Maryland Humanities is proud to announce that Tommy Orange, author of the 2023 One Maryland One Book selection There There will appear in two events this fall as part of an author tour.
All events are free and open to the public, unless noted.
October 12, 2023
5:30 PM Eastern
Author Reception (Ticketed)
Special Remarks by Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo), Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities
Salisbury University, Fulton Hall Gallery
Prior to Tommy Orange’s public event, come mingle, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and get a copy of the book for the author to sign! All proceeds from this event benefit the impactful educational programming of Maryland Humanities. Tickets are $15 for students and community partners and $50 for supporting guests. We deeply appreciate your support, and ask you to consider giving even if you cannot attend the event this time.
You can find parking on-site at the solar lot on College Avenue (Lot H) or the lot in front of Blackwell Hall on Camden Avenue (Lot F). See campus map here. Attendees must register their vehicle information to avoid getting tickets. Click here to register your vehicle.
October 12, 2023
7:00 PM Eastern
OMOB Author Talk
In conversation with Dr. Isabel Quintana Wulf
followed by Audience Q&A and Book Signing
Salisbury University, Guerrieri Academic Commons
For a live, in-person author event, Tommy Orange will be visiting Salisbury University to discuss There There with the public. Following an introduction by Dr. Céline Carayon of the History Department, Tommy will be joined in conversation with Dr. Isabel Quintana Wulf of the English Department, before opening up to Q&A with the audience and book signing after the event.
Visitors to Salisbury University are encouraged to park in Lot B, off Route 13. This will be directly in front of the Guerreri Academic Commons. The event will be on the fourth floor, Assembly Hall (AC 462).
- Dr. Isabel Quintana Wulf
Isabel Quintana Wulf, Ph.D.
Department of English
Director of American Studies
Isabel Quintana Wulf an Assistant Professor in the Department of English as a Multiethnic US Literatures specialist, and the Director of the American Studies Program. She teaches courses in Multiethnic US Literatures, Latina/o/x Literature, Native American Literature, Asian American Literature, and Critical Theory. Quintana Wulf earned her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013, and her scholarship engages with questions of borders (both geopolitical and metaphorical), inclusion and exclusion, national and cultural identity, and processes of racialization in contemporary multiethnic US literatures—especially in Native and Latina/o/x literary texts. Born and raised in Spain to a Spanish father and a German mother, Quintana Wulf has been in the US for 21 years and has been a naturalized US citizen since 2016.
- Dr. Celine Carayon
Dr. Carayon joined the faculty at Salisbury University in 2012. She specializes in the history of the American colonies, Native American history, and the French Atlantic world (16th-18th century). In addition to these topics, she also teaches the History “proseminar” as well as the Master’s program’s Methods course. She holds a Master’s degree from the Universite Paul Valery in Montpellier (France) and a Ph.D. in American History from the College of William and Mary (’10). Her first book, Eloquence Embodied : Nonverbal Communication among French and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas was published in the Fall 2019 by the University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, NC) and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (Williamsburg, VA) (
https://www.uncpress.org/book/9781469652627/eloquence-embodied/ ). The monograph has since received several prizes.
September 7, 2023
6:00 PM Eastern
OMOB 2023 Launch
with Brendan Shay Basham
Maryland Humanities invites you to a virtual event with Tommy Orange (Cheyenne and Arapaho), author of There There.
Orange will discuss the state of modern Native American literature, how There There fits into that legacy, and more. A Q&A will follow.
If you’re planning to use There There for your library, school, or book club, this event will be a wonderful way to learn more about There There before your own discussion. Such conversations give helpful and engaging insight into how the writer crafted their work and what they intended, preparing us to read thoughtfully and analytically. Not to mention, inspiring thoughts for any budding creative writers!
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Brendan Shay Basham is unable to participate our One Maryland One Book Launch. We apologize for any inconvenience. Program Officer for Literature Aditya Desai will be joining Tommy Orange in conversation.
Participants must register (where it says “Register Here” above) to receive the virtual event link.
