Best-selling author to have book signing at Hayes Presidential, speak at BGSU

 A best-selling author of books about American history and culture will have a book-signing reception at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and then speak at Bowling Green State University on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Sarah Vowell is author of “Lafayette and the Somewhat United States,” “Assassination Vacation” and other non-fiction books that offer personal and often-humorous examinations of the connections between the American past and present.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is bringing her to Fremont and BGSU as part of its “Finding Her Voice” program, which offers exhibits and events focusing on women’s history throughout 2019 and 2020.

Vowell will sign copies of her books during a reception at noon at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. Light refreshments will be served. The reception is limited to 50 people. Reservations are free but required. They can be made online at https://www.rbhayes.org/events/2019/10/23/events/sarah-vowell-book-signing-reception-at-hayes-presidential/.

 Some of Vowell’s titles will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Then at 4 p.m., Vowell will have a public conversation at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater at BGSU with Christie Weininger, Hayes Presidential executive director, followed by a question-and-answer-session with attendees.

Students receive free admission to the event. Tickets are required for non-students and cost $15. Tickets are available at https://www.rbhayes.org/events/2019/10/23/events/sarah-vowell-conversation-and-q-a-at-bgsu/.

After the discussion, Vowell will sign copies of her books at 5:30 p.m. The book-signing is also open to the public.

For information on parking at BGSU, visit https://www.bgsu.edu/parking-services.html.

Vowell’s books offer personal 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.

“Assassination Vacation” includes her examination of the deaths of two Ohio presidents, William McKinley and James A. Garfield, and she talks about her visits to their presidential sites in Ohio in the book. The book is a haunting and surprisingly hilarious road trip to tourist sites devoted to their murders, as well as Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Vowell examines what these acts of political violence reveal about our national character and contemporary society.

Vowell was a contributing editor for the public radio show “This American Life” from 1996 -2008, where she produced numerous commentaries and documentaries and toured the country in many of the program’s live shows. She was one of the original contributor to “McSweeney’s,” also participating in many of the quarterly’s readings and shows.

She has been a columnist for Salon.com, Time and San Francisco Weekly and is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times.

Vowell was president of the board of 826NYC, a non-profit tutoring and writing center for students aged 6-18 in Brooklyn, from its founding in 2004 until 2014. She is still a member of its advisory board, along with its sister organization in Los Angeles, 826LA.

 “Finding Her Voice” is sponsored by title sponsors the Reed Fund of The Toledo Community Foundation and major sponsors The Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation and ProMedica Memorial Hospital. “Finding Her Voice” is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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