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Tommy Orange @ The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

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An evening with Tommy Orange, featuring “There There”, his debut National Bestseller.

6:00pm - doors open

6:30pm - seating begins

7:00pm - main event with Q&A

8:00pm - book signing (“There There” will be available for purchase in the lobby from Browser’s Bookshop)

This program is part of Timberland Reads Together, featuring “There There” by Tommy Orange and Native Voices , focused on Indigenous Peoples history and culture.

The Sunday night event will be moderated by Dawn Pichon Barron, MFA - Director/Faculty Native Pathways Program (NPP) at Evergreen State College.

About the Author

Tommy Orange is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow, as well as a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Tommy Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, and was born and raised in Oakland, California. He now lives in Angels Camp, California, with his wife and son.

About the Book

  • National Bestseller

  • One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

  • One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe

  • Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award

  • Winner of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize

  • Winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

  • Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

Tommy Orange’s shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to each other in ways they may not yet realize. There is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and working to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, who is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death, has come to work at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil has come 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 laugh-out-loud funny, utterly contemporary and always unforgettable.