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15th Anniversary of BookTV from 2011: "Unfamiliar Fishes"

Sarah Vowell

About the Program

In April of 2011, Sarah Vowell examined the Americanization of Hawaii that began with the arrival of New England missionaries in 1820.  The author recounts the coup, organized by the missionaries that deposed the last Hawaiian queen, Liliuokalani in 1893 and resulted in the annexation of the islands by the United States in 1898.   Hawai'i was named the 50th state on August 21, 1959.  2013 marks BookTV's 15th anniversary, which debuted on September 12, 1998.

About the Authors

Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell is the author of several books, including The Partly Cloudy Patriot and Assassination Vacation. She is a former contributing editor to NPR's This American Life and a columnist for San Francisco Weekly and Salon


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15th Anniversary of BookTV from 2011: "Unfamiliar Fishes"

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Past Airings

  • Sunday, December 1st at 6pm (ET)
  • Sunday, August 21st at 5pm (ET)
  • Tuesday, May 31st at 3am (ET)
  • Monday, May 30th at 3pm (ET)
  • Sunday, May 8th at 2am (ET)
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