Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange

Photo: Elena Siebert

This episode of “Literary Arts: The Archive Project,” features acclaimed author Tommy Orange in his appearance at the 2019 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. In this onstage interview with Andrew Proctor, the executive director of Literary Arts, Orange discusses his bestselling debut novel, “There There,” as well as his personal passions and journey to becoming a writer.

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. A national best-seller, “There There” has won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Nation Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and an American Book Award. It was named to numerous Book Books of the Year lists and was shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.


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.