Sarah Vowell (author and voice actor of Violet from The Incredibles) appears at Tilson Auditorium of Indiana State University on February 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public.
Vowell is the New York Times’ bestselling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture. Her seventh, “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” will be released in October of 2015. By examining the connections between the American past and present, she offers personal and often humorous accounts of everything from presidents and their assassins to colonial religious fanatics, as well as thoughts on American Indians, utopian dreamers, pop music and the odd cranky cartographer. Her most recent book, “Unfamiliar Fishes” (2011), is the intriguing history of the nation’s 50th state, Hawaii, annexed in 1898. Replete with a cast of beguiling and often tragic characters, including an overthrown Hawaiian queen, whalers, missionaries, sugar barons, Teddy Roosevelt and assorted con men, “Unfamiliar Fishes” is another history lesson in Americana as only Vowell can tell it – with brainy wit and droll humor. Vowell was a contributing editor for the public radio show “This American Life” from 1996-2008, where she produced numerous commentaries and documentaries and toured the country in many of the program’s live shows. She has been a columnist for Salon.com, Time and San Francisco Weekly and continues to write occasional essays for the opinion page of the New York Times.
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