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Is America as divided as it seems? Oxford University graduate student Ryan Bernsten takes a 23,000-mile journey through all 50 states of his home country to answer that question. 50 States of Mind: A Journey to Rediscover American Democracy is a work of travel nonfiction in the style of Alexis de Tocqueville that takes readers on a long and winding journey through all 50 states to explore the complexities of today’s America. Leading with the desire to listen and overcome preconceived notions, Bernsten ultimately offers a hopeful vision for the future of America as he embarks on a search for meaning and reflects on what it means to be American. The companion podcast “50 States of Mind,” featured in Condé Nast Traveler, showcases live interviews from the journey and is available on all podcast platforms. 50 States of Mind has been featured on Kansas City NPR, Two Broads Talking PoliticsSanityChicago IndivisibleNorthwestern Intersections, Travel For a Loop, and in The Pitch and Condé Nast Traveler. 








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50 States of Mind 2023 Tour

William Jewell College

Tuesday, April 17, 2023: 10am

Yates Room

500 College Hill, Liberty, MO 64068

American Public Square
Tuesday, April 17, 2023: 5:30pm

Pigrim Chapel

3801 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Amery Public Library, Wisconsin
Saturday, June 17, 2023: 2pm

104 W Maple St, Amery, WI 54001

St. Croix Falls Library, Wisconsin
Saturday, June 17, 2023: 6pm

230 S Washington St, St Croix Falls, WI 54024

Rooted Store Book Launch, Rockford, Illinois

Saturday, June 24, 2023: 5pm

1408 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103

Edgerton Public Library, Wisconsin 

Monday, June 26, 2023: 6pm 

101 Albion St, Edgerton, WI 53534

Bremen Public Library, Maine

Thursday, July 20, 2023: 6:30 pm

204 Waldoboro Rd, Bremen, ME 04551

Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, Maine

Friday, July 21, 2023: 6pm

4 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

Bethlehem Public Library, New Hampshire

Saturday, July 22, 2023: 12pm

2245 Main St, Bethlehem, NH 03574

Walpole Town Library, New Hampshire

Monday, July 24, 2023: 5pm

48 Main St, Walpole, NH 03608

Greenfield Public Library, Massachusetts

Tuesday, July 25, 2023: 6:30pm

402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301

Lawrence Public Library, Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 26, 2023: 6pm

51 Lawrence St, Lawrence, MA 01841

Food for Thought Dinner, Hancock Shaker Village

Thursday, July 27, 2023: 6:30pm

Keynote Speaker

1843 West Housatonic Street Pittsfield, MA 01201

Oak Bluffs Public Library, Massachusetts

Friday, July 28, 2023: 5pm

56r School St, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Mashpee Public Library, Massachusetts

Saturday, July 29, 2023: 3pm

64 Steeple St, Mashpee, MA 02649

Hingham Public Library, Massachusetts

Monday, July 31, 2023: 7pm

66 Leavitt St, Hingham, MA 02043

Quincy Public Library, Massachusetts

Tuesday, August 1, 2023: 7pm

Thomas Crane Public Library

519 Sea Street, Quincy, MA

Rangeley Public Library, Maine

Wednesday, August 2, 2023: 6pm

7 Lake St, Rangeley, ME 04970

Medford Public Library, Massachusetts

Thursday, August 3, 2023: 10am

111 High St, Medford, MA 02155

Meg Jones Author Fest

Saturday, August 12, 2023: from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Oak Creek Public Library

8040 South 6th Street Oak Creek, WI 53154

Bliss Wine and Books

Wednesday, August 23, 2023: 4:30 pm 

3502 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Bonner Springs Public Library, Kansas

Saturday, September 9: 10am

ZOOM Discussion

Barnes and Noble, Rockford Illinois

Sunday, September 10: 1-3pm

7200 Harrison Ave #5, Rockford, IL 61112

Lake Geneva Public Library, Wisconsin 

Thursday, September 14, 2023: 2pm

918 W Main St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Burlington Public Library, Wisconsin 

Thursday, September 14: 6pm

166 E Jefferson St, Burlington, WI 53105

Spectrum School, Rockford

Saturday, September 16: 6pm

4848 Turner St, Rockford, IL 61107

Wilbraham Public Library

Wednesday, December 6: 6pm


Beloit Public Library, Wisconsin

Thursday, January 11: 6pm

605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI 53511

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