North America has been inhabited since long before Leif Erikson and Christopher Columbus. This land's Indigenous Peoples continue to exist today, asserting their sovereignty and working to maintain their civil rights. We invite you to consider their #ownvoices in contemporary authorship. A temporary exhibit parallels this guide in the foyer of the Snoqualmie Building at the University of Washington Tacoma Library. (View library hours.)
#ownvoices helps identify writing about characters from marginalized communities by authors from that same marginalized group. Privileging #ownvoices helps reduce harmful stereotypes that might be assumed by authors writing outside of their lived experience.
This fall the UW Tacoma Library and Center for Equity & Inclusion's Real Lit[erature] diversity book club will participate in Tacoma Reads, a local community reading program that seeks to unite the community in dialogue around contemporary themes through reading a common text.
Author Tommy Orange is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, a united Nation of two tribes with distinct cultures, traditions, social dances, ceremonies, and languages.