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We are excited to announce that Tommy Orange, debut author of the novel There There, will be coming to East Wenatchee, Nespelem, and Moses Lake for free public speaking events as part of its annual NCRL Reads program.

Orange will speak at Eastmont High School in East Wenatchee on April 17. On April 18, he will speak at the Lucy F. Covington Government Center Auditorium in Nespelem and at the Moses Lake Civic Center Auditorium in Moses Lake. All three events are free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Library to broaden the program’s reach this year.” said Amanda Brack, Adult Services Manager.

“I am very excited to work with NCRL and WVC to bring Tommy Orange to our reservation. It is my hope that together we can continue to better serve our communities,” said Janessa Esquivel, Library Media Technician Senior with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Library.

Wenatchee Valley College is also hosting an event with Tommy Orange for their students and faculty during his visit to the region.

We are encouraging everyone to read There Therea national bestseller and winner of the American Book Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award. The book was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2019.

Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He was born and raised in Oakland, CA and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

For many years, we have brought celebrated authors, including Anthony Doerr and Cheryl Strayed, to NCW for their annual community reading program, NCRL Reads. Through this program, we invite everyone across NCW to read the same book, a book that sparks conversations, curiosity, and learning. Last year, more than 1,700 people attended our author events in Wenatchee and Omak to hear Tara Westover discuss her book, Educated. The book circulated over 2,000 times across the library system leading up to her visit.

Check out a copy of There There from any of our 30 branch libraries in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan, and Ferry counties.

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