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Contemporary Indigenous Authorship; fingerprints in red, blue, yellow; UW Tacoma Library logo

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.

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Real Lit[erature] Book Club

Tommy Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he was born and raised in Oakland, California.

-Penguin Random House


Tacoma Reads: Discussion with Tommy Orange

Friday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Rialto Theater
Free registration required

Real Lit[erature] Discussions TBA

Fall Quarter 2019
UW Tacoma Library

Tacoma Reads

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.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes

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.

Find There, There at your local public library

Available in English in audiobook CD, book, eAudiobook, eBook, and large print.

King County Library System

Pierce County Public Library

Tacoma Public Library

Tacoma Reads: A conversation with Tommy Orange

The materials suggested here are not exhaustive but rather meant to inspire further exploration.