Susan Sontag, author of the seminal work On Photography, several essays on art criticism and more recently, The Volcano Lover, brings us In America, a story of a young Polish actress who immigrates to California in 1876 to begin a utopian society. Based on a true story, Sontag describes the woman's route to self-discovery, from the failure of her idealistic commune to her embrace of her original craft, which ultimately brings her success. What's different and interesting about the novel is Sontag's description of a young America as a fantasy world, an escape, a blank slate on which culture is being created and transformed. Sontag will discuss her new novel at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh Thursday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. Call 828-1588 for details.