Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell on The Lincoln Legacy

Posted on Feb 17 by SEASONS Magazine


Tony Kushner photo by Joan Marcus; Sarah Vowell photo by Owen Brooker.

Tony Kushner photo by Joan Marcus; Sarah Vowell photo by Owen Brooker.

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents The Lincoln Legacy: The Man and His Presidency, a mediated discussion by playwright Tony Kushner and author Sarah Vowell.

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, 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 or call 805/893-3535.

—Ali Rank


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