Sarah Vowell is best known for her monologues and documentaries for public radio's "This American Life." Newsweek named her "Rookie of the Year" for nonfiction in 1997 for her first book, Radio On: A Listener's Diary, which was followed by Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World and The Partly Cloudy Patriot. As a critic and reporter, Vowell's writing has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Esquire, GQ, Artforum, The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Spin, and McSweeney's. As a columnist, she has covered education for Time; American culture for Salon.com; and pop music for the San Francisco Weekly, for which she won a 1996 Music Journalism Award. Vowell has performed her comic monologues at the Aspen Comedy Festival, Amsterdam's Crossing Borders Festival, and Seattle's Foolproof Comedy Festival. She has appeared on the "Late Show" with David Letterman, "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, "Nightline," and is a regular on "Late Night" with Conan O'Brien.
[extracted from 2003 brochure]