Tommy Orange in Conversation with Lanre Akinsiku (Brown University)

Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative and Literary Arts
, Martinos Auditorium & Lobby

Join the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative (NAISI) and Literary Arts Department at Brown University as we welcome Tommy Orange for our Spring 2023 Keynote event. Tommy Orange will be in conversation with Lanre Akinsiku (Brown University) about Orange’s work and award-winning debut novel, There There. For more information on Tommy Orange, please visit

The conversation will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. This event is free, open to the public, and first-come, first-served. Please join us at 5:30 PM for a reception preceding the main event. Please RSVP here.

This event will be livestreamed. Access the Zoom Webinar Livestream beginning at 6PM EST here.

Tommy Orange is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. There There was one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year, and won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the Pen/Hemingway Award. There There was also longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Orange graduated from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and was 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.

Lanre Akinsiku is the author of Blacktop Vol. 1-4 (Penguin Young Readers, 2016-2017), a young adult series which won recognition from the New York Public Library, Publishers Weekly, and the Junior Library Guild. His fiction and essays have appeared in NPR, the Washington Post, the Kenyon Review, Zocalo Public Square, Gawker, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in fiction from Cornell University, where he received a 2017 James McConkey Creative Writing Award and a 2017 Sampson Teaching Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.