Susan Kiyo Ito, I WOULD MEET YOU ANYWHERE: A Memoir

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

 

In conversation with SARI BOTTON

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

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Susan Kiyo Ito. Image by Emma Assano RoarkI Would Meet You Anywhere by Susan Kiyo ItoSari Botton. Image by Angelique Hanesworth

Author Images: Susan Kiyo Ito c. Emma Assano Roark; Sari Botton c. Angelique Hanesworth

Growing up with adoptive nisei parents, Susan Kiyo Ito knew only that her birth mother was Japanese American and her father white. But finding and meeting her birth mother in her early twenties was only the beginning of her search for answers, history, and identity. Though the two share a physical likeness, an affinity for ice cream, and a relationship that sometimes even feels familial, there is an ever-present tension between them, as a decades-long tug-of-war pits her birth mother’s desire for anonymity against Ito’s need to know her origins, to see and be seen. Along the way, Ito grapples with her own reproductive choices, the legacy of the Japanese American incarceration experience during World War II, and the true meaning of family. An account of love, what it’s like to feel neither here nor there, and one writer’s quest for the missing pieces that might make her feel whole, I Would Meet You Anywhere is the stirring culmination of Ito’s decision to embrace her right to know and tell her own story.

“Susan Kiyo Ito is like a surgeon operating on herself. She is delicate, precise, and at times cutting with her words. But it is all in service of her own healing and to encourage us all to be brave enough to do the same in our own stories.” —W. Kamau Bell


Susan Kiyo Ito is the coeditor of the literary anthology A Ghost at Heart’s Edge: Stories and Poems of Adoption. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. A MacDowell Fellow, she has also been awarded residencies at the Mesa Refuge, Hedgebrook, and Blue Mountain Center. She has performed her solo show, The Ice Cream Gene, around the US and adapted Untold Stories: Life, Love, and Reproduction for the theater. She writes and teaches in the Bay Area.

Sari Botton is the essays editor for Longreads, and the founder and Editor of Substack's Oldster Magazine. She teaches writing courses at Catapult and in Bay Path University's MFA program. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesNew York Magazine, the Village VoiceHarper's BazaarMarie ClaireMore, and the Rumpus, plus other publications and anthologies. She lives in Kingston, New York.


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I Would Meet You Anywhere: A Memoir (Machete) By Susan Kiyo Ito Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780814258835
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mad Creek Books - November 4th, 2023