'There, There' is this year's One Book, One Philadelphia selection

Last week, in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, the Free Library announced the title of the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection.

This year, Philadelphia will be reading . . . There There, by Tommy Orange.

Set against a backdrop of sacred traditions, historical violence, and the metropolis of Oakland, California, Tommy Orange’s debut novel is “a comic vision haunted by profound sadness” (Louise Erdrich). A finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize, There There is a multi-voiced epic of 12 Native characters whose lives intertwine across the urban landscape in ways they may not yet realize.

Check out your ebook, audiobook, or paperback copy from the Free Library today!

Young readers will join the conversation with the youth companion books If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth (middle grade) and When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson and illustrated by Julie Flett (children’s).

Stay tuned to the One Book blog for discussion guides, conversation, and more. And don’t miss Tommy Orange’s visit to the Parkway Central Library on January 22, to kick off eight weeks of One Book programming!

One Book, One Philadelphia
Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director, Free Library of Philadelphia
Marie Field, Chair
Brittanie Sterner, Program Director
Hannah Bacon, Program Assistant

One Book, One Philadelphia is a project of the Free Library of Philadelphia that promotes literacy and encourages the Philadelphia community to come together through reading and discussing a single book. Each year, lectures, discussions, films, workshops, exhibitions, and performances illuminate both specific and universal themes within a featured selection. The 2020 program will run from January 22 to March 18.