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

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.

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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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603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
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WA – 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 The Neptune on Wednesday October 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM. Tickets (includes a copy of Sarah Vowell’s new book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States; redeemable at show) available at the link. General admission, seated.

Press Release:

STG Presents Sarah Vowell at the Neptune in Seattle on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Ticket includes entry to show + book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States (out Oct. 20, 2015).

This engagement is in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.

Sarah Vowell is the New York Times’ bestselling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture. By examining the connections between the American past and present, she 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. Her forthcoming book is entitled Lafayette in the Somewhat United States(Riverhead, October 2015).

Vowell’s previous book, Unfamiliar Fishes (2011) is the intriguing history of our 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.

The Wordy Shipmates examines the New England Puritans and their journey to and impact on America. She studies John Winthrop’s 1630 sermon “A Model of Christian Charity” and the bloody story that resulted from American exceptionalism. And she also traces the relationship of Winthrop, Massachusetts’ first governor, and Roger Williams, the Calvinist minister who founded Rhode Island – an unlikely friendship that was emblematic of the polar extremes of the American foundation. Throughout she reveals how American history can show up in the most unexpected places in our modern culture, often in poignant ways.

Her book Assassination Vacation (2005) is a haunting and surprisingly hilarious road trip to tourist sites devoted to the murders of presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. Vowell examines what these acts of political violence reveal about our national character and our contemporary society.

She is also the author of two essay collections, The Partly Cloudy Patriot (2002) and Take the Cannoli (2000). Her first book Radio On (1997), is her year-long diary of listening to the radio in 1995.

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 was one of the original contributors to McSweeney’s, also participating in many of the quarterly’s readings and 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.

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.

Vowell is the president of the board of 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students aged 6-18 in Brooklyn.

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Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 682-1414

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

NYC – Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Launch party

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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 Book Court on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 7:00 – 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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Book Court
163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 875-3677

 

MA – Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Signing

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Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and The Wordy Shipmates SARAH VOWELL on Friday October 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM for a reading from her latest book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette.

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.

Tickets are available now at the link…

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First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-7772

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Sarah Vowell signs on Friday March 25, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome popular historian and public radio personality SARAH VOWELL as she discusses her newest book, Unfamiliar Fishes.

Many think of 1776 as the defining year of American history, when we became a nation devoted to the pursuit of happiness through self-government. In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as defining, when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded first Cuba, then the Philippines, becoming an international superpower practically overnight. 

Among the developments in these outposts of 1898, Vowell considers the Americanization of Hawaii the most intriguing. From the arrival of New England missionaries in 1820, their goal to Christianize the local heathen, to the coup d’état of the missionaries’ sons in 1893, which overthrew the Hawaiian queen, the events leading up to American annexation feature a cast of beguiling, and often appealing or tragic, characters: whalers who fired cannons at the Bible-thumpers denying them their God-given right to whores, an incestuous princess pulled between her new god and her brother-husband, sugar barons, lepers, con men, Theodore Roosevelt, and the last Hawaiian queen, a songwriter whose sentimental ode “Aloha ‘Oe” serenaded the first Hawaiian president of the United States during his 2009 inaugural parade. 

“Ever-clever NPR contributor Vowell offers a quick, idiosyncratic account of Hawaii from the time Capt. James Cook was dispatched to the then–Sandwich Islands to the end of the 19th century, when the United States annexed the islands…. The author presents the views of the islanders as well as the invaders, as she delves into journals and narratives and takes field trips with local guides. Her characteristic light touch is evident throughout. Lively history and astute sociology make a sprightly chronicle of a gorgeous archipelago and its people.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138