Jon Stewart Book Binge, Day 3

On Day 3 of our tribute to Jon Stewart for his focus on books and reading during his 16-year tenure on the Daily Show, we look at his interviews with a woman he calls “one of my favorite authors of all time,” Sarah Vowell.

Her next book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States (Penguin/Riverhead) won’t be published until October, well after Stewart exits the show on August 6th, but he used the Fourth of July holiday as an excuse to feature it, even though he couldn’t use his signature line, “It’s on the bookshelves now!”

Vowell used the opportunity to elicit a rare hug from Stewart, by tricking him in to re-enacting a tender moment between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

Vowell appeared for the first time on the show in 2002 for her third book The Partly Cloudy Patriot. Stewart featured her for every one of her books since, often twice (once for the hardcover and again for the paperback).

Her funniest and most poignant appearance, however, was not with Stewart, but with his stand-in John Oliver and not for her own book, but for one by her good friend, David Rakoff who died of cancer weeks before he finished his novel Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish (RH/Doubleday). That appearance turned the book into a best seller.

A full list of Vowell’s appearances on the Daily Show, with links, after the jump.

The Partly Cloudy Patriot, 2002

9/12/2002 – (6:13)

7/14/2004 – (5:26)

Assassination Vacation, 2003

4/19/2005 – (6:05)

2/21/2006 – (5:52)

The Wordy Shipmates2008

10/7/2008 – (6:37)

Sarah Vowell10/5/2009 – (6:21)

Unfamiliar Fishes, 2011

Sarah Vowell03/21/2011 – (4:43)

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, David Rakoff , 2011

Exclusive – Sarah Vowell Extended Interview Pt. 103/21/2011 – (5:27)

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, October, 2015

Exclusive – Sarah Vowell Extended Interview07/2/2015 – (9:38)



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