Native Voices Changing the StorySaturday, April 28 | 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Tommy Orange, Katherena Vermette, moderated by Carolina De Robertis
These two powerful rising voices are breaking new ground in Native literature. Pam Houston wrote of Tommy Orange, “Remember his name. His book’s going to blow the roof off.” His novel “There There” is a remarkable look at urban Indian experience that Margaret Atwood described as “a gripping deep dive into urban indigenous community in California: an astonishing literary début!” Katherena Vermette is a writer from the Métis nation in Canada whose multifaceted novel “The Break” follows a Native woman and her neighbors after an assault. One of many rave reviews described “a stark portrayal of the adversity that plagues First Nations women in this country—and the strength that helps them survive.” Bonus: The first 100 attendees to this session will receive an excerpt of Orange’s book, set to hit shelves in June.
The Brower Center - Goldman Theater
With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley