiography, "Close, But No Cigar," at a Saturday, Feb. 13 event in Greencastle.

The retired professor will be at Eli's Books on the courthouse square for the book signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mannon taught at DePauw for 26 years before retiring in 2001.

"In this book I use stories, events in my life, which in the telling reveal the person I have become," the author notes. "Many of the stories are funny, some are sad and a few are tragic. That cannot be helped.

"My stories describe a life in which I struggled to be a good son, a likeable sibling, a loving husband and father, a good colleague and friend, and a faithful servant of my God. And I succeeded more or less well."

Mannon writes that in reviewing his life's successes, challenges and "close but not quite encounters ... A life of love without greatness is, I realize now, much preferable to greatness without love."

The retired educator says the text includes recollections of campus life at DePauw in the 1970s, '80s and '90s.

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