Joyce Carol Oates on It Occurs to Me That I Am America

For Immediate Release:  December 13, 2017 Media contact: Mindy Linetzky (415) 557-4252;
San Francisco, CA –San Francisco Public Library is proud to host author Joyce Carol Oates in conversation with editor Jonathan Santlofer, at the Main Library on January 23, 2018. They will discuss It Occurs To Me That I Am America:  New Stories and Art, a provocative, unprecedented anthology, featuring original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors—including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child—with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen. When Donald Trump claimed victory last November, the U.S. literary world erupted in indignation. Many of America’s leading writers and artists openly resist the current administration’s dogma and earliest policy moves, and they’re not about to go gently into that good night. In It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art, more than thirty of the most acclaimed modern writers consider the fundamental ideals of a free, just and compassionate democracy—through fiction. Featuring artwork by some of today’s best known artists, cartoonists, and graphic novelists—including Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast, Marilyn Minter and Eric Fischl—who cover political, social and cultural issues, this anthology is a beautiful, enduring collection that will resonate with anyone concerned with the contest for our American soul. The book “aims to address the anxiety many Americans are feeling about losing the freedoms for which we’ve fought; to remind us of America as an international symbol of hope; and considers the most basic notion of all: what it means to be an American” says Jonathan Santlofer. Joyce Carol Oates is the author most recently of the novel A Book of American Martyrs and the story collection DIS MEM BER. She is a recipient of the National Book Award, the National Humanities Medal, the PEN/Malamud Award in Short Fiction, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN America, among other honors. She has been a professor at Princeton University for many years and is currently Visiting Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Graduate Writing Program at New York University; in the spring term she is Visiting Professor of English at University of California, Berkeley. Her forthcoming novel is Hazards of Time Travel. Jonathan Santlofer is the award-winning crime fiction author of The Death Artist and Anatomy of Fear, and the editor of Inherit the Dead, The Dark End of the Street, and LA Noire: The Collected Stories. His memoir, The Widower’s Notebook, will be published in July 2018. A book sale by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library follows the event. Joyce Carol Oates and Jonathan Santlofer:  It Occurs to Me That I Am America – Tuesday, January 23, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.
December 13, 2017