An Evening with Tommy Orange


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    The National Writers Series is pleased to bring Tommy Orange—author of the bestselling novel, There There—to Traverse City!

    A Pulitzer-Prize finalist, Orange delivers another masterpiece in Wandering Stars, which was just chosen by Time Magazine as one of the top 25 most anticipated books for 2024!

    Wandering Stars traces the legacies of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School (the nation’s first Indian boarding school) through three generations of a family in a story that is a devastating indictment of America’s war on its own people. Kirkus Reviews called it “A searing study of the consequences of a genocide.”

    “For the sake of knowing, of understanding, Wandering Stars blew my heart into a thousand pieces and put it all back together again. This is a masterwork that will not be forgotten, a masterwork that will forever be part of you.” —Morgan Talty, bestselling author of Night of the Living Rez

    Tommy Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he was born and raised in Oakland, California. His first book, There There, was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and received the 2019 American Book Award. He lives in Oakland, California.