'There There' kicks off county's Everybody Reads 2020
Multnomah County Library is kicking off the new year with Everybody Reads 2020 with Tommy Orange's new novel, "There There" about the urban Native American experience.
Free copies of the book will be available at all library locations without a library card (while supplies last). Readers can also download the e-book or audiobook from the library catalog.
County commissioners will recognize Everybody Reads 2020 on Jan. 9.
"There There" focuses on portraits and perspectives of native people through 12 characters traveling to Oakland for a powwow. It was selected as a 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist in fiction. The New York Times' Book Review selected it as one of the 10 best books of 2018.
Orange is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma. He lives in Angels Camp, California.
"For too long, the urban Native experience has been overlooked," said Vailey Oehlke, director of libraries. " 'There There' is a memorable and transparent story that explores the resilient search for identity and belonging while carrying the weight of inherited trauma."
The library will host discussions about the book from Jan. 15 to March 5. Events will be presented by members of the local Native community. A schedule is online at www.multcolib.org/events/everybody-reads.
Orange also speaks at 7:30 p.m., March 5 at at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
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