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Seattle Reads 2020

Seattle Reads 2020: There There by Tommy Orange

Discussion Schedule

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 12:00-1:00pm

Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 3:30-4:30pm

Location for both discussions: Library (BE2101) Room A

Sign up to participate at this URL: https://forms.gle/1yAKtninJ534W35W6

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For any questions about books, the book read discussions, or accessibility, please contact Dave Ellenwood via email at Dave.Ellenwood@seattlecolleges.edu

There There


Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable.

Tommy Orange

author Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. There There was one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year, and won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the Pen/Hemingway Award. There There was also longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Orange graduated from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and was a 2014 MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California.

(description and image from Seattle Public Library)

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