This book group, co-sponsored by the Society for History and Racial Equity (SHARE
) and KPL’s Antiracism Transformation Team
, focuses on race and racism in American society. In January, we'll read There There
by Tommy Orange.
There There is the story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. Orange’s debut novel was nominated for the National Book Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and is a New York Times Best Seller.
As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.