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Gonzaga Visiting Writer Series welcomes ‘There There’ author Tommy Orange

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

This combination photo shows a cover image of the novel “There There” by Tommy Orange and a portrait of Orange. The most honored literary debut of 2018 has received the PEN/Hemingway award for distinguished new novel. (AP)
This combination photo shows a cover image of the novel “There There” by Tommy Orange and a portrait of Orange. The most honored literary debut of 2018 has received the PEN/Hemingway award for distinguished new novel. (AP)

After appearing in the 2019 Get Lit! Festival, “There There” author Tommy Orange will return to the Inland Northwest during the Gonzaga Visiting Writer Series on Tuesday at the university’s Hemmingson Ballroom.

The Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel follows 12 Native Americans, connected to one another in ways they might not realize, as they travel to the Big Oakland Powwow.

“There There” won the PEN/Hemingway Award and an American Book Award and was selected as one of the best books of 2018 by the New York Times, the Washington Post and NPR.

Orange, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, received the 2019 American Book Award. He earned his MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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