Centrum welcomes New York Times’ bestselling author of nonfiction books on American history and culture, Sarah Vowell.
Monday, April 12, 2021
5:30 p.m. | Online
Moderated by Shelly Leavens, Jefferson County Historical Society
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By examining the connections between the American past and present, she offers personal, often humorous accounts of American history as well as current events and politics. Her most recent book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, explores both the ideas and the battles of the American Revolution.
Vowell’s book, Unfamiliar Fishes is the intriguing history of our 50th state, Hawaii, annexed in 1898. She is also the author of essay collections, The Partly Cloudy Patriot and Take the Cannoli.
Vowell was the president of the board of 826NYC, a nonprofit 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.
Shelly Leavens has worked in the non-profit sector for 20 years, and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Jefferson County Historical Society. She is an artist, writer, oral historian, and curator, born and raised in Vancouver, Washington. She holds undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and International Studies from Penn State University, and a Masters in Museology from the University of Washington. Leavens is dedicated to long distance hiking, raising a small human out-of-doors, and community service as a Rotarian. She lives in Port Townsend with her family.