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Tommy Orange, There There

June 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0

Tommy Orange, There There

Monday, June 18, 2018 – 7:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes Tommy Orange for a reading and signing of his highly-anticipated debut novel, There There.

Fierce, angry, funny, groundbreaking—Tommy Orange’s first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. Not since Sherman Alexie and Louise Erdrich has such a powerful and urgent Native American voice exploded onto the landscape of contemporary fiction. There There introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career.

Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame in Oakland. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and has come to work the powwow and to honor his uncle’s memory. Edwin Black has come to find his true father. Thomas Frank has come to drum the Grand Entry. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather; Orvil has taught himself Indian dance through YouTube videos, and he has come to the Big Oakland Powwow to dance in public for the very first time. Tony Loneman is a young Native American boy whose future seems destined to be as bleak as his past, and he has come to the Powwow with darker intentions–intentions that will destroy the lives of everyone in his path. Fierce, angry, funny, groundbreaking–Tommy Orange’s first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. There There is a multigenerational, relentlessly paced story about violence and recovery, hope and loss, identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. A glorious, unforgettable debut.

“This is Tommy Orange. Remember his name. His book’s gonna blow the roof off.” —Pam Houston

“Tommy Orange, a young Native American from Oakland, California, has more raw talent than any young writer I’ve come across in a long, long time. Maybe ever.” —Claire Vaye Watkins

AUTHOR:  Born and raised in Oakland, California, Tommy Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, as well as a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts and a 2014 MacDowell Colony Fellow.


This free event will be held at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up an hour before the event begins.

There There (Hardcover)

By Tommy Orange


ISBN: 9780525520375

Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now

Published: Knopf Publishing Group – June 5th, 2018

There There—GET IT SIGNED!


SKU: S9780525520375

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If you cannot attend this event, you can still have a copy of There Theresigned at the event. Books must be paid for in advance and can either be shipped or held for pick-up in the store. Internet orders must be placed by Sunday, June 17th. After that, please call the store to inquire about signed editions.

Most authors will be happy to add a name to their signature, but this service is at their discretion and isn’t guaranteed.


June 18, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
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