Critically acclaimed novelist, Tommy Orange is coming to Duluth for a free, on-stage conversation at the College of St. Scholastica.
The conversation will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Mitchell Auditorium. Assistant professor of English Dr. Lupe Linares will host the event, which will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available to buy.
Orange's debut novel, "There There," was published in 2018 and has since racked up an array of accolades, including a nomination for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It was named one of The New York Times' 10 best books of the year, as well as one of Barack Obama's favorite books of 2018.
The novel follows the lives of 12 characters connected in ways they don't yet realize as they all travel to the Big Oakland Powwow.
"Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American — grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism," writes a description of the novel from the publishing company, Alfred A. Knopf.
All first-year students at St. Scholastica read Orange's novel as part of their Dingitas studies program, curriculum that emphasizes human dignity, according to a news release from the college.
Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, where he still resides today.
"There There" has won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award John Leonard Prize, Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and an American Book Award.