Book Groups, Discussions, and Author Events

March 12, 6:00 pm ~ Road to Readers Retreat ~ a discussion of Tommy Orange's There There, will be facilitated by Mazie Hough, Emerita Professor of History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UMaine in Orono.  The program is sponsored by Maine Humanities Council, which has given the library several free copies to hand out to interested readers.  

This is one of many lead-up discussions to the Maine Humanities annual spring book event, Readers Retreat, on Saturday, April 6.  To learn more, visit

Tuesday Readers will also be discussing the book on Tuesday, March 19, at 11:00am. Readers are welcome to join us!  Visit our book group page for more information.

There There by Tommy Orange 

"Tommy Orange's wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle's death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American-grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable."--Provided by publisher.

Book cover of There There by Tommy Orange