Everybody Reads 2020 celebrates Tommy Orange's 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 (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma) is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He was born and raised in Oakland.
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.
Beginning in January 2020, share your thoughts at a book discussion at your neighborhood library or bookstore. Find a reading guide here.
Attend a cultural program. Explore further with these lists:
- Native American, Alaska Native and First Nations histories
- Films by and about Indigenous people, Native Americans and Alaska Natives
- Native Voices: Own voices memoir, poetry and novels
Orange will speak on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets are available from Literary Arts.