It Occurs to Me that I am America New Stories and Art
It Occurs to Me that I am America New Stories and Art

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A provocative, unprecedented anthology featuring original short stories and art from some of today’s most acclaimed writers and artists.

To be published in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) upon the one-year anniversary of the Presidential Inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington.

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In It Occurs to Me That I Am America, some of today’s most acclaimed writers and artists consider the fundamental ideals of a free, just, and compassionate democracy through heart-stirring and often provocative original fiction and art. Featuring all-new short stories from more than thirty-five bestselling and award-winning authors, as well as daring, full-color and black-and-white art, this one-of-a-kind keepsake is a stunning exploration of the state of our union through gorgeous, fierce, fervent, and occasionally funny storytelling.

 

Now more than ever, we must ask ourselves:
who are the WE in We the People?

 

 

contributors

JULIA
ALVAREZ

LEE
CHILD

ERIC
FISCHL

NEIL
GAIMAN

ALICE
WALKER

VIET THANH NGUYEN

Photo © BeBe Jacobs

Photo © Bill Eichner

Photo © Sigrid Estrada

Photo © Carolyn Cole

Photo © Ulf Andersen

Photo © Ana Elena

MARY HIGGINS CLARK

JAUNE QUICK-TO-SEE SMITH

MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

SHAHZIA
SIKANDER

ROZ
CHAST

RICHARD
RUSSO

Photo © Bernard Vidal

Photo © Thomas King

Photo © Thea Goldberg

Photo © John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Photo © Bill Franzen

Photo © Elena Seibert

ALICE
HOFFMAN

GISH
JEN

SUSAN
ISAACS

HA
JIN

JOYCE CAROL OATES

STEPHEN L. CARTER

Photo © Deborah Feingold

Photo © Romana Vysatova

Photo © Deborah Feingold

Photo Courtesy of the Author

Photo © Dustin Cohen

Photo © Elena Seibert

ELIZABETH STROUT

ART
SPIEGELMAN

PAUL
THEROUX

WALTER
MOSLEY

PHILIP GOUREVITCH

BLISS
BROYARD

Photo © Dario Lasagni

Photo © Bertrand Langlois

Photo © Steve McCurry

Photo © Kirk McKoy

Photo © Victor G. Jeffreys II

Photo © Erin Patrice O'Brien

MARK
DI IONNO

MIMI
POND

ANGELA FLOURNOY

MARILYN
MINTER

JAMES HANNAHAM

LILY
KING

Photo © Patti Sapone

Photo © Lynda Burdick

Photo © Latoya T. Duncan

Photo © Nadya Wasylko

Photo © Ian Douglas

Photo © Winky Lewis

SHEILA
KOHLER

ELINOR
LIPMAN

JOYCE
MAYNARD

SUSAN
MINOT

RUSSELL
BANKS

DAVID
STOREY

Photo © Beowulf Sheehan

Photo Courtesy of the Author

Photo © Catherine Sebastian

Photo © Huger Foote

Photo © Arnaud Meyer

Photo © James A Scheuren

SARA
PARETSKY

TOM
PIAZZA

S.J.
ROZAN

JOnathan
santlofer

JUSTIN
TORRES

EDMUND
WHITE

Photo © Steven E. Gross

Photo © Rick Gargiulo

Photo © Marion Ettlinger

Photo © Clarke Tolton

Photo © Gregory Cowley

Photo © Rex Features

SUSAN
CRILE

LOUISE
ERDRICH

DEBORAH
KASS

JANE
KENT

BEVERLY
McIVER

ELIZABETH FRANK

Photo Courtesy of the Author

Photo © Ulf Andersen

Photo © Tony Cenicola

Photo © James A Scheuren

Photo © Jared Lazarus
Duke University Photography

Photo © Constance Kheel

ERIC
ORNER

ANNA
DUNN

Bridget Hawkins

Heidi
Pitlor

Photo © Dave Zackin

Photo © Jordan Geiger

Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Photo © Aynsley Floyd

EVENTS

NEW YORK, NY
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway, Rare Books Room
New York, NY 10003

Contributors Lee Child, Susan Minot,
Angela Flournoy and Michael Cunningham,
James Hannaham and artist Eric Fischl in
conversation with Editor of IT OCCURS TO ME
THAT I AM AMERICA, Jonathan Santlofer.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 6:30 PM
San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94102

Joyce Carol Oates in conversation with
Editor Jonathan Santlofer,
IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA.

BOSTON, MA

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 6:00 PM
Boston Public Library

700 Boylston Street, Rabb Hill
Boston, MA 02116

Contributors Alice Hoffman,
Ha Jin and Heidi Pitlor in conversation
with Editor Jonathan Santlofer,
IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA.

LOS ANGELES, CA

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Skylight Books

1818 N Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Contributing writer Viet Thanh Nguyen and artist Mimi Pond in conversation with Editor Jonathan Santlofer, IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA.

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 6:00 PM
Octavia Books

513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Contributor writer Tom Piazza in conversation
with Editor Jonathan Santlofer,
IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA.

Saratoga Springs, NY

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 6:00 PM
Northshire Bookstore

424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Yaddo Presents a conversation with writer Russell Banks and Editor of IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA, Jonathan Santlofer.

BROOKLYN, NY

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Greenlight Bookstore

686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Contributor writers Philip Gourevitch,
Bliss Broyard, Anna Dunn and Elinor Lipman
and artist Eric Orner in conversation with
Editor Jonathan Santlofer,
IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA.

NEW YORK, NY

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Symphony Space “Selected Shorts”

2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

Stories by Elizabeth Strout, Julia Alvarez, Susan Minot and Philip Gourevitch. Appearances by contributors Elizabeth Strout, Julia Alvarez, and artists Shahzia Sikander and Marilyn Minter and ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero. The evening will be emceed by artist/writer and Editor Jonathan Santlofer. IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA.

BURLINGTON, VT

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 6:00 PM
University of Vermont,
Dudley Davis Center

Sugar Maple Room, 400/400D
590 Main St, Burlington, VT 05405

Editor Jonathan Santlofer in conversation with writer Julia Alvarez, and artists Shahzia Sikander and JANE KENT,
IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA.

PORTLAND, ME

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Print Bookstore
273 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

Contributors Richard Russo and
Lily King reading from and in conversation about IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA.

PRAISE

#IAMAMERICABOOK

American flag

The ACLU was prepared for the constitutional crises we now face in a way the rest of the country wasn’t. It Occurs to Me That I Am America celebrates the undaunted efforts of the ACLU. For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has stood as the nation’s premier defender of freedom and justice for all, working with and battling against American presidents of both parties to ensure that our country makes good on its founding premise as the land of the free.

 

“We are both thrilled and humbled to see that so many great writers and artists have come together to support the ACLU as we confront the greatest
civil liberties crisis of our time. History has shown
the crucial role artists play in challenging injustice during times of crisis. This anthology promises to
be both a powerful tool in the fight to uphold our values and a tribute to the remarkable voices
behind it.”

                                                     Anthony D. Romero,

                                          Executive Director of the ACLU

 

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This book represents more than a collection of great prose and beautiful pictures; it represents hope. –JONATHAN SANTLOFER The contest for our American identity isn’t strictly a political affair. Those who seek to lead our country must persuade the people through th
We are all storytellers of our own lives, of our American identities. –VIET THANH NGUYEN History has shown the crucial role artists play in challenging injustice during times of crisis. This anthology promises to be both a powerfu

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It Occurs to Me that I am America New Stories and Art
It Occurs to Me that I am America New Stories and Art

Now more than ever, we must ask
ourselves: who are the WE in We the People?

 

 

BURLINGTON, VT

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 6:00 PM
University of Vermont, Dudley Davis Center

Sugar Maple Room, 400/400D
590 Main St, Burlington, VT 05405

Editor Jonathan Santlofer in conversation with writer Julia Alvarez, and artists Shahzia Sikander and JANE KENT, IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA.

American flag

The ACLU was prepared for the constitutional crises we now face in a way the rest of the country wasn’t. It Occurs to Me That I Am America celebrates the undaunted efforts of the ACLU. For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has stood as the nation’s premier defender of freedom and justice for all, working with and battling against American presidents of both parties to ensure that our country makes good on its founding premise as the land of the free.

 

“We are both thrilled and humbled to see that so many great writers and artists have come together to support the ACLU as we confront the greatest civil liberties crisis of our time. History has shown the crucial role artists play in challenging injustice during times of crisis. This anthology promises to be both a powerful tool in the fight to uphold our values and a tribute to the remarkable voices behind it.”

                                              —Anthony D. Romero,

                                   Executive Director of the ACLU

 

It Occurs to Me that I am America New Stories and Art
It Occurs to Me that I am America New Stories and Art

Now more than ever, we must
ask ourselves: who are the WE in We the People?

 

 

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Photo Clarke Tolton

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It Occurs to Me that I am America New Stories and Art
It Occurs to Me that I am America New Stories and Art

The ACLU was prepared for the constitutional crises we now face in a way the rest of the country wasn’t. It Occurs to Me That I Am America celebrates the undaunted efforts of the ACLU. For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has stood as the nation’s premier defender of freedom and justice for all, working with and battling against American presidents of both parties to ensure that our country makes good on its founding premise as the land of the free.

 

“We are both thrilled and humbled to see that so many great writers and artists have come together to support the ACLU as we confront the greatest civil liberties crisis of our time. History has shown the crucial role artists play in challenging injustice during times of crisis. This anthology promises to be both a powerful tool in the fight to uphold our values and a tribute to the remarkable voices behind it.”

                        —Anthony D. Romero,

           Executive Director of the ACLU

 

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This book represents more than a collection of great prose and beautiful pictures; it represents hope. –JONATHAN SANTLOFER The contest for our American identity isn’t strictly a political affair. Those who seek to lead our country must persuade the people through th We are all storytellers of our own lives, of our American identities. –VIET THANH NGUYEN History has shown the crucial role artists play in challenging injustice during times of crisis. This anthology promises to be both a powerfu

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