Capital Area One Book

Capital Area One Book

The Delta Township District Library is collaborating with Capital Area District Libraries and Lansing Community to College to offer a shared community reading experience. Join us to read and discuss the 2020 Capital Area One Book selection, There There by Tommy Orange.

Book cover of There There by Tommy Orange


Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, 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. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable.

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Author Visit

Tommy Orange will be visiting the Lansing area on Wednesday, April 22. Check back later for more ticket and event information.

Book Discussions

Join us to read and discuss There There by Tommy Orange.

Books & Brews at EagleMonk
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m.
Location: 4906 W Mt Hope Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917

Tuesday Morning Book Club
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 31, 10:15 a.m.
Location: Delta Township District Library – Lissa K. McLean Room

DTDL Book Club
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 15, 6 p.m.
Location: Delta Township District Library – Michael D. Moore Board Room

Related Events

Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan
Tuesday, April 14, 12:30 p.m.
Learn about the rich tradition of wild rice in Michigan and its importance to the Anishinaabek people who live here from Barbara Barton, endangered species biologist and author of Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan. Barton will discuss historic wild rice beds that once existed in Michigan, why many disappeared, and the efforts of tribal and nontribal people with a common goal of restoring and protecting Manoomin across the landscape.

This event is presented as part of the Lunchtime Lectures series in partnership with the Delta Township Senior Council. Visit our Event Calendar for more information about additional Lunchtime Lectures in March and April.

Recipe Club
Monday, March 30, 6 p.m.
Join us for special edition of our Recipe Club to discuss Native American recipes and traditions with the owners of the Native American Food Truck, Anishnabe Meejim. Bring your favorite corn dish to share and learn about traditions and techniques common in Native American dishes.