This Week on Well Read TV: Sarah Vowell Talks about Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

This week on Well Read, New York Times-bestselling author Sarah Vowell will be speaking with hosts Terry Tazioli and Mary Anne Gwinn about her latest book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States (2015). Published in October, Lafayette chronicles the expeditions of French aristocrat and Revolutionary War general, the Marquis de Lafayette. Vowell’s seventh book of historical nonfiction, the unique narrative examines a life—and country—as torn by chaos as it is bound by loyalty. In the video clip above, Vowell discusses her short-lived dream of becoming the next Louis Armstrong—and answers readers’ questions, including, “How do you decide on which historical event or historical person you want to write about?”

To watch her full conversation with Tazioli and Gwinn, check your public television affiliate’s schedule for this Friday, January 8th.

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