One City One Book - 2019

One City One Book - San Francisco Reads

San Francisco Public Library is honored to announce its 15th Annual One City One Book selection, There There by Tommy Orange.

There There tells the story of urban Native Americans living in Oakland, CA, depicting a beautiful, compelling, heartbreaking and urgently real landscape of the Native experience living in the Bay Area past and present day. This explosive, engaging read grapples with complex and painful histories through a constellation of twelve characters from Native communities. As the characters each make their individual journeys to the Big Oakland Powwow, they discover truths about themselves—and eventually each other—long buried but ready to be brought into the light. 

Throughout the months of October and November 2019, There There will be widely available at all San Francisco libraries and at bookstores around the city. We are pleased to offer many events and programs related to One City One Book, including Tommy Orange in conversation, book talks, themed exhibits, and a city-wide celebration of First Person heritage and the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz Uprising. This year’s One City One Book program is a joint partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission, Oakland Public Library, City College of San Francisco, and June Jordan School of Equity. 

About the Author

Tommy Orange

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.

Connect with Tommy Orange | @TommyOrange

Awards and Recognitions for There There

  • PEN/Hemingway Award winner, 2019
  • The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize winner, 2019
  • National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize winner, 2018
  • Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) finalist, 2019
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction finalist, 2019
  • Art Seidenbaum Award finalist, 2019
  • Aspen Words Literary Prize finalist, 2019