Multnomah County Library invites the community to participate in Everybody Reads 2020, featuring Tommy Orange’s debut novel about the urban Native experience There There. Everybody Reads is a community reading project made possible in part by The Library Foundation.

There There offers a series of gripping portraits and perspectives of Native people in urban America, told by 12 characters traveling to Oakland for a powwow, each of them contending with issues of identity, memory and belonging.

Free copies of There There are available for pick up at all library locations without a library card (while supplies last). It is also available for download from the library catalogue as an e-book or audiobook. The library encourages readers to discuss the book, and share their copies with friends, coworkers and neighbors.

The library will host a series of events through March 5 to support discussion of the book and its themes. Events will be presented by members of the local Native community. 

Author Tommy Orange will speak Thursday, March 5, 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets are available from Literary Arts and a full event schedule can be found at