SKYLIGHT BOOKS presents JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS for his new book DEAR AMERICA in conversation with VIET THANH NGUYEN
Along with co-sponsors the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) and USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative, Skylight Books is delighted to present Jose Antonio Vargas as he reads from his new book Dear America, in conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen.
PLEASE NOTE: This event will be at USC's Bovard Auditorium, 3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089.
In 2011, Jose Antonio Vargas became Americas best-known undocumented immigrant when The New York Times Magazine published his story about his life in the United States after arriving from the Philippines in 1993 at the age of twelve. By coming out publicly as undocumented, he was risking everything he had built in the United States. Now, with the national debate over immigration at a fever pitch, Vargas examines not only the facts of immigration but also the searing emotional reality of living for twenty-five years as a contributing member of a country that does not consider him one of its own, in Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.
Dear America is as much about the excruciating state of existence of undocumented immigrants as it is about the politics of immigration. It is about being forced to lie to survive; about not having a home; about passing as an American in the face of condescension and discrimination; and about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones who will take their own risks to help you survive and thrive in this country. It is about hiding from the government, and in the process, hiding from yourself.
Tickets for General Admission are $8, $27 if you'd like a copy of the book with the ticket. Tickets cost $25 for our Friends with Benefits members. To access the FWB membership code, use the first half of your email address (before the @).
CAN'T ATTEND? Please purchase a copy of Dear America by calling the store at (323) 660-1175 or ordering online at www.skylightbooks.com. We'll do our best to get it signed for you. (Just be sure to click the purple "Signed Copy" button on the next screen once you add the book to your cart.) You may pick up this book in the store after the event, or have it shipped to you.
USC BOVARD AUDITORIUM (View)
3551 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089