The purpose of the Griz Read is to provide new students with a common connection through a thought-provoking book. Each year, a committee of faculty, staff, and students select a book from nominations submitted by the campus community.
All members of the campus community, especially first-year students, are encouraged to read the book and participate in Griz Read events.
We believe that books forge powerful bonds and we are excited to begin the campus discussion this year!
Tommy Orange’s shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to each other in ways they may not yet realize. There is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and working to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, who is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death, has come to work at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil has come 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 laugh-out-loud funny, utterly contemporary and always unforgettable.
(summary from Penguin Random House)
- National Bestseller
- One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year
- Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award
- Winner of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize
- Winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
Soup MondayOctober 30, 12:30-2 PM, Payne Family Native American Center
- Join author Tommy Orange for soup and discussion of the novel, There There.
- This is a free event open to all members of the University of Montana and Missoula College community.
Student Q&A with Tommy Orange
October 30, 2-3 PM, Payne Family Native American Center
Students are invited to bring their questions to a discussion with There There author, Tommy Orange.
Tommy Orange Fireside Chat
October 30, 7:30 PM, UC Ballroom
Free and open to the public
- Submit questions in advance here!