There There book cover

This Year's Featured Work

We are delighted to announce that There There will be our featured text for 2019. If you are in our entering class, this book has been chosen especially for you. Please read it over the summer, and come to Cal in the fall prepared to discuss it--and to encounter Tommy Orange in person at his keynote event on August 26.

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Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. 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 currently lives in Angel's Camp, California.

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