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JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS discusses his new book DEAR AMERICA: NOTES OF AN UNDOCUMENTED CITIZEN, with VIET THANH NGUYEN at Bovard, USC

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen (Dey Street Books)

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held at the Bovard Auditorium on the USC Campus located at 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089. Please purchase tickets hereThis event is proudly co-sponsored by USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Immigration (CSII) and USC Visions and Voices.

Tickets for entry are: 
-Individual tickets (without a copy of the book) at $8 (or $5 for FWB members)
-Individual tickets to include a copy of Dear America at $27 (or $24 for FWB members)
-For the member discount code, click "enter password or discount code" for ticket listing. Code will be the first part of the email address you used to sign up, before the @. Seating will be General Admission. 

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder and CEO of Define American, a provocative memoir, at once both personal and universal, about immigration in America.

"This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book--at its core--is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can't. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home.

After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom."

--Jose Antonio Vargas, from Dear America

“Dear America,” Vargas writes, “is this what you really want? Do you even know what is happening in your name?” Lending a human face, a reasoned voice, and a unique perspective to an issue that is bitterly dividing the nation, Dear America is as impassioned as it is timely and necessary.

Praise for Dear America

"This important book could not be more timely- Jose Antonio Vargas has put a human face on one of the most defining and polarizing issues of our time: immigration. Dear America is not a book about politics or policy; it is written from the very depths of the human heart."--Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove and Beneath a Ruthless Sun

"This riveting, courageous memoir ought to be mandatory reading for every American...The pressing question from these pages isn't whether Jose deserves to be a citizen but whether we, as a nation, deserve the bravery and generosity of spirit that he offers us with an open heart and mind."-- Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

"Jose Antonio Vargas's eloquent and emotional book bears witness to a basic truth: we should not be defined by our legal status, but by who we are...His voice is an important voice that needs to be heard by all Americans, whether they are Americans by birth or by choice."--Sheryl Sandberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Option B and Lean In

"Dear America is a daring and honest book that perhaps so many undocumented citizens wish they could write, about what is gained and lost by living in the "shadows..".You may not know where he will be when you read this book, but his story will stay with you always."--Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I'm Dying

"[Dear America] couldn't be more timely and more necessary...a deeply personal and multilayered story told so gently and with such affection and humor."-- Dave Eggers, author of What Is the What and The Monk of Mokha

"Read it, feel it at a gut level, and go beyond the noise of hate politics...This is a book about America. l cried reading this book, realizing more fully what my parents endured."-- Amy Tan, author of Where the Past Begins

"One of the most important immigration rights activists of our time, Vargas has, in this brief book, brilliantly elucidated one of our major political issues."-- Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University



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Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, an Emmy nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the founder and CEO of Define American, the nation’s leading non-profit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. He has worked as a reporter at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other leading publications. He has written stories for The New York Times Magazine and Time, and his work has appeared in Rolling Stone and The New Yorker. In addition, he has produced and directed Documented, an autobiographical feature documentary that aired on CNN, and White People, an hour-long MTV special on what it means to be a young and white in a changing America. His many media appearances on every type of platform range across the political and cultural spectrum from “Real Time with Bill Maher” to “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Currently subject to deportation at any time, he has no permanent residence.

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1971. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he and his family fled to the United States. The author of three books including The Sympathizer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a recently published story collection, The Refugees, Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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