Playwright, Author, Speaker Artie Van Why Opens Up About 9/11

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New memoir gives stirring eyewitness account of 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, aftermath.

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The events of Sept. 11, 2001 are indelibly etched upon the nation’s collective memory, but author Artie Van Why experienced Ground Zero firsthand. He walks readers through the events of that fateful day in his new nonfiction book, “That Day In September” (published by Lulu).

Told in first person, “That Day In September” provides Van Why’s eyewitness account of the attack on the World Trade Center and chronicles the weeks and months that followed – all from his perspective.

In May 2014, the 9/11 Museum opened to the public in New York, with first-day tickets selling out well in advance. The museum plans to allow between 5,000 and 8,000 visitors per day. Visitors’ reactions thus far have been emotional and solemn. Van Why recognizes that his story still needs to be heard.

“Survivors’ stories should continue to be told,” he says. “We should never forget.”

Praise for “That Day In September”:

“Countless heroes emerged from the chaos of Sept. 11, and by selflessly sharing his story, Van Why must be counted among their number.”

David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times

That Day In September
By Artie Van Why
Softcover | 108 pages | ISBN 9781411683150
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Artie Van Why lived in New York City for 26 years. He now resides in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. “That Day In September” was performed off-Broadway in New York in August 2003. More information is available at

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