I WOULD MEET YOU ANYWHERE—Susan Kiyo Ito at Montclair Public Library


June 18, 2024 - 6:30pm

I WOULD MEET YOU ANYWHERE—Susan Kiyo Ito at Montclair Public Library

Please join us on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 6:30 PM as the Montclair Branch of the Oakland Public Library and GGP welcome author Susan Kiyo Ito for a discussion of her new book, I WOULD MEET YOU ANYWHERE.

This event will be in person at the Montclair Branch of the Oakland Public Library at 1687 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94611.

GGP will be selling copies of the book at the event, or you can order your copy of  I WOULD MEET YOU ANYWHERE at https://bit.ly/ggpMeetYou.


National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

“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

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.

About the Author

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.


Montclair Branch of Oakland Public Library
1687 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94611
United States