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MIT Reads

Due to COVID-19, the discussion and events for Tommy Orange’s There There will be postponed until the fall.

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Instead, please join us this National Poetry Month for a virtual celebration and read-along.

  • Each week, we’ll share three poems and lead a themed discussion for each.
  • Visit our Goodreads page to become a member of our group, access selected poetry, and connect with others.
  • #MITReadsPoetry begins April 1st!

MIT Reads is an all-MIT reading experience that aims to build community and foster understanding. Events and discussions are open to the entire MIT community.

Fall 2020 book selection: There There

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It is a pleasure to announce our next selection, chosen in partnership with the Indigenous Peoples Advocacy Committee: Tommy Orange’s There There. Read more and learn how to get the book.

About the book

This “astonishing literary debut” of “pure soaring beauty” is “masterful…white hot…devastating” in its voicing of “twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize.” “This chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism.”


MIT Reads is sponsored by the MIT Libraries and the MIT Press Bookstore.