Inspired by the Federal Writers' Project state guidebooks of the 1930s, editors Sean Wilsey and Matt Weiland's State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America features 50 essays that offer rich, personal reflections from 50 authors—including Susan Orlean, Sarah Vowell, Jonathan Franzen, and Joshua Ferris—on the history, lore, and occasionally unflattering traits that make each united state unique. Tonight, Franzen (New York) and Vowell (Montana) read from their contributions to this cross-country collection with Molly Shannon and Parker Posey.
Fri., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., 2008

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