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Ten Evenings

Tommy Orange

Ten Evenings is presented by Bank of America

“Being Indian has never been about returning to the land. The land is everywhere or nowhere.”


There There is the shattering debut novel by Tommy Orange that caught the critics by storm, winning multiple prizes, and topping year-end Best Book lists. At once poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, utterly contemporary and always unforgettable, the instant classic is a stunning portrayal of urban Native American life.

Orange’s relentlessly paced multigenerational 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, a 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.

Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, Winner of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, Winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize 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.

“With a literary authority rare in a debut novel, it places Native American voices front and center before readers’ eyes.”


Book Signing

Join us in the Music Hall Foyer after the lecture to get your book signed or personalized. Books will be available for sale at the event from White Whale Bookstore.

Sponsored by University of Pittsburgh Press
With additional support from Hunter Associates

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Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.


Additional tickets may become available closer to the time of the lecture. The link above is updated in real time. You may also call 412.622.8866 from noon until 4 p.m. on the day of the lecture or come to the box office which opens at 6:30 p.m.


Carnegie Music Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213


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