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2022-23 Campus Read

"Tommy Orange's shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to each other in ways they may not yet realize ... 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 laugh-out-loud funny, utterly contemporary and always unforgettable."  More info 

There There was published in 2018 and has won several awards -- PEN/Hemingway Award, National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the American Book Award. It was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist and shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. It has been included on many “Best Books of the Year” lists, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O: The Oprah Magazine, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, and Buzzfeed.

Campus Read Guide 

Discussions of There There - Free & Open to All

  • Thursday, March 30 - 12-1 p.m., Dakota Room, Student Union
    • Discussion leader: Michael Tomanek, Associate Professor of English
  • Sunday, April 16 - 1-3 p.m. - Room 204, LEA Hall
  • Sunday, April 23 - 1-3 p.m. - Room 204, LEA Hall

About BSC Campus Read: Established in 2004, Campus Read is designed to engage the campus community in a shared reading experience to enhance discussion and learning both inside and outside of the classroom.

Campus Read Goals
  • Build a culture of reading at BSC
  • Build community
  • Demonstrate the power, importance and joy of reading
  • Give everyone a common talking point
  • Promote lifelong learning