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What's Up with America?: Author Colin Woodard, June 5, 2019

What's Up with America?
Author Colin Woodard

Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Community Room, Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library

Award-winning Maine journalist/historian Colin Woodard will present "What's Up with America?," a talk showing how divisions in the United States today are rooted in the settlement patterns of early America. Woodard's presentation includes maps and other visuals to help explain his analysis. It is based on his research for his celebrated books, American Nations and American Character.

The program will take place immediately after the Friends of the Library organization's brief annual meeting.

According to Woodard, at least 11 different regional traditions continue to shape the country's culture and politics right up through the rancor of Trump's America. He shows how the regions' struggle to reconcile individual liberty and the common good have led to both greatness and disaster. Woodard's cogent analysis helps "explain everything"!

In addition to his activities as an author, Woodard is a contributing editor at Politico and state and national affairs writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram. In his newspaper career, he won a 2012 George Polk Award, was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting and was named 2014 Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association.

A Maine native and a longtime foreign correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the San Francisco Chronicle, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and seven continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe.

Woodard's books include American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle between Individual Liberty and the Common Good; American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America; The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down; and the New England bestseller The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier, among others. See Woodard's own web site for more information.

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