Sarah Vowell Speaker Series Live-stream

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Acclaimed author offered her unique take on changing literary and information landscape on eve of National Library Week

PBS Books and U-M Penny Stamps Speaker Series present the live-stream Thursday, April 4, at 5:10 p.m.

Best-selling author, humorist and monologue artist, Sarah Vowell brought her wisdom and brilliant social observations to bear on the “Future of Libraries,” in a special presentation of the University of Michigan’s Penny Stamps Distinguished Speakers Series on Thursday, April 4, at 5:10 p.m.

Vowell’s appearance is a prelude National Library Week, a celebration of one of America’s most treasured public institutions, which has seen its vitality and importance continue to evolve to meet the needs of its communities.

Sarah Vowell can be counted on for cogent and sometimes comic observations on the changing landscape in which libraries exist. In seven nonfiction books on American history and culture, she has examined the connections between the American past and present.

She offers personal, often humorous accounts of everything from presidents and their assassins to colonial religious fanatics. Her most recent book is “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.”

Vowell is a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times and a columnist for, Time, and San Francisco Weekly, who also has produced a number of memorable monologues for “This American Life.” She is an active advisory board member of 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students aged 6-18 in Brooklyn, along with its sister organization in Los Angeles, 826LA.

The University of Michigan Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series each week presents national visionary leaders, who use their creative practice effectively. It celebrates those who transcend tradition and are progressive and influential with their work. More information can be found here.

Sarah Vowell’s appearance was co-presented with the Ann Arbor District Library and the University of Michigan Library.

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