Join NPR correspondent Aarti Shahani on tour for her upcoming memoir, HERE WE ARE: American Dreams, American Nightmares, on sale October 1—a heart-wrenching story about an immigrant family’s American dream, the justice system that took it away, and the daughter who fought to get it all back.

Aarti is currently a tech reporter based in the Silicon Valley, but this is her family’s story—and how their American dream turned into a nightmare when her father’s shop was used as a front by the Cali drug cartel.

On tour, Aarti will discuss her family’s path to America, the unraveling of their “American dream,” the problems they encountered with the U.S. criminal justice system—plus, why these issues still matter today.

Find a city near you:

 

NEW YORK
Powerhouse Arena, in conversation with Azmat Khan
Date: Tuesday, October 1
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams Street (@ the Archway), Brooklyn, NY, 11201
More Information: powerhousearena.com
*Reservation requested

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Solid State Books, in conversation with Lulu Garcia-Navarro
Date: Wednesday, October 2
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Solid State Books, 600 H Street NE, Washington, D.C., 20002
More Information: solidstatebooksdc.com

 

CONNECTICUT
Fairfield Public Library
Date: Thursday, October 3
Time: 1:00 P.M.
Location: Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT, 06824
More Information: fplct.librarymarket.com
*Registration Required

RJ Julia
Date: Thursday, October 3
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: RJ Julia (Wesleyan), 413 Main St, Middletown, CT, 06457
More Information: eaglet.wesleyan.edu

 

MASSACHUSETTS
Porter Square Books, in conversation with Meghna Chakrabarti
Date: Friday, October 4
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge, MA, 02140
More information: portersquarebooks.com

 

MICHIGAN
Schuler Books
Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Schuler Books, 1982 Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI, 48864
More Information: schulerbooks.com

National Writers Series, in conversation with Jerome Vaughn
Date: Sunday, October 6
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Location: City Opera House, 106 E Front St, Traverse City, MI, 49684
Purchase tickets: traversecity.com
*Tickets required

 

OHIO
Cuyahoga County Public Library, in conversation with Aimee Lurie
Date: Monday, October 7
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Cuyahoga County Public Library (Beachwood Branch), 25501 Shaker Boulevard, Beachwood, OH, 44122
More Information: cuyahogalibrary.org

 

INDIANA
Carmel Clay Public Library
Date: Tuesday, October 8
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Location: Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Ave SE, Carmel, IN, 46032
More Information: visithamiltoncounty.com

 

ILLINOIS
American Writers Museum in conversation with Sonari Rhodes Glinton
Date: Wednesday, October 9
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Location: American Writers Museum, Readers Hall, 180 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL, 60601
More Information: americanwritersmuseum.org
*Tickets required

 

KANSAS
Kansas City Public Library with Rainy Day Books
Date: Thursday, October 10
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, Helzberg Auditorium, 14 W 10th Street, Kansas City, MO, 64105
More information: rainydaybooks.com
*Registration required

 

MISSOURI
St. Louis Public Radio with The Novel Neighbor, in conversation with Sarah Fenske
Date: Friday, October 11
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: UMSL at Grand Center, Community Room, 3651 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO, 63108
More Information: stlpr.com
*Registration required

 

MINNESOTA
Twin Cities Book Festival
Date: Saturday, October 12
More details to come

 

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee Public Library with Boswell Books, in conversation with Joy Powers
Date: Sunday, October 13
Time: 2:00 P.M.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53233
More Information: mpl.org
*Registration required

 

WASHINGTON
Seattle Public Library with Elliott Bay Books
Date: Monday, October 14
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA, 98104
More Information: spl.org

 

CALIFORNIA
Books Inc.
Date: Thursday, October 17
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Books Inc, 317 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA, 94041
More Information: booksinc.net

Book Passage
Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: 1:00 P.M.
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA, 94925
More Information: bookpassage.com

Commonwealth Club, in conversation with Nellie Bowles
Date: Monday, October 21
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Location: The Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, 94105
Purchase Tickets: commonwealthclub.org
*Tickets required

The Battery, in conversation with Ezra Klein
Date: Thursday, November 7
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Location: The Battery, 717 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA, 94111
Purchase tickets: thebatterysf.com
*Tickets required

 

TEXAS
Texas Book Festival, in conversation with
Suketu Mehta
Date: Saturday, October 26
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Location: C-Span2/BookTV Tent, Congress and 11th Street, Austin, TX, 78701
Event link to come

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