CA – Molly and the Bear Signing

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Join Gallery Nucleus on Saturday May 28th, 2016 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm with Disney Animation artist Bob Scott for his signing of his published popular comic book strip Molly and the Bear. If you always wanted to introduce your little ones to comics, now is the chance!

FREE Admission
Books will be available for purchase at the signing

About the book:
It can be tough on a family when someone new has moved in, especially if it’s a 900-pound scaredy-bear so terrified of wilderness life that he’s fled to the burbs. Fortunately Bear was found by Molly, a fearlessly optimistic 11-year-old can-doer who has taken him firmly in hand, devoted to seeing her hirsute BFF cope with modern life. Molly’s Mom is happy with the new sibling — Bear’s an excellent conversationalist and loves her homemade cookies. But Dad is having a harder time, his role as center of the universe now shared with an ursine behemoth who, unfortunately, adores him.

About the Artist:
Bob Scott lives in both the world of comic strips and animation. Born in Detroit, he taught himself cartooning, emulating the masters in the funny pages. Acceptance and graduation from California Institute of the Arts opened the world of character animation for Bob. He has worked over 30 years in the industry as an animator, character designer, storyboard artist and voice talent. His credits can be found on projects from Marvel’s Muppet Babies, Turner Animation’s Cats Don’t Dance and Pixar’s The Incredibles. He has worked for Jim Davis, co-penciling U.S. Acres and co-directing Garfield: His 9 Lives. His heart has always wanted a comic strip of his own, and so Molly and the Bear was born in 1997 and became a syndicated webcomic in 2010. Scott lives in Burbank, CA.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

CA – Molly and the Bear Signing

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Cartoonist Bob Scott appears at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM to sign his new book, Molly and the Bear. This is the first book of the popular syndicated comic strip created by Disney Animation artist Bob Scott, whose illustrious career has spanned over three decades and has included projects ranging from Warner Brother’s Bugs Bunny cartoons to Pixar’s The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 579-4452

PA – Sarah Vowell Speaks

00-VOWELL-lafayetteBestselling author Sarah Vowell appears at Lafayette College on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM to discuss her latest book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, described as an unconventional account of the Marquis de Lafayette’s service in Washington’s army, as part of the Jones Visiting Lecture series.

Her work explores how the young French aristocrat expected to discover an America united by the ideals of the Enlightenment but instead found divided allegiances — revolutionaries and loyalists — and a Congress often at odds with the Continental Army.

Vowell has written seven nonfiction books on American History, including Assassination Vacation and The Partly Cloudy Patriot. Described as the “Queen of the literary hipster nerds” by Vanity Fair, Vowell is an American author, journalist, essayist, social commentator, and actress. She was a contributing editor for “This American Life” from 1996-2008, producing numerous commentaries and documentaries for the weekly public radio show broadcast and touring the country for many of its live shows. She has made several appearances on the “Late Show” with David Letterman, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.

Vowell is known for examining the connections between the American past and present. he offers personal, 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.

You may recognize Vowell’s voice from the Pixar animated film “The Incredibles,” for which where she provided the voice for Violet Parr, the shy teenager. Born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Vowell earned a B.A. from Montana State University in 1993 in modern languages and literatures and a M.A. in art history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996.

The Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Visiting Lecture Series was founded by Trustee Emeritus Thomas Roy Jones in 1973 to provide Lafayette College students with the opportunity to hear presentations by and interact with individuals of exemplary accomplishment in the academic world or in public life.

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Lafayette College – Colton Chapel
730 High St, Easton, PA 18042

IN – Sarah Vowell Signs

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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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Indiana State University
218 N 6th St, Terre Haute, IN 47809
(800) 468-6478

Steel City Con Returns on Dec. 4-6

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Steel City Con returns to the Monroeville Convention Center on December 4-6, 2015 with guests including Sean Astin, Tommy Flanagan, Jason Mewes, Ric Flair, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt, Adrian Paul, Corbin Bernsen, William Katt, Walter Koenig, Amy Allen, Nalini Krishan, Naomi Grossman, Larry Thomas, Ken Kelly, Ani-Mia, and many more!

The Steel City Con is the exclusive comic con of the Monroeville Convention Center.  It is one of the largest comic cons in the United States with over 100,000 square feet of convention space and filled with 750 vendor tables,  artist alley, and celebrity guests.  At the Steel City Con you can meet TV and film celebrities along with experience celebrity Q&As, panels, celebrity photo ops, and the Artist Charity Quick Sketch. You can also take part in the Steel City Con’s cosplay, trivia contest and costume contests!

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Buy Tickets: www.steelcitycon.com/buy-tickets
Show Info: www.steelcitycon.com

TX – Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Signing

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Author Sarah Vowell (also the voice of Violet Parr in The Incredibles) appears at BookPeople on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM to present and sign her new book Lafayette in the Somewhat United States. Tickets are available at the link…

If you’ve never enjoyed history, you’ve never read Sarah Vowell. We’re stoked to have “The Madonna of Americanah” (LA Times), This American Life contributor, and author of several books, including Assassination Vacation, school us on Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. Join us for an insightful and hilarious portrait of a nation’s idealism and its reality. The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States from BookPeople.

EVENT & TICKET GUIDELINES

The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public.
Tickets are required to join the signing line.
Tickets are only available with the purchase of a copy of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States from BookPeople.
Books & tickets are now available to pre-order. Purchasing a book online automatically assigns you a ticket for the signing. There is no separate “ticket” item to add to your cart.
Tickets are lettered. The line for the signing will form according to ticket letter after the author speaks.

