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National Book Festival

Sarah Vowell is a contributing editor for National Public Radio's "This American Life" and has written for Time, Esquire, GQ, Spin, Salon, McSweeneys, The Village Voice and the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of "Radio On," "Take the Cannoli" and "The Partly Cloudy Patriot." Her new book, "Unfamiliar Fishes" (Riverhead/Penguin), chronicles the Americanization of Hawaii, from its annexation in 1898 to the last Hawaiian queen, who serenaded the first president from Hawaii during his 2009 inaugural parade.

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Sarah Vowell

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