Seattle Reads: Tommy Orange

Months after it was originally scheduled to be live and in-person in the spring, Seattle Reads presents Cheyenne/Arapaho writer Tommy Orange’s beautiful debut novel, There There (Vintage), in virtual ‘there’ form. Recipient of the PEN/Hemingway Award, cited for many Best Book of Year lists, and a book that has never stopped going into readers’ hands, ever since it was released, this story of twelve people coming to participate in the big Oakland Powwow tellingly brings together many strands of urban Native life.

There There is a miraculous achievement, a book that wields ferocious honesty and originality in service of telling a story that needs to be told. This is a novel about what it means to inhabit a land both yours and stolen from you, to simultaneously contend with the weight of belonging and unbelonging.” —Omar El Akkad.

“Welcome to a brilliant and generous artist who has already enlarged the landscape of American Fiction. There There is a comic vision haunted  by profound sadness. Tommy Orange is a new writer with an old heart.” —Louise Erdrich.

Presented by The Seattle Public Library and The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

As of late September the online spaces for this are full.


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There There Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525436140
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 7:00pm
Virtual Event