Inaugural Oklahoma Festival Celebrates Books, Authors, and Readers

Young People on a Boat with Books

 

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Authors, poets, illustrators, and readers of all ages will convene at Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District on Saturday, October 20 for the inaugural Oklahoma Book Festival. More than 50 writers, including national bestselling authors, will be in attendance at the event, which organizers hope will become the largest literary festival in the state.

Patterned after the annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., Oklahoma’s literary gathering will be filled with presentations, author panels, story times, craft activities, poetry readings, entertainment, book sales, and book signings.

Headliners for the festival include David Grann, author of the New York Times bestseller, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI; Edgar Award-winning mystery and suspense novelists Meg Gardiner (Into the Black Nowhere and Unsub) and Lou Berney (November Road and The Long and Faraway Gone); and illustrator Jerry Bennett, whose clients include Stan Lee, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Mattel and Dreamworks.

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The 2018 DoubleR Author Tour Kicks Off September

2018 DoubleR Author Tour graphic featuring Lutricia Clifton and Christopher Nick

Oklahoma’s Fourth DoubleR (Reading Roundup) Author Tour happens across the state this September. Ten communities in Oklahoma will host one of this year’s presenters: Young Adult author Lutricia Clifton, or artist/book illustrator Christopher  Nick.

In addition to presenting public programs at community libraries, the author and illustrator will also present at area schools.

Keep track of the schedule and find out more about this year’s presenters! Click the links below to read our interviews with these creative folk:

Q&A with Lutricia Clifton

Q&A with Christopher Nick

Meet Reading Roundup Illustrator Christopher Nick

Illustrator Christopher NickArtist Christopher Nick joins the 2018 DoubleR Author Tour on September 11 with a presentation in Okenee. He’ll also be making appearances in Woodward, Apache, Marlow, and Hennessey during the month.

Nick illustrated Dust Storm, the 2017 Oklahoma Book Award-winning Children’s title. He has also illustrated other children’s books, including D-Day: American Character, A Story from World War II, and The Room in My Heart.

If you’ve ever toured the Oklahoma State Capitol, chances are good you’ve come across Nick’s work. The prolific artist has eight paintings in the building, including portraits of Governor Abraham Seay, Territorial Governor George Steele, architect Solomon Layton, and Chickasaw aviator Eula Pearl Carter Scott. In 2009, he unveiled his painting of the USS Oklahoma Memorial in the Oklahoma Senate Chamber.

Nick has also enjoyed success as a commercial illustrator for a variety of products, and he still finds time to serve as a teaching artist through the Oklahoma Arts Council.

To set the stage for his Reading Roundup debut, we asked him a few questions.

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Meet Reading Roundup Author Lutricia Clifton

Young adult Author Lutricia CliftonGet ready for Okahoma’s fourth DoubleR Author Tour! Writer Lutricia Clifton kicks off the fun with presentations in Cleveland on Monday, September 10. She will also be appearing in public libraries and schools in Bristow, Wagoner, Pawhuska, and the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Oklahoma City.

Clifton won the 2017 Oklahoma Book Award for her young adult novel Seeking Cassandra, which will be the featured title on her tour. Her first YA novel, Freaky Fast Frankie Joe, landed on multiple Notable and Best lists of YA titles, was on the Sequoyah Book Awards Masterlist, and was nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award. In addition to writing Book cover of Saving Cassandrafor young people, she also publishes adult mysteries under the name Lu Clifton. Her first two mysteries were also finalists for Oklahoma Book Awards in the Fiction category.

A native of Southeastern Oklahoma, Clifton had lived in four states by the time she was in third grade before the family finally put roots down in the Texas Panhandle. She has been a writer, editor, and teacher during her adult life.

We wanted to get to know more about this year’s featured YA author before the tour begins.

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In Memoriam: Robert L. Clark, Jr.

Sad news. Former ODL Director Bob Clark died on May 26. He had been suffering from Post Polio Syndrome for the past several years, but his wife Audrey says he remained active despite his physical difficulties. In fact, he remained active until five days before his death.

Below is the brief paragraph we shared with the national library press, which has very limited space for such announcements. If we had had room, we would have also mentioned that he was instrumental in establishing the Oklahoma Center for the Book, the fourth such center established under the Library of Congress program. It’s always good when Oklahoma is not at the bottom of a list.

Memorial donations may be made to:
ACLU of Oklahoma
3000 Paseo
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
https://www.acluok.org/


Robert L. Clark, 72, director of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) from 1976 until his retirement in 2000, died May 26. During his tenure as State Librarian he headed two Governor’s Conferences on libraries and led a strategic planning process that redefined Oklahoma’s state library and its role in the information age. He championed preservation programs, government openness laws, and library and information services for institutional populations.  A staunch supporter of Intellectual Freedom, he and the agency made news in 1997 when a federal judge granted ODL intervener plaintiff status in the strange obscenity case of the Academy Award winning film “The Tin Drum.” When an Oklahoma County judge ruled the film contained obscenity, VHS copies of the movie were confiscated from the Metropolitan Library System and area video rental stores. The Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) sued and ODL was granted standing in representing access and censorship concerns on the local level. The VSDA prevailed in the case and the film was ultimately returned to library and store shelves. Clark received the Oklahoma Library Legend Award from the Oklahoma Library Association in 2007.