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City of Tacoma, The Puyallup Tribe, and Tacoma Public Library present

Tacoma Reads:
A Conversation with Tommy Orange

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Rialto Theater
Tickets: Free with Advance Registration


All available tickets for A Conversation with Tommy Orange hosted by Mayor Woodards have been reserved. However, Tacoma Arts Live Box Office is keeping a waitlist. Please call the Box Office at 253.591.5894 to have your name added to the waitlist.

For patrons who have already reserved tickets: if you are unable to attend, please call the Tacoma Arts Live Box Office to release your tickets to the waitlist.
All are invited to a fireside-style chat with Tommy Orange, bestselling author of the Tacoma Reads 2019 selection, There There. City of Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards will host the conversation.

Tacoma Reads is a local community reading program that seeks to unite the community in dialogue around contemporary themes through reading a common text. Mayor Woodards selected There There by Tommy Orange as the 2019 Tacoma Reads title. Described as “groundbreaking, extraordinary” by The New York Times, There There is a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story of 12 urban Native Americans traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, interconnected in ways they may not yet realize.

There There has earned numerous accolades, including winning the the PEN/Hemingway Award, the the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and being selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It was listed as one of the Best Books of the Year in The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Boston Globe. Entertainment Weekly called the book “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel,” while The Washington Post described it as “Masterful…White-hot…Devastating.”

Author Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and lives in Angel’s Camp, California.