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August 2022

The Clements Bookworm: “The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of The United States’ First Forgotten Celebrity An Author Conversation with Carolyn Eastman

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Carolyn Eastman pictured with the cover of her book, "The Strange Genius of Mr. O"

When James Ogilvie arrived in America in 1793, he was a deeply ambitious but impoverished teacher. By the time he returned to Britain in 1817, he had become a bona fide celebrity known simply as Mr. O, counting the nation’s leading politicians and intellectuals among his admirers. And then, like so many meteoric American luminaries afterward, he fell from grace. The Strange Genius of Mr. O is at once the biography of a remarkable performer--a gaunt Scottish orator who appeared…

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September 2022

The Clements Bookworm: “O Say Can You Hear?, A Cultural Biography of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner'” an Author Conversation with Mark Clague

September 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Mark Clague pictured with the cover of his book, "O Say Can You Hear?"

Mark Clague brilliantly weaves together the stories of the song and the nation it represents in his newest book In O Say Can You Hear?, A Cultural Biography of "The Star-Spangled Banner". Examining the origins of both text and music, alternate lyrics and translations, and the song’s use in sports, at times of war, and for political protest, he argues that the anthem’s meaning reflects—and is reflected by—the nation’s quest to become a more perfect union. From victory song to…

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