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Tommy Orange and Waubgeshig Rice: There There

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In a sweeping yet nuanced exploration of identity and the role of Native Americans in a contemporary urban America (in this case, Oakland, California), Cheyenne and Arapaho author, Tommy Orange’s novel There There presents a complex portrait of urban life and the impact that racism, ignorance and historical wrongs has had on an interconnected group of Native American characters.

Inspired by a Gertrude Stein line about Oakland and all the ways it changed upon her return (“there is no there there”), Orange plays with this paradox of cities being both permanent and ever-changing places of nostalgia, desperation and success.

Tommy Orange talks with Anishnaabe journalist and author Waubgeshig Rice (Moon of the Crusted Snow) during their live online author visit.

This event is part of One Page: Canada’s Virtual Literary Series, which unites libraries & literary festivals to present free engaging online events which are reflective of contemporary book culture in Canada.

Register in advance and tune in LIVE on October 29 from 9-10 pm EDT on the One Page Crowdcast channel.