About I Am America


It has become apparent in the past year that the American identity is more complex than any of us imagined. The Center for Fiction is teaming up with WNYC to bring you a series of conversations with writers and artists to explore what it means to be a part of these (sometimes) United States. We'll be joined by some of our most urgent voices tackling contemporary culture today including Roxane Gay, Terese Marie Mailhot, Angela Flournoy, and more.  

I Am America: Violent Streets/Warring Hearts

Thursday March 29, 2018
07:00 pm

Tags: Event

Photo Credit: Victor G. Jeffreys II (Gourevitch), Marcia Wilson (Walter Mosley), Jonathan Ring (Child), Clark Tolton (Santlofer)

*Tickets: $20

Venue: The Greene Space

44 Charlton Street, New York, NY 
(corner of Varick Street)




From Aleppo to your hometown, conflict is a part of our shared experience. For the first event in the “I Am America” series presented in partnership with WNYC, writers Lee Child, Walter Mosley, and Philip Gourevitch talk about violence in the United States and how it has echoes in conflicts around the globe. They’re contributors to the new anthology, It Occurs to Me That I Am America. Anthology editor Jonathan Santlofer moderates this thought-provoking discussion about turmoil, both here and abroad.


Philip Gourevitch is the author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our FamiliesA Cold Case, and The Ballad of Abu Ghraib (with Errol Morris). He has served as editor of The Paris Review and is a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker


Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series, including most recently Charcoal Joe. A Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, he has won numerous awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf Award, a Grammy, a PEN USA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and several NAACP Image awards.  His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. His latest book is Down the River Unto the Sea.


Lee Child is the author of twenty-one New York Timesbestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, twelve of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures—including Jack Reacher (based on One Shot) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in one hundred territories. 


Jonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist. His debut novel, The Death Artist, was an international bestseller translated into 17 languages, and is currently in development for screen adaptation. His fourth novel, Anatomy of Fear, won the Nero Award for best novel of 2009. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. His paintings and drawings are included in numerous public and private collections. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and serves on the board of Yaddo, the oldest arts community in the US. His memoir, The Widower’s Notebook, will be published by Penguin Book in July 2018.


*Please note that all ticket sales are through WNYC. Thank you!