Cullen Purser giving a talk on the craftsman’s dilemma.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH
Lithic Book Club: There There by Tommy Orange
(book discussion) | 2pm
Join us for our first Lithic Book Club Discussion of 2020! We will be discussing There There by Tommy Orange and have copies available at Lithic.
ABOUT THERE THERE — There There is the first novel by Cheyenne and Arapaho author Tommy Orange. Published in 2018, it opens with an essay by Orange as a prologue, and then proceeds to follow a large cast of Native Americans living in the area of Oakland, California, as they struggle with a wide array of challenges ranging from depression and alcoholism, to unemployment, fetal alcohol syndrome, and the challenges of living with an ethnic identity of being “ambiguously nonwhite.” All coalesce at a community pow wow and its attempted robbery.
The book explores the themes of Native peoples living in urban spaces (Urban Indians), and issues of ambivalence and complexity related to Natives’ struggles with identity and authenticity. There There was favorably received, and was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. The book was also awarded a Gold Medal for First Fiction by the California Book Awards.
ABOUT TOMMY ORANGE — Tommy Orange is a novelist and a writer from Oakland, California, United States. His first book There There was one of the finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. Orange was also the recipient of 2019 American Book Awards. Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He attended Institute of American Indian Arts and earned the Masters in Fine Arts. He was born and raised in Oakland, California and currently resides in Murphys, California, where he lives with his wife and son.
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