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Pequot Museum and Bank Square Books Launch Indigenous Voices Series with New Yorker Featured Author Tommy Orange



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Pequot Museum and Bank Square Books Launch Indigenous Voices Series

with New Yorker Featured Author Tommy Orange on June 8


VIP Reception Includes Meet-and-Greet, Book Signings with

Calif.-based Author of There There


MASHANTUCKET, Conn., and MYSTIC, Conn. – May 16, 2018 – The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center and Bank Square Books announced today they will launch their Indigenous Voices Series with a book reading event featuring California-based author Tommy Orange. The New Yorker featured Orange in This Week in Fiction and its Fiction Podcast in March to showcase his debut novel, There There, available worldwide on June 5.


Orange’s visit is a rare opportunity for anyone who loves literature and culture to listen firsthand to a brilliant new author at the start of a major career. There There powerfully portrays the complex perspectives of Native Americans living in our cities today through Orange’s masterful storytelling.   


On Friday, June 8, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Orange will read from and discuss his debut work at the Pequot Museum auditorium, located at 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, Conn. Tickets for this event are $5, available online now and at the door. Copies of There There will be available for purchase.


A VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. will feature the opportunity to meet Orange and have books signed. VIP guests will receive a hardcover copy of There There and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments from the popular Pequot Café. Tickets to the VIP reception are available online for $50 and also include entry to the book reading event.


There There explores the urban Native American experience, following the stories of 12 characters whose lives converge at the Big Oakland Powwow. The novel grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse and suicide.

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. Orange was born and raised in Oakland, Calif., and resides in Angels Camp, Calif.



About Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is a non-profit educational institution that seeks to further knowledge and understanding of the richness and diversity of the indigenous cultures and societies of the U.S. and Canada. The museum consists of permanent exhibits, the Mashantucket Gallery, classrooms, a 320-seat auditorium, restaurant, and museum shop, while the research center houses collections, libraries, archives, and archaeology and conservation laboratories.


The world’s largest Native American museum, The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center serves as a major resource on the histories and cultures of Native Americans in the northeast and on the region's rich natural history.


About Bank Square Books

Located in the heart of downtown Mystic, Conn., Bank Square Books has been a cornerstone of the community for over 25 years. It is a locally owned and operated bookstore with a great selection of books and helpful, knowledgeable staff. There is something for everyone, including bestsellers, classics, children's books, gifts and toys, plus a wide range of greeting cards, Mystic postcards, journals and stationery. The bookstore hosts many author events, both in the store and around the community, including author luncheons, Beer & Books, dinners, author talks and book signings. Its sister store is Savoy Bookshop & Café in Westerly, R.I.


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