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Human Rights Book Club

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

WHAT: A community-based book club to focus on human rights stories in literature. WHO: Co-founded by local human rights community leaders Marilyn Shuler and Lisa Uhlmann, with support from the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and Rediscovered Bookshop. WHEN: Second Thursday every other month. WHERE: Idaho Black History Museum, 508 E. Julia Davis Dr. COST: Free, other than book.

The book selection is There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange’s “groundbreaking, extraordinary” (The New York TimesThere There is the “brilliant, propulsive” (People Magazine) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. It’s “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel” (Entertainment Weekly).

As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.

There There is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seenIt’s “masterful . . . white-hot . . . devastating” (The Washington Post) at the same time as it is fierce, funny, suspenseful, thoroughly modern, and impossible to put down. Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it’s destined to be a classic.

 

Details

Date:
March 14
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue

Idaho Black History Museum
508 East Julia Davis Drive
Boise, ID 83702 United States
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