GREENSBORO, NC (November 10, 2021) – North Carolina has the largest Indigenous population east of the Mississippi River and the Greensboro Public Library celebrates Native American author Tommy Orange during the One City community reading , One Book this year. Fans can enjoy an evening with Tommy Orange at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 18 at The Terrace, Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 1921 West Gate City Blvd. The event is free and will feature music by Native American flute player Ray Silva, starting at 6:40 p.m.
The evening will be hosted by City of Greensboro Director of Communications and Marketing Carla Banks. Banks joined the city in 2016 and most recently served as director of public affairs for Orange County, North Carolina. She has also worked as a presenter and reporter for television stations in Florida, Georgia and Missouri.
Native American flute player Ray Silva is a member of the Navajo Nation. He has performed for countless schools, powwows, community events and private organizations across the country. Ray resides in North Carolina with his wife and son. He enjoys passing on Indigenous traditions to his son Jay.
Tommy Orange’s highly acclaimed debut novel There there, focuses on the modern “urban Indian” as he refers to himself and the characters in his novel. Praised by the media and other authors, There there is part of The New York Times Top 10 Books of the Year, Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Pen / Hemingway Prize Winner. With a common history of trauma, these voices share the plight of urban Native Americans with unwavering focus.
Celebrating Greensboro’s rich literary heritage, the Greensboro Public Library, along with the Greensboro Public Library Foundation and a host of community partners, sponsors the One City community, One Book read every two years. An evening with Tommy Orange is free and open to the public. For more information on Library events and resources, visit: www.greensborolibrary.org.