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New York Times bestselling author Sarah Vowell and musician Jon Langford for an evening of tales and songs of Ships and Islands to promote her latest book, Unfamilar Fishes. A copy of the book is included in the ticket price.
Unfamiliar Fishes makes unexpected and eye-opening connections between America’s past and present, as well as between the lush tropical paradise lost that is Hawaii’s history and our broader national story.
Sarah Vowell is the author of five previous books: the New York Times bestsellers The Wordy Shipmates and Assassination Vacation, as well as The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Take the Cannoli, and Radio On. 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, Time, and San Francisco Weekly, and continues to write occasional essays for the opinion page of The New York Times. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Spin,Esquire, and GQ. A popular speaker who lectures frequently across the country, 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. Vowell is the president of the board of 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students aged six to eighteen in Brooklyn. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Montana, she lives in New York City.
Jon Langford was originally the drummer for the punk band The Mekons when it formed at the University of Leeds in 1977, but he later took up the guitar as other band members left. Since the mid-1980s he has been one of the leaders in incorporating folk and country music into punk rock. He has released a number of solo recordings as well as recordings with other bands outside of The Mekons, most notably the Waco Brothers, which he co-founded after moving to Chicago in the early 1990s. He is involved with the Chicago-based, independent record label Bloodshot.
The show is expected to be 60-75 minutes long.