Diverse Fort Collins presents a book group discussion of Pulitzer Prize finalist THERE THERE by Tommy Orange on July 26, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
Buy the paperback from Old Firehouse Books.
Download the author’s free Reading Guide.
We’ll hear from three Native community members about their thoughts on the novel, and what we should keep in mind as we begin the discussion.
GREGG DEAL is a husband, father, member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, artist and activist. As a provocative contemporary artist-activist, much of Deal’s work centers around Indigenous identity and pop culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical consideration and stereotype.
His first major performance piece, “The Last American Indian On Earth,” covered in The Washington Post Magazine, gained him notoriety and ground as an up-and-coming artist. Earlier this year, the Colorado resident premiered his performance “The Punk Pan-Indian Romantic Comedy” at Fort Collins Startup/Artup Week. A powerful retrospective of his work, “Voice,” was recently exhibited at the Duhesa Gallery in Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center.
AMBER LANE is affiliated with Seneca Nation, Wolf Clan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Colorado, Boulder with a historical trauma and original language focus. She is an advocate with Herbal Gardens Wellness and a Plan Ambassador for City of Fort Collins’ Our Climate Future. She is a community advocate active in circles from all four directions trying to raise multicultural/national children in Fort Collins.
JAN IRON is Navajo and co-founder of Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow-Wow Association (NCIPA).
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ABOUT THE BOOK
“Powerful. . . . THERE THERE has so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it’s a revelation.” — The New York Times
Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize.
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