In the latest latest episode of Fiction Talks, Jonathan Santlofer, a widely acclaimed author and beloved teacher at The Center, talks to Noreen Tomassi, our executive director, about his new memoir THE WIDOWER’S NOTEBOOK. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY hails the book as “a quiet stunner of a memoir… the book never loses momentum, thanks in large part to his vivid writing. This is a tender, moving, and resonant account of how life continues whether one wants it to or not.”
Santlofer grew up wanting to be an artist, went to art school, undergrad and graduate, and spent the first half of his adult life as a fairly successful painter. When a gallery fire destroyed nearly ten years of his artwork, he became a writer. His first novel, “The Death Artist,” about a serial killer in the New York art world, was an international bestseller. Since then, he has written several novels. He has also edited and contributed to many anthologies and has even illustrated a few. His memoir, “The Widower’s Notebook,” will be published by Penguin Books in July 2018, and he is at work on a new novel. Santlofer has lived in many places but always comes back to New York City, one of the most culturally and racially diverse cities in the world. He currently teaches at Pratt in Brooklyn. If you buy only one book in 2018 it should be “It Occurs … Read more
Jonathan Santlofer and Joyce Carol Oates in conversation at the San Francisco Public Library celebrating the new anthology “It Occurs to Me That I Am America,” featuring the work of 35 celebrated authors, is published in support of the American Civil Liberties Union on the one year anniversary of the inauguration of President Trump and the Women’s March on Washington.
NEW YORK, NY – Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7:00 PM Strand Bookstore 828 Broadway, Rare Books Rm *Contributors LEE CHILD, SUSAN MINOT, ANGELA FLOURNOY, MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM, JAMES HANNAHAM and artist ERIC FISCHL in conversation with Editor JONATHAN SANTLOFER Please visit: http://www.strandbooks.com/event/occurs-i-am-america BOSTON, MA – Monday, January 22, 2018, 6:00 PM Boston Public Library 700 Boylston Street, Rabb Hill Contributors ALICE HOFFMAN, HA JIN AND HEIDI PITLOR in conversation with Editor JONATHAN SANTLOFER Books available for sale by Trident Booksellers & Café Please visit: http://www.bpl.org/programs/author_series.htm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D126184854 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30 PM San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin Street Koret Auditorium San Francisco, CA *JOYCE CAROL OATES in conversation with JONATHAN SANTLOFER, Books available for sale by Readers Books/Friends of the Library. Please visit: https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1027497501 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 … Read more
The following is an excerpt from It Occurs to Me That I am American IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA Foreword The idea for this book came together over a weekend not long after the 2016 presidential election. For weeks I had been thinking: What can I do? Then I knew. I presented the idea to Touchstone’s David Falk, who not only said “Yes!” but helped form the book and has been its champion from day one. I knew something else: I wanted the book to give back, to not only be an incredible read and visually dazzling but to put all of the creative work in the service of an organization that has been defending our civil liberties for almost a hundred years, which is exactly what every writer and artist has done by donating his or her royalties to the ACLU. Having led a bifurcated life in art and writing, I … Read more
When: Tuesday January 16: 7:00PM – 8:00PM Where: Strand Books, New York, NY Just in time for the anniversary of the Trump presidency, 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 … Read more
Now more than ever, we must ask ourselves: Who are the WE in We the People? In It Occurs to Me That I Am America, more than 50 bestselling and award-winning authors and artists consider the fundamental ideals of a free, just, and compassionate democracy through heart-stirring and often provocative fiction and art. I am proud to have contributed a piece to this unprecedented anthology, which is being published by Touchstone Books on January 16, 2018, 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. Learn more and pre-order It Occurs to Me That I Am America at iamamericabook.com.