Everybody Reads 2020

Author Tommy Orange

Everybody Reads 2020 celebrates the work of Tommy Orange and his debut novel, There There

The book follows 12 Native people in urban America as they travel to a powwow. Each character contends with issues of identity, memory and belonging.

The book was selected as a 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Fiction and was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2018 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

Orange is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angels Camp, California.

How to participate

Through a shared reading experience, we will discuss issues that matter, learn from each other and promote greater understanding.

Read. Patrons can check out There There from the library now. Extra copies of the books will be available in January 2020 at all neighborhood libraries, and e-books will be downloadable from the library catalog, thanks to the generous support of The Library Foundation. The library encourages readers to share extra copies with friends, coworkers and neighbors.

Discuss.
Beginning in January 2020, share your thoughts at a book discussion at your neighborhood library or bookstore.

Learn.
Attend a cultural program. The library will announce dates and locations early next year.

Be inspired.
Orange will speak on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets are available from Literary Arts.

Everybody Reads 2020, a community reading project of Multnomah County Library, is made possible in part by gifts to The Library Foundation with author appearance made possible by Literary Arts.

 

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