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Sarah Vowell Book Talk: Unfamiliar Fishes

Sarah Vowell, The New York Times’ bestselling author of five nonfiction books on American history and culture, will be visiting Penn State on October 4. Vowell will talk about her most recent book, Unfamiliar Fishes (2011).

When: Oct 04, 2012 from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

Where: 101 Agricultural Science and Industries

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Sarah Vowell, The New York Times’ bestselling author of five nonfiction books on American history and culture, will be visiting Penn State on October 4. Vowell will talk about her most recent book, Unfamiliar Fishes (2011).

The event begins at 7:30 pm in the 101 Agricultural Science and Industries Building.

By examining the connections between the American past and present, Vowell 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.

vowell.jpgVowell’s most recent book is an intriguing history of Hawaii, which was 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 event is sponsored by the College of Education, the Paterno Fellow Program (in the College of the Liberal Arts), Schreyer Honors College, and the University Park Undergraduate Association.