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BookPeople
603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5050

WI – Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Signing

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Sarah Vowell appears at the Madison Central Library on Friday October 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM in Community Room 301 & 302.

Press Release:
From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes, a humorous and insightful account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette–the one Frenchman we could all agree on–and an insightful portrait of a nation’s idealism and its reality.

On August 16, 1824, an elderly French gentlemen sailed into New York Harbor and giddy Americans were there to welcome him. Or, rather, to welcome him back. It had been thirty years since the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette had last set foot in the United States, and he was so beloved that 80,000 people showed up to cheer for him.

The entire population of New York at the time was 120,000. Lafayette’s arrival in 1824 coincided with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history, Congress had just fought its first epic battle over slavery, and the threat of a Civil War loomed. But Lafayette, belonging to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction, was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what they wanted this country to be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans, it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing singular past.

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is a humorous and insightful portrait of the famed Frenchman, the impact he had on our young country, and his ongoing relationship with some of the instrumental Americans of the time, including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and many more.

Doors will open at 6:05 PM.

About Presenter Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell is the New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction books on American history and culture, including Unfamiliar Fishes, The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, as well as the essay collections Take the Cannoli and Radio On. She was a contributing editor for This American Life as well as one of the original contributors to McSweeney’s. She has been a columnist for Salon, Time and San Francisco Weekly and continues to write occasional essays for the opinion page of the New York Times. Vowell has made numerous appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She is the voice of teen superhero Violet Parr in Brad Bird’s Academy Award-winning The Incredibles, a Pixar Animation Studios film.

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Madison Central Library
201 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703
(608) 266-6300

SF – Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Signing

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Sarah Vowell appears in conversation with Daniel Handler on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm! Tickets available at the link…

Sarah Vowell will be reading from and signing her new book “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” and conversing with Daniel Handler at the Nourse Theater in October as part of the City Arts & Lectures series. Ticket sale ($29) proceeds will benefit 826 Valencia‘s scholarship program.

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Nourse Theater
275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, California 94102

CA – Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Signing

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Sarah Vowell (author and voice actor of Violet Parr from The Incredibles) debuts her new book “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM!

Press Release:

Sarah Vowell’s newest book is a humorous and insightful account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette—the one Frenchman we could all agree on—and an insightful portrait of a nation’s idealism and its reality.
On August 16, 1824, an elderly French gentleman sailed into New York Harbor and giddy Americans were there to welcome him. Or, rather, to welcome him back. It had been thirty years since the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette had last set foot in the United States, and he was so beloved that 80,000 people showed up to cheer for him. The entire population of New York at the time was 120,000.

Lafayette’s arrival in 1824 coincided with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history, Congress had just fought its first epic battle over slavery, and the threat of a Civil War loomed. But Lafayette, belonging to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction, was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what they wanted this country to be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans, it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing singular past. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is a portrait of the famed Frenchman, the impact he had on our young country, and his ongoing relationship with some of the instrumental Americans of the time, including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and many more.

Sarah Vowell is the New York Times’ bestselling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture, including Unfamiliar Fishes, The Wordy Shipmates, and Assassination Vacation. Vowell was one of the original contributors to McSweeney’s, participating in many of the quarterly’s readings and shows, and has been a columnist for Salon.com, Time, San Francisco Weekly, and the New York Times. She was a frequent contributor to This American Life and has made numerous appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She voiced teen superhero Violet Parr in Brad Bird’s Academy Award-winning The Incredibles. Vowell was the president of the board of 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students aged 6-18 in Brooklyn, from its founding in 2004 until 2014.

Important signing line details:
Priority signing line vouchers are available with book purchase. Attendees may reserve a spot in the signing line by pre-ordering a copy of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States from Bookshop Santa Cruz before the event (in store or online). At the signing, voucher holders will be called up to enter signing line according to the number on their voucher.

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Bookshop Santa Cruz
1520 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-423-0900

PA – Sarah Vowell Signs

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Sarah Vowell (author and voice actor of Violet from The Incredibles) debuts her new book “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” at the Philadelphia Library on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM!

About Lafayette in the Somewhat United States:
Chronicling General Lafayette’s years in Washington’s army, Vowell reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War. Riding shotgun with Lafayette, Vowell swerves from the high-minded debates of Independence Hall to the frozen wasteland of Valley Forge, from bloody battlefields to the Palace of Versailles, bumping into John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Lord Cornwallis, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette and various kings, Quakers and redcoats along the way.

Drawn to the patriots’ war out of a lust for glory, Enlightenment ideas and the traditional French hatred for the British, young Lafayette crossed the Atlantic expecting to join forces with an undivided people, encountering instead fault lines between the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, rebel and loyalist inhabitants, and a conspiracy to fire George Washington, the one man holding together the rickety, seemingly doomed patriot cause.

While Vowell’s yarn is full of the bickering and infighting that marks the American past—and present—her telling of the Revolution is just as much a story of friendship: between Washington and Lafayette, between the Americans and their French allies and, most of all between Lafayette and the American people. Coinciding with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history, Vowell lingers over the elderly Lafayette’s sentimental return tour of America in 1824, when three fourths of the population of New York City turned out to welcome him ashore. As a Frenchman and the last surviving general of the Continental Army, Lafayette belonged to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction. He was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what the founders hoped this country could be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing, singular past.

Vowell’s narrative look at our somewhat united states is humorous, irreverent and wholly original.

Author Bio:
Sarah Vowell is the bestselling author of Unfamiliar Fishes, The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, and The Partly Cloudy Patriot.

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Free Library of Philadelphia – Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5322

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