Washtenaw Reads Author Event: Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Event Details

This event will take place at Washtenaw Community College. Please click here for more information. 

Vargas begins by recounting his childhood discovery that he was an undocumented American who had been brought to the U.S. from the Philippines. His life as an extremely successful journalist, however, required constructing an identity based on a series of lies in order to maintain his life in the U.S. Finally realizing that “Before I could write any more stories, I had to investigate my life. To free myself--in fact, to face myself -- I had to write my story” Vargas published his story in the New York Times Magazine in 2011 and this book details the aftermath of his honesty and his continued work speaking, writing, documenting and advocating on behalf of undocumented citizens. Dear America is not a political book, but a memoir that asks: “Who gets to exercise their rights as U.S. citizens, and why?"

This event features a reading from the author followed by a Q & A and a book signing. Books will be for sale.

This event is part of the 2020 Washtenaw Reads program. The theme for 2020 is "Everyone Counts". The Washtenaw Reads program is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Participating libraries include Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northfield Township, Saline, and Ypsilanti. For more information about Washtenaw Reads and previous years' reads, click here.
Event Type(s): Featured Event
Age Group(s): Adults, Teens