- Author Bio
Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with stunning urgency and force.
Here is a story of several people, each of whom has private reasons for travelling to the Big Oakland Powwow. 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 together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honour his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and has come to the powwow to dance 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 unspeakable loss.
Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking, There There is a relentlessly paced multi-generational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. A glorious, unforgettable debut.
Story Locale: Oakland, CA
STUNNING DEBUT: The first major new writer to come out of the Native American community in years and his debut will be an extraordinary literary event.
AUTHOR: Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, as well as a graduate of the Institute of Indian Arts and a 2014 MacDowell Fellow—a brilliant, unique young writer at the start of a major career.
INTERNATIONAL BUZZ: A fierce international auction has resulted in a solid publishing partnership with Knopf in the U.S. and FSG in the U.K., and translation rights have already been sold in Denmark, Sweden, Italy, and France.
Marketing: Postcards/ecards featuring line drawings from Native American artists
Letter from Tommy explaining relevance of book to Canada
social media advertising
Publicity: Pursuing multli-city author tour - cities TBD (tentatively Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, pending availability)
Extensive national media outreach for interviews, reviews and features incl. CBC Radio q, The Globe and Mail (potential op-ed), Macleans, etc.
Pitch media in tour cities
School / urban events targeting younger audience
Advance Praise for Tommy Orange and There There:
“There There is truly the first book to capture what it means to be an urban Indian—perhaps the first novel ever to celebrate and honour and elevate the joys and losses of urban Indians. You might think I’m exaggerating but this book is so revolutionary—evolutionary—that Native American literature will never be the same.”—Sherman Alexie