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Headliners, Poetry Readings, and Genre Panels Highlight Successful Book Festival

Veteran Journalist and 60 Minutes Correspondent Steve Pelley shