Join us for a season finale event featuring Tommy Orange, author of There There. Orange will be in conversation to discuss his career and the book. We’ll also discuss the importance of Native American voices, as well as what the author may have in store in the future. This very special opportunity is not to be missed. Tommy will be in conversation with Donna Seaman.
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. There There was one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year, and won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the Pen/Hemingway Award. There There was also longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Orange graduated from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and was 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.
Tommy will be in conversation with Donna Seaman. Donna Seaman is the Editor for Adult Books at Booklist, a member of the Content Leadership Team for the American Writers Museum, and a recipient of the Louis Shore Award for excellence in book reviewing, the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism and the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. Seaman has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. She has been a writer-in-residence for Columbia College Chicago and has taught at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Seaman created the anthology In Our Nature; her author interviews are collected in Writers on the Air, and she is the author of Identity Unknown.
How to Attend - In Person:
Doors to the Auditorium open at 5:30 p.m., and seating is first come, first served (350 capacity). Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of our bookstore partner, and the author will sign books.
Masks are strongly encouraged in all CPL locations. Questions about visiting the library? Check out our Using the Library FAQ.
How to Attend - Virtual:
This event will also take place live on CPL's YouTube channel and CPL's Facebook page. You'll be able to ask questions during the event as well! Can't make it to the live stream? We'll archive the video on YouTube to watch later.
Automatic captioning is available via Facebook and YouTube's closed captioning setting. Need sign language interpretation or other accessibility assistance for this event? Please call (312) 747-8184 or email email@example.com to request accommodations. Requests must be made at least 14 business days before the event.