Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sarah Vowell comes to Book Passage

Popular author and This American Life (NPR) contributor Sarah Vowell will be visiting Book Passage on Friday, April 1st at 1:00 pm. This very funny and very witty writer will be speaking about her new book, Unfamiliar Fishes (Riverhead, $25.95), an examination of Hawaii, the place where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn.

On Monday, Vowell was on
The Daily Show with John Stewart. In this unedited, extended interview, Sarah Vowell looks back on the year that the United States became a world power for the first time. In the second part, she also tells a Saddam Hussein anecdote that involves a quilt. Take a look. Take a listen.

Many think of 1776 as the defining year in American history, when we became a nation devoted to the pursuit of happiness through self-government. In Unfamiliar Fishes, 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, invaded first Cuba, and then the Philippines, and became an international superpower practically overnight.

Among the many and various developments in these newly acquired outposts, Vowell considers the Americanization of Hawaii the most intriguing. With her trademark smart-alecky insights and reporting, Vowell lights out to discover the off, emblematic, and exceptional history of the fiftieth state, and in so doing finds America, warts and all.

Sarah Vowell has been a columnist for Salon, Time, and the San Francisco Weekly, and continues to write essays for the opinion page of The New York Times. Her work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Spin, Esquire, McSweeney's and GQ. A popular speaker, 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. In addition, she was the voice of teen superhero Violet Parr in Brad Bird’s Academy Award-winning The Incredibles, a Pixar Animation Studios film.

Sarah Vowell, the bestselling author of The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Take the Cannoli, and Radio On, will be speaking about her new book at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Friday, April 1st - no foolin'. Preferred seating to this special afternoon event is by book purchase. If you can't attend this event and would like a signed copy of Vowell's new hardback book, simply follow this link to place an order - and please note "signed copy" in the comments field.


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