Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, 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 the Pen/Hemingway Award. There There was also longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His next novel, Wandering Stars, will be released in March 2024. Orange graduated from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and was 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.



We’re delighted that Tommy Orange, Pulitzer Prize-finalist, author of the breakout bestseller There There, and member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, will once again join us this summer at SVWC 2024. The buzz about his latest novel, Wandering Stars, scheduled for release in late February, has been building for months. Early reviews call it “a masterwork that will not be forgotten,” and “a devastating narrative that confirms Orange’s essential place in the canon of Native American literature.”


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