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“A searing study of the consequences of a genocide . . . Orange is gifted at elevating his characters without romanticizing them, and though the cast is smaller than in There There, the sense of history is deeper.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 

Tommy Orange, the Pulitzer Prize-finalist and author of the breakout bestseller There There, returns to ALOUD with one of TIME Magazine’s most anticipated books of 2024, Wandering Stars, which traces the legacies of the Colorado Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School through three generations of a family. Orange’s new novel is piercing in its poetry, sorrow, and rage, and is a devastating indictment of America’s war on its own people. 

Orange will be in conversation with Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota actor, writer, poet, visual artist, and comedian Bobby “Dues” Wilson.  

Co-presented with

Featured Author and Moderator:

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.


This program will take place at the Los Angeles Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Click here for a list of public transportation options.

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