Saturday, September 21, 7:30 PM

Sarah Vowell is the New York Times bestselling author of seven nonfiction books on American history and culture. By examining the connections between our past and present, she offers personal, often humorous accounts of American history as well as current events and politics.

One of those books (Lafayette in the Somewhat United States) explores the ideas and the battles of the American Revolution and the role of the Marquis de Lafayette, a charismatic teenage volunteer in George Washington’s army, whose celebrated “farewell” unity tour included travels through many Upper Valley towns.

In Somewhat United, Vowell lingers over the year 1824 – when Lafayette witnessed firsthand one of the most contentious presidential elections in our history. At LOH, she’ll use that text to shine a light on a nation that’s equally divided 200 years hence.

Vowell’s presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing.


As a journalist, she’s been a contributor at the New York Times, This American Life, Time, McSweeney’s, The Village Voice, and GQ.

Vowell is also a voice actor – including her role as teen superhero Violet Parr in Pixar’s Academy Award-winning The Incredibles, and its sequel, Incredibles 2.