Best known for his two-part play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Kushner has received a Pulitzer Prize, seven Tony awards, Drama Critics’ Circle Award and The Evening Standard Award. He is the author of several books and was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay of Spielberg’s film Lincoln, which won the New York Film Critics Circle Award, Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Chicago Film Critics Award and several others. Kushner was also the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award in 2008, the most prestigious theater award in America.
Vowell is a New York Times bestselling author of six non-fiction novels on American history and culture. She has also published two collections of essays—The Partly Cloudy Patriot (2002) and Take the Cannoli (2000). She was a contributing editor for the public radio show, This American Life, from 1996-2008, and has worked as a columnist for Salon.com, Time and San Francisco Weekly.
United by their interest in the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, Kushner and Vowell come together to examine the presidency of one of America’s most celebrated figures. The talk takes place February 20, at UCSB Campbell Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Books by each author will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For ticket inquiries, visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu or call 805/893-3535.