- Brendan Shay Basham
(Diné) is a fiction writer, poet, educator, and former chef, born in Alaska and raised in Northern Arizona. He received his MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and a BA in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College. His work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Santa Fe Literary Review, Yellow Medicine Review, and Juked, among other publications. He is a recipient of Poetry Northwest’s inaugural James Welch Prize for Indigenous writers, the Ucross Foundation’s first Fellowship for Native American Writers, and fellowships from the Truman Capote Literary Trust, Tin House, and Writing By Writers. Basham lives in Baltimore, where he runs a make-believe café with his wife and dog.
- SWIM HOME TO THE VANISHED
Playing brilliantly with form and narrative, Swim Home to the Vanished by Brendan Shay Basham (Harper; On sale: August 22, 2023) is a literary feat that embraces and builds on indigenous storytelling traditions—a poetic, hallucinatory, fever-dream of a book that will excite readers. New York Times bestselling writer Tommy Orange writes that “Swim Home to the Vanished is a lush and fantastic journey through strange lands and minds from an incandescent new voice full of my kind of melancholic brilliance and unromantic magic. The book devastates buoyantly, sensually, like some culinary chimera rising from heretofore unknown waters to take you under and wrap you like a song. Brendan Basham’s novel is the announcement of an emerging writer fully formed.”
After the death of his brother, Damien, a grief-stricken young man, seeks refuge and oblivion in a secluded fishing village dominated by a family of brujas in this haunting debut novel, inspired, in part, by the ramifications of Diné history and thought—a mesmerizing, original tale in the tradition of works by Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, and Gabriel García Márquez.
But the village has grief of its own. The same day that Damien arrives, a young woman from the community’s most powerful family is being laid to rest. A stranger in town, Damien is the object of gossip and suspicion, ignored by all except the dead girl’s mother, Ana Maria. Damien soon begins to fall under Ana Maria’s charismatic spell. But it becomes impossible for him to resist the rumors that she might have had something to do with her daughter’s death, or to deny his strange kinship with one of Ana Maria’s surviving daughters, Marta, who knows too well the grief that follows the loss of a sibling and is driven by a fierce need for revenge. Swiftly, Damien finds himself caught in a power struggle between the brujas, a whirlwind battle that threatens to sweep the whole village out to sea.
Honoring the traditions and history of the Diné people, including the belief that those who grieve can take on the bodies of animals, Swim Home to the Vanished explores the death grip grief has on the human soul, the ripples and variations it casts over the texture of life. It interrogates the condition the Navajo call Che’naa’: a feeling of missing something that you can no longer go back to, or perhaps never existed at all, carried by all sufferers of the Long Walk, a sort of psychological, forced removal that spans time and space.
Brendan Shay Basham’s work has already received major attention. He’s been widely published in many prominent literary magazines and has received several prizes and fellowships, including nominations for the 2016 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and a 2018 Pushcart Prize.
Be sure to check with your local institutions, including libraries, to find a program related to There There near you and join in on the cultural dialogue!
Check out some of these other exciting events from our program partners:
“Baltimore Reservation” Walking Tour
in partnership with Enoch Pratt Free Library
Local artist and activist Ashley Minner (Lumbee) will lead a walking tour of “the American Indian community of East Baltimore,” recently digitized at baltimorereservation.com. Attendees will travel to Hokahey Indian Trading Post, Vera Shank Daycare/Native American Senior Citizens, Inter-Tribal Restaurant, and more. Tour dates:
- Saturday, September 9, 2023
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
- Saturday, October 7, 2023
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Registration details to follow.
Native American Heritage Month Book Discussion & Community Panel
in partnership with Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance
The Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance oversees the Handsell House in Vienna, Maryland to recognize the Black and Indigenous histories, along with those of English settlers, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The organization will bring together members of the Eastern Shore’s Native communites by hosting a book discussion of There There and community panel. Presented in partnership with the Pocomoke Indian Nation and Dorchester County Library.
November 12, 2023
3:00 pm to 5:00 PM
This event is free and open to all, but seats will be limited.