Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Sarah Vowell

Saturday, June 27, 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Esplanade 305

Be among the first to hear this journalist, essayist, social commentator and New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction books on American history and culture as she talks (among other things) about her humorous and perceptive account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette was a general who became wildly unpopular in his native France but so beloved by Americans that George Washington considered him a son and 90,000 people showed up to cheer for him when he sailed into New York Harbor after a 30-year absence. In the forthcoming book “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” (October 2015), Vowell offers an insightful look at a nation’s idealism and its reality through her portrait of the one Frenchman we could all agree upon.

Vowell is often referred to as a "social observer,” and her previous books include Unfamiliar Fishes, The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, and essay collections Take the Cannoli and Radio On. She was a contributing editor for This American Life and an original contributor to McSweeney’s. She has been a columnist for Salon, Time and San Francisco Weekly and writes occasional essays for the opinion page of the New York Times. In addition to making numerous appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Vowell is also the voice of teen superhero Violet Parr in the Academy Award-winning animated film The Incredibles.

Sponsored by Riverhead, a division of Penguin

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Friday, June 12, 2015 - 1:10pm PDT
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