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Young Literati Member Reception | Tommy Orange

Young Literati Member Reception 

Monday, April 8
ALOUD at Central Library
Tommy Orange
In conversation with Bobby Wilson

7:00 PM | ALOUD Program
8:30 PM | Book Signing and YL Member Reception

Members of the Young Literati and their guests are invited to enjoy a private reception with light bites and a hosted bar in the Central Library’s Children’s Courtyard after the ALOUD program.

Kindly RSVP by April 2*
*This is a Member-only event. If you are not yet a Member of the Young Literati, please visit our Membership site to join or renew or call Director of Membership and Annual Giving, Sarah Charleton at 213.292.6242. 

Wandering Stars probes the aftermath of atrocity, seeing history and its horrors as heritable…The reader can see what the characters cannot—what forced migration and residential schools have prevented them from seeing and sharing. The reader can see how the addictions and terrors, as well as the capacity for pleasure and endurance, echo across the Red Feather family.” The New Yorker

In this triumphant return, Orange’s new novel traces the lasting effect that the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre and Carlisle Indian Industrial School have had across three generations of a family that is disconnected from its roots. Publishers Weekly states that with this part sequel, part prequel to his 2018 novel There, There, Orange “confirms [his] essential place in the canon of Native American literature.” Orange’s novel has had impressive reception and has been celebrated by The Washington Post, The New York Times, and others. 

To prepare for this impactful program and celebratory reception, watch Tommy Orange on CBS Mornings discussing his new novel Wandering Stars, or listen to the riveting 2018 conversation between Orange and Rigoberto Gonzalez about his book There, There on our ALOUD stage. 


Featured Guests:

Tommy Orange

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.

Bobby Wilson

Bobby "Dues" Wilson is a Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota actor, writer, poet, visual artist, and comedian. He wrote on the Marvel series ECHO, wrote and acted on FX’s Reservation Dogs, Peacock’s Rutherford Falls, and he has performed on FX’s What We Do in the Shadows. He is a founding member of the Native Sketch Comedy group, The 1491s, and he co-wrote their critically acclaimed play, Between Two Knees. Bobby is also a celebrated muralist and skilled beader whose work has been featured in Vogue and Hyperallergic.


Yes. Your registration to the YL Member Reception includes reserved seating at the ALOUD program. However, we do expect a full program and will start releasing seats at 7:00pm.