EPISODE 11

Interview with Tommy Orange, author of There There

August 13, 2018 - In this bonus episode of the Read it Forward podcast, Abbe and Emma ask new co-host Amy Brinker to sit down with Tommy Orange, author of There There.

In this bonus episode of the Read it Forward podcast, Abbe and Emma ask Amy Brinker, host of the former podcast, Beaks and Geeks, and new co-host of the Read it Forward podcast, to sit down with Tommy Orange, author of There There, and discuss his debut novel.

There There follows twelve different Urban Indians, living in Oakland, California. The disparate storylines connect when each character makes their way to the Big Oakland Powwow.

One of the functions of literature is to make us feel less alone...I wanted to write to people who have lived a similar experience as me, so they don't feel as alone.
—Tommy Orange

One the eve of There There‘s June 5, 2018 publication date, the two talk about Tommy’s writing process and the inspiration behind the book, wrangling the interconnected storylines by going for long runs, and hearing that Louise Erdrich and Ethan Hawke are fans of his work.

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