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2023/2024 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

Inprint Tommy Orange Reading

Monday March 25, 2024 7:30 pm


Congregation Emanu El
1500 Sunset Boulevard
Houston, TX 77005
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Tommy Orange will read from his new novel Wandering Stars, followed by an on-stage conversation with celebrated author and Rice University faculty member Kiese Laymon. The evening will conclude with a book sale and signing. The event is presented as part of the 2023/2024 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

TOMMY ORANGE’s first novel There There was “an astonishing literary debut” (Margaret Atwood) that “places Native American voices front and center” (NPR). Featuring the stories of 12 Native Americans all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, 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). There There was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and winner of the American Book Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Orange will read from and talk about his highly anticipated new novel Wandering Stars, which traces the dark history of the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre, the founding of the Carlisle Industrial School for Indians in 1879, and the 2018 shooting of Orvil Redfeather in There There. According to Orange’s publisher Alfred A. Knopf, Wandering Stars is “an utterly gripping story of history, legacy, and family in which all of Tommy’s prodigious gifts as a storyteller are on full display.” His editor adds, “Tommy Orange has returned with an unforgettably powerful multigenerational saga about what it means to be the children and grandchildren of massacre. Wandering Stars is a major achievement by one of the great writers of our time.”

KIESE LAYMON is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. He is the author of the genre-bending novel Long Division and the essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Laymon’s bestselling memoir Heavy: An American Memoir won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the 2018 Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, and was named one of the 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years by The New York Times. He is the Libby Shearn Moody Professor of Creative Writing and English at Rice University.

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