It Occurs to Me That I Am America

Tuesday January 16: 7:00PM 8:00PM


Buy a copy of It Occurs To Me That I Am America or a $15 gift card at the door or at the Strand's main floor registers to attend this event. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the main store elevator or the stairs and elevator next door at 826 Broadway.

Set to be published in support of the ACLU, on the 1 year anniversary of the Women's March on Washington, this thought-provoking anthology features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors. The literary world erupted in righteous anger whe Donald Trump became president elect in November of 2016. Many of America’s foremost writers and artists openly condemn the escapades of the new administration and they’re not about to meekly accept the new state of affairs. In It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art, dozens of the most acclaimed modern writers explore what it means to strive for a truly free democracy. Featuring artwork by some of the most politically active and concious cartoonists and graphic novelists today, this literary anthology is a must read for any citizen of this country concerned for the United State's well-being.

Join us in the Rare Book Room as a panel of contributors including Lee Child, Susan Minot, Angela Flournoy, Michael Cunningham, James Hannaham and artist Eric Fischl sit down with Jonathan Santlofer to discuss the collection.

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Please note: Participating authors will not be signing backlist titles, only the featured book: It Occurs to Me That I Am America.

Lee Child, previously a television director, union organizer, theater technician and law student, was fired and on the dole when he hatched a harebrained scheme to write a bestselling novel, thus saving his family from ruin. Killing Floor went on to win worldwide acclaim.  The Midnight Line, the 22nd Reacher novel is due November 2017.  The hero of his series, Jack Reacher, besides being fictional, is a kind-hearted soul who allows Lee lots of spare time for reading, listening to music, and watching Yankees and Aston Villa games. Lee was born in England but now lives in New York City and leaves the island of Manhattan only when required to by forces beyond his control.  Visit Lee online at for more information about the novels, short stories, and the movies Jack Reacher and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back starring Tom Cruise. Lee can also be found on Facebook: LeeChildOfficial, Twitter: LeeChildReacher and YouTube: leechildjackreacher.

James Hannaham’s most recent novel Delicious Foods (Little, Brown 2015), won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program, the New York Times’ and Washington Post’s 100 Notable Books of 2015 and was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize in Fiction. His debut, God Says No (McSweeney’s 2009), was honored by the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Awards. He has published short stories in One Story, Fence, Story Quarterly, and BOMB. He was a finalist for the Rome Prize. He teaches in the Writing Program at the Pratt Institute. He contributed to the Village Voice from 1992–2016, and his criticism, essays, and profiles have appeared in Spin, Details, Us, Out, Buzzfeed, The New York Times Magazine, 4Columns, and elsewhere. He co-founded the performance group Elevator Repair Service and worked with them from 1992–2002. He has exhibited text-based visual art at The James Cohan Gallery, 490 Atlantic Gallery, Kimberley-Klark, and The Center for Emerging Visual Artists.

Susan Minot is the author of the novels Monkeys (1986) which was published in a dozen countries and won the 1987 Prix Femina Étranger in France, Folly (1992), Evening (1998), Rapture (2002) and Thirty Girls (2014.)  She has written a collection of short stories, Lust & Other Stories (1989) and of poems, Poems 4 AM (2002.)  She wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Stealing Beauty,” and co-authored the screenplay of “Evening” (2007) based on her novel.  Most recently she wrote a one-act play “Summer” which was performed at the Waterman’s Center on North Haven, ME in 2017.  She also likes to paint.

Angela Flournoy is the author of The Turner House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times notable book of the year. The novel was also a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and an NAACP Image Award. She is a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree for 2015. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. Flournoy was the 2016-17 Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow at the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of Iowa, Columbia University and The New School. She is currently a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Princeton University.

Michael Cunningham is the author of six novels:  A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours, Specimen Days, By Nightfall, and The Snow Queen, as well as a story collection, A Wild Swan and Other Tales and a non-fiction book, Land’s End, A Walk in ProvincetownThe Hours received the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN Faulkner Award in 1999, and was made into a film in 2002, featuring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman.  Cunningham’s fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Paris Review, among other publications.  He is a Senior Lecturer in English at Yale University.

Eric Fischl is an internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor. His artwork is represented in many distinguished museums throughout the world as well as prestigious private and corporate collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modem Art in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, St. Louis Art Museum, Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, Musée Beaubourg in Paris, The Paine Weber Collection, and many others. Fischl has collaborated with other artists and authors, including E.L. Doctorow, Allen Ginsberg, Jamaica Kincaid, Jerry Saltz and Frederic Tuten. His extraordinary achievements throughout his career have made him one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Eric Fischl is a Fellow at both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science, and a Senior Critic and Board Member at the New York Academy of Art. He lives and works in Sag Harbor, NY with his wife, the painter April Gornik.

Jonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist. He has published five novels including the The Death Artist, the Nero award winning Anatomy of Fear, and many short stories. He has been editor/contributor of several anthologies as well as the New York Times bestselling serial novel Inherit the Dead. His artwork has been exhibited widely in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and is in such public and private collections as the Art Institute of Chicago, Tokyo’s Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Newark Museum of Art, among many others. Santlofer is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants and serves on the board of Yaddo. His memoir, The Widower’s Notebook, will be published by Penguin Books in July 2018. Visit Jonathan at



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