Bookreading by bestselling author Sarah Vowell postponed

*NOTE: This talk has been postponed. Follow the Penn State lectures bulletin at for information about a new date.

Sarah Vowell, The New York Times’ bestselling author of five nonfiction books on American history and culture, will perform a reading from her most recent book, "Unfamiliar Fishes," at 7:30 p.m. on April 9, in the Auditorium (Room 117) at the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus. The reading will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing.

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’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.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015