Sarah Vowell

Probably no one told Sarah Vowell when she was growing up that she should get into radio. With a whiny, nasally voice that sounds at once bored by the world and fascinated by the inner workings of her own mind, sheÕs an incredibly annoying anti-radio personality. Nonetheless, the woman can tell a good story, and always gets a wry laugh, which is why she’s become a regular on NPR’s This American Life. In her latest book, Assassination Vacation, Vowell embarks on a twisted road trip to sites of presidential assassinations, where she ponders the wackos who want to kill presidents, and the wackos who want to run for president. Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612-625-6000