Treasure Valley Reads

2019 Feature Title: There There, by Tommy Orange

An Evening with Tommy Orange

Saturday, 7:00-9:00 p.m., March 23
The Egyptian - 700 West Main Street
Treasure Valley Reads invites you to an evening with Tommy Orange. He will speak, field questions from the community, and sign books. Moderated by Jason Pretty Boy, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who grew up in Declo, ID. He now lives in Boise with his family and works on environmental justice/social change issues. This program is presented in collaboration with Storyfort and is supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a State-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 

Tommy Orange Reception

Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m., March 23
Ming Studios - 420 South 6th Street
Join Treasure Valley Reads in collaboration with Storyfort for an opportunity to meet and greet author Tommy Orange prior to his public presentation. This event is free and open to public. Space is limited. 

Read There There

Borrow the ebook, book, large print book, or audiobook of There There by Tommy Orange.

About the Author

​​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. 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. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angel’s Camp, California.

Events & Book Discussions at Boise Public Library 


Discussion: Indigenous Activism
Thursday, 7:00 p.m., March 7
Main Library

Local activist and advocate Tai Simpson will discuss contemporary local and national indigenous activism and ACLU of Idaho’s Molly Kafka will present tips for planning community actions. About the Presenters: Tai Simpson is a member of the Nez Perce tribe and resident of Boise. In Nimiipuutimpt, the traditional language of the Nez Perce Tribe, Tai’s name is The Storyteller. Tai attended Boise State University and works in the community as an anti-racist educator and activist. Tai loves dogs, wine, and sunshine. Molly Kafka is the community lawyer-organizer fellow at the ACLU of Idaho and is committed to disrupting the power imbalance traditional lawyering has created between lawyers and communities. She loves watching movie trailers and walking in the forest. 

Panel Discussion on Tommy Orange’s There There
Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m., March 12
Main Library
​A panel of students from Boise State University’s Intertribal Native Council will share insights. 

Family Storytime: Native Americans
Saturday, 10:30 a.m., April 27
Main Library

A storytime for the whole family! Join us on a literary-adventure as we visit new places, meet new friends, and have lots of fun while doing it!


Library! at Cole & Ustick
Thursday, 6:30 p.m., April 4
Saturday, 1 p.m., April 6   

Main Library
Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., April 9
Library! at Hillcrest
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., April 17
Library! at Collister
Tuesday, 7 p.m., April 23

About Treasure Valley Reads

Treasure Valley Reads is a community-wide reading project. Since 2001, Treasure Valley Reads partners have encouraged readers across the Valley to come together to learn something new, be creative, and share ideas around themes in a common book.

“As usual, we offer an extraordinary slate of events and activities for a range of ages and interests,” says project coordinator, Mary DeWalt.  “Reads 2019 is sure to be both enlightening and entertaining, bringing the community together and building a community of readers.”

Browse the Treasure Valley Reads brochure with a full listing of local events, discussion questions for the novel, and recommended companion titles for younger readers.

Contact Us

Phone: (208) 972-8200
Telecirc: (208) 384-4450
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Director: Kevin Booe

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