Tommy Orange

Monday, March 18 at 7PM

Hosted by Scott County Library – Prior Lake

16210 Eagle Creek Ave SE, Prior Lake

In-Person Event

Pulitzer Prize finalist Tommy Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. His chart-topping debut instantly established Orange as a gifted chronicler of the contemporary Native American experience. There There (2018) tells the interlaced stories of twelve characters from urban Native communities, all of whom converge for an important powwow in the author’s native Oakland, California. In one of a myriad of glowing reviews, Lakota Times summarized Orange’s debut as “a page turner filled with multi-generational accounts of violence, recovery, memory, identity, beauty, and even a little despair.” There There garnered a host of honors, including the prestigious PEN / Hemingway Award and The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Orange’s awaited follow-up, Wandering Stars, finally hits shelves on February 27. In this book, the author traces the legacies of the notorious Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and Pennsylvania’s assimilationist Carlisle Indian School through three generations of a “fractured but resilient family” (Publishers Weekly).

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