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Jose Antonio Vargas with Sabaa Tahir

  • Aragon High School Theater 900 Alameda de las Pulgas San Mateo, CA 94402 United States (map)

“This riveting, courageous memoir ought to be
mandatory reading for every American.”

Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas boarded an airplane in the Philippines one summer when he was 12 years old. The next Fall, he enrolled for sixth grade in Mountain View, California.

One of a silent minority of undocumented citizens seeking harbor and a better life in the United States, Vargas has lived an American Dream. Bound between two worlds and two languages Vargas fell in love at an early age with culture and words. Ultimately, his passion and ambition landed him at the Washington Post, fueling a distinguished career in journalism. In 2008, he was a part of the Post staff awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He was 28.

As sentiment over undocumented immigrants rises from controversy to outright hostility, Vargas has not kept silent. Giving voice to millions of immigrants pursuing the dream of a better life for themselves and their children, Vargas protested the deportation of children, becoming the feature of New York Times Magazine story in 2011 and making the cover of TimeMagazine in 2012.

Join one of the most important and outspoken journalists of our time as he shares his new book: Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen with #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir.

“l cried reading this book, realizing more fully what my parents endured.” —Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins

“This book couldn’t be more timely and more necessary.” —Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author of What Is the Whatand The Monk of Mokha

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