Tommy Orange, a Ten Evenings Author Presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

There There is the shattering debut novel by Tommy Orange that caught the critics by storm, winning multiple prizes, and topping year-end Best Book lists. At once poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, utterly contemporary and always unforgettable, the instant classic is a stunning portrayal of urban Native American life.

Orange’s relentlessly paced multigenerational novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to each other in ways they may not yet realize. Together, a chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism.

Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, Winner of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, Winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and was Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. 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.