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Mar 27, 2024

"It's just as important for you to hear yourself speak your stories as it is for others to hear you speak them." --Tommy Orange

Author Drops Everything To Visit Bronx Students

Tommy Orange, author of There There, dropped everything amidst an active book tour to visit a Bronx high school class. Their teacher, Rick Ouimet, had written an impassioned email invitation, sharing how deeply transformative the book had been for his students. "It’s not often that an author walks into a room full of readers, let alone teenagers, who talk about characters born in his imagination as if they’re living, breathing human beings. And it’s equally rare for students to spend time with an author whose fictional world feels like a refuge," wrote Elisabeth Egan for the NY Times. Orange later noted the class visit was "the most intense connection I’ve ever experienced."

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