“There There” by Tommy Orange – a selection of one book “One Maryland 2023”

Maryland Humanities is pleased to announce selection There there Tommy Orange for the 2023 One Maryland One Book Program. Released in 2018, the novel tells the interconnected stories of twelve indigenous characters from different generations who converge on the Great Oakland Powwow. Together, these stories provide a breathtaking portrait of India’s urban life. There there was one of New York Times book review 10 Best Books of the Year and won the Center for Fiction Award for First Novel as well as the PEN/Hemingway Award.

There there was selected this year as One Maryland One Book by a selection committee of twenty Marylanders, including teachers, scholars, librarians, writers, booksellers and community leaders representing ten counties and the City of Baltimore. A public call for books on the theme of “Communication” collected about 300 titles, from which the committee then made its selection.

There there gives us the opportunity to connect with several Native American lives that feel immediate and relevant to the modern world,” says Lindsey Baker, executive director of the Humanities of Maryland. “These characters are deeply rooted in their rich, often traumatic history, yet instantly recognizable to any reader. Tommy Orange shares his triumphs and struggles with us, creating complete characters and journeys to follow.”

In the fall, Maryland Humanities will partner with partners across the state, including libraries, schools, universities, book clubs, and local First Nations/Indian organizations, to run programs where readers can connect with each other and discuss the book’s topics. Maryland Humanities will distribute free copies There there partners. Tommy Orange will also visit Maryland for an in-person author event where he will discuss the book with the audience. All events are free.

about the author

Tommy Orange – author The newspaper “New York Times bestselling novel There therea multi-generational, relentless story about a side of America that few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. There there was one of the New York Times Book Review’s Top 10 Books of the Year and won the Center for Fiction Award for First Novel and the PEN/Hemingway Award. There there was also nominated for a National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Orange graduated from the MFA program at the Institute of the Arts of the American Indian and was a MacDowell Scholar in 2014 and a Writing Scholar in 2016. He is a registered member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California.

“Wandering Books”: where you will find There there?

Copies of the 2023 One Maryland One Book will be distributed in public spaces in counties across the state as part of a fun “Wandering Books” campaign that introduces readers to There there and the One Maryland One Book program. Anyone can get tips on where to find books by visiting the Maryland Book Humanities Center Facebook page or by following @MDHumanities on Instagram. This year Maryland Libraries will distribute books to their communities. After discovering a copy There there, readers can log in to www.bookcrossing.com and register their book identification number. They can then post a comment or review when they have finished reading. After that, readers can leave the book somewhere in the public domain for another reader to find and enjoy. The instructions are inside the cover of the book. Participation is free. Those who register books will automatically be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate from Bookshop.org and must provide their name and email address to be eligible.

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