Tommy Orange and his book There, ThereDec. 6, 2019 - The annual Campus Reading Celebration that was postponed in October will take place on January 29, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The campus will welcome author and Pulitzer Prize Finalist Tommy Orange who will host a keynote presentation, discussing his book, "There There," which was recognized by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year.

Tommy is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angel’s Camp, California. "There There" is a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans.

"There There" was one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year, and won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Admission is free for CSUCI students, faculty and staff (with valid CSUCI ID) AND FREE for non-CSUCI students with school ID; $5 for the public. Tickets are required for all attendees; visit the Campus Reading Celebration website to find out when tickets will be available to reserve.

For more information contact Carolyn Shamowski at 805-437-3698 or

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