St. Joseph’s University, New York is set to welcome Pulitzer Prize-finalist and author Tommy Orange — as well as Academy Award-winning actor, writer and director Ethan Hawke — to celebrate Orange’s new novel, “Wandering Stars.”
The March 5 event, held in collaboration with the Greenlight Bookstore, will take place at the Brooklyn Campus at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Brooklyn Voices series. Hawke, currently starring in the apocalyptic thriller “Leave the World Behind” with Julia Roberts on Netflix, will lead Orange in a discussion of his new work, followed by a book signing period with the author.
A follow-up to his breakout and bestseller “There There,” Orange extends his constellation of narratives into the past and future with “Wandering Stars.”
In this three-generational novel viewed as both shattering and wondrous, Orange, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma — traces the horrific impacts of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864, which saw roughly 230 Cheyenne and Arapaho people murdered; and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, the first government-run boarding school for Native American children where students were forced to assimilate into white American society and at which 186 students died.
Tickets can be purchased for $29, which includes a copy of the book.