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Tommy Orange - book author

Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angels Camp, California.

Tommy Orange is the author of books: There There, The State, McSweeney's #58, Penguin Random House Audio Story Sampler 2019, Bodies Built for Game: The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Contemporary Sports Writing

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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-year-old 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.
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This special issue is wholly focused on climate change with original speculative fiction from twelve noted contributors in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Global in scope, each story is focused on one part of the dire warnings issued by the 2018 Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change. Featuring Tommy Orange, Salvador Plascencia, Claire G. Coleman, Birna Anna Bj�rnsd�ttir, Elif Shafak, Abbey Mei Otis, Kanishk Tharoor, Asja Bakic, Rachel Heng and more.
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Available exclusively on Bookstore Day (April 27, 2019), the Penguin Random House Audio sampler features some of the most popular independent bookstore bestsellers:

Where the Crawdads Sing
By Delia Owens

Black Leopard, Red Wolf
By Marlon James

There There
By Tommy Orange

Washington Black
By Esi Edugyan

Dreyer's English
By Benjamin Dreyer

The Unwinding of the Miracle
By Julie Yip-Williams

Daisy Jones & The Six
By Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Phantom Tollbooth
By Norton Juster
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Sport has always been central to the movements of both the nation-state and the people who resist that nation-state. Think of the Roman Colosseum, Jesse Owens’s four gold-medal victories in the 1936 Nazi Olympics, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s protest at the 1968 Olympics, and the fallout Colin Kaepernick suffered as a result of his recent protest on the sidelines of an NFL game. Sport is a place where the body and the mind are the most dangerous because they are allowed to be unified as one energy.

Bodies Built for Game brings together poems, essays, and stories that challenge our traditional ideas of sport and question the power structures that athletics enforce. What is it that drives us to athletics? What is it that makes us break our own bodies or the bodies of others as we root for these unnatural and performed victories? Featuring contributions from a diverse group of writers, including Hanif Abdurraqib, Fatimah Asghar, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Louise Erdrich, Toni Jensen, Ada Limón, Tommy Orange, Claudia Rankine, Danez Smith, and Maya Washington, this book challenges America by questioning its games.