The Santa Fe Community College library is partnering with the Santa Fe Public Library to sponsor four book discussion groups in September and October. Santa Fe Public Library is one of 62 organizations nationwide selected to receive a 2022-2023 NEA Big Read grant. The grant will support a community reading program focusing on “There, There” by Tommy Orange in September through November 2022.
“There, There” is a novel by Tommy Orange, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, that follows the unexpectedly connected lives of 12 characters from Native American communities who travel to a big, and ultimately volatile, powwow in the city of Oakland, California. Themes of the book include urbanity, authenticity, importance of stories and storytelling, individual vs. collective, violence, substance addiction and the concept of home and community.
The Big Read program will kick off on September 15 and will culminate with Tommy Orange’s in-person author event on November 5.
The SFCC library is offering two online and two in-person opportunities to discuss the book. All Santa Fe community members are welcome.
- Tuesday, September 27 – Online – Noon
- Tuesday, October 4 – In Person – Noon
At the SFCC Library, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe 87508
- Thursday, October 20 – Online – 6 p.m.
- Thursday, October 27 – in Person – 5:30 p.m.
At the Santa Fe Community College Library, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe 87508
Questions? Contact Valerie Nye at: email@example.com.
Here is information from the NEA about “There, There”: https://www.arts.gov/initiatives/nea-big-read/there-there
Here is information about Santa Fe’s Big Read from the Santa Fe Public Library: https://santafelibrary.org/bigread/