UCI Great Big Read Event on December 3

Tommy Orange

“There There” author Tommy Orange

UCI students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join the UCI Great Big Read with Tommy Orange from 12-1 p.m. on December 3. Mr. Orange’s novel “There There” is the current program selection for reading.

    RSVP at the UCI Great Big Read website   

Since its debut in 2018, “There There” has been critically acclaimed for its multi-faceted characters and sensitive storytelling to confront the current representations and historical treatment of indigenous peoples in the United States. Mr. Orange received several prestigious accolades for this novel, including a PEN/Hemingway Award which honors the book as a major first novel, a National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for outstanding first book in any genre, and a Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.

At the UCI event, Mr. Orange will provide a brief reading before discussing the book’s meaning today, with conversation and Q&A facilitated by Alicia Carroll, Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature.

The UCI Great Big Read is sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, UCI Libraries, and Division of Student Affairs. This university-wide program provides a forum for discussion about exceptional literature promoting inclusive excellence. The program aims to foster engagement and social solidarity among UCI members and the public during a time when we are practicing physical distancing due to the current pandemic.

For more details, please see information at: https://inclusion.uci.edu/uci-great-big-read/.

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