ACLU Panel | It Occurs To Me That I Am America

Moderated by Jonathan Santlofer

It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art is an unprecedented anthology featuring original short stories and art from some of today’s most acclaimed writers and artists, published 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.

Join editor Jonathan Santlofer and his contributors, as they share their new book in a timely discussion on the current state of our democracy.

More than thirty modern writers consider the fundamental ideals of a free, just, and compassionate democracy in this collection, including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Isaacs, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark and more, with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Featuring artwork by some of today’s best-known artists, cartoonists, and graphic novelists, including Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast, Marilyn Minter, and Eric Fischl, this beautiful, enduring collection will resonate with anyone concerned with the contest for our American soul.

Jonathan-Santlofer-woodstock-bookfest-ACLU-panelJonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist. He has published 5 novels, including the best-selling The Death Art, and the award-winning Anatomy of Fear, and numerous short stories. He has been both editor and contributor for 6 notable anthologies, among them the New York Times bestseller, Inherit the Dead. His artwork is in major public and private collections in the US and abroad. Jonathan has been the recipient of many awards, among them two National Endowment for Arts grants, the American Academy in Rome, and he serves on the board of Yaddo. His memoir, The Widower’s Notebook, will be published by Penguin Books in July 2018.

bliss-broyard-woodstock-bookfestBliss Broyard is the author of the bestselling story collection, My Father, Dancing, which was a New York Times Notable book, and the award-winning memoir, One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life-A Story of Race and Family Secrets, which was named a best book of the year by the Chicago Tribune. Her stories and essays have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Art of the Essay, among others, and she has written for many publications including The New York Times, and Elle Magazine. She is at work on a novel set on Martha’s Vineyard called Happy House.

Sheila-Kohler-Woodstock-BookfestSheila Kohler is a South African author now living in the United States and the author of ten novels, and three short story collections. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, O Magazine and included in the Best American Short Stories.



Get a Full Festival pass and you’ll get to take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

Or treat yourself to The Whole Shebang for $450. Here’s what you’ll get:

All of the above PLUS the One Day Intensive of your choice.


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Saturday March 24, 2018