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2020 Reid Writer: Tommy Orange


 Tommy Orange is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, a multigenerational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is 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, and currently lives in Angel’s Camp, California.



2020 Reid Book: There, There




One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, GQ, The Dallas Morning News, Buzzfeed, BookPage, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews   


Tommy Orange’s “groundbreaking, extraordinary” (The New York TimesThere There is the “brilliant, propulsive” (People Magazine) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. It’s “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel” (Entertainment Weekly).
As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.
There There is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seenIt’s “masterful . . . white-hot . . . devastating” (The Washington Post) at the same time as it is fierce, funny, suspenseful, thoroughly modern, and impossible to put down. Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it’s destined to be a classic.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

113 W. 60TH STREET


4:00 pm - 4:45 pm   Craft Class (Invitation Only)

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm   Talk/Reading with Q & A and book-signing to follow. (Open to the Public)

The Reid events are made possible through the generosity of Kenneth and Frances K. Reid and the sponsorship of the Fordham English Department and the Creative Writing Program.

Faculty Members: If you are planning to teach There, There, you may request a free desk copy of the book by clicking here. Please note: In order to receive a free desk copy, you must have already placed a class order of the book through your Fordham campus’ bookstore.

Requested Information on Form

  • ISBN: 978-0525436140

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    • Bookstore Name: Fordham University Bookstore

    • Bookstore Phone Number: 718-817-3400

    • Shipping Address: 441 E. Fordham Road, English Dept, Dealy Hall 541W, Bronx, NY 10458

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    • Bookstore Name: Fordham University Bookstore

    • Bookstore Phone Number: 212-636-6080

    • Shipping Address: 113 W. 60th Street, Room 924, English Dept, New York, NY 10023