Sarah Vowell is an alumna of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, so this is a bit of a homecoming for her. During the question and answer section of the evening, someone asks how her career progressed from studying art, to being a music critic, to writing about American History. She explains it wasn’t all planned out and sometimes it was just a matter of circumstances. For instance, of all the schools she applied to, only SAIC accepted her. So that was an easy choice!
Another audience member asks if she wrote about the Articles of Confederation in her latest book and if she could write an entire book about them. Vowell’s response: “Not much and no.” It was met with a burst of laughter by the crowd. She goes on to explain that she doesn’t take requests like Bon Jovi. However, she does understand what’s it like to be interested in something most people aren’t. Vowell’s talent lies in making a subject that could be dull, such as American History, and adding a modern take with comedic overtones. Get her latest book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States now!