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Tommy Orange

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
7:30pm Pacific Time
Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater

Photo by Elena Seibert

“If there was any doubt after his incredible debut, there should be none now: Tommy Orange is one of our most important writers. The way he weaves time and life together, demands we remember how our history shapes us. In this novel the pain and resilience of generations are summoned beautifully. A wondrous journey and a necessary reminder.” —Nana Kwame Adjei Brenyah, author of Chain Gang All Stars

Tommy Orange burst onto the literary scene in 2019 with the award-winning novel There There, which quickly became a classic. His much-anticipated followup, Wandering Stars, extends the same constellation of past and future narratives, tracing the legacies of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School through the shattering aftermath of Orvil Red Feather’s shooting in There There. Poet Kaveh Akbar writes “Anyone can say a complicated thing in a complicated way, but [in Wandering Stars] Tommy says the hardest things plain–beyond artifice, beyond confection. The clarity, that radical lucidity, that’s the mark of true genius, a word I use here without hyperbole.” Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

A limited number of tickets includes a copy of his new novel Wandering Stars