Sarah Vowell, author of several books and contributing editor on public radio's This American Life, has been concerning herself not only with current Americans' lives but also with those of brand-new seventeenth-century Americans. Her latest book, The Wordy Shipmates, explores the Puritans and their legacy; it delves into why the Puritans left England and offers up modern-day examples of their continued influence. In other words, through fact and social commentary, Vowell makes history fun and relevant. To meet this author and have her sign a copy of Shipmates, head to the Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street) at 7 p.m. tonight. Vowell appears as the guest of Left Bank Books, so call the shop at 314-367-6731 or visit www.left-bank.com for more information.
Wed., Oct. 29, 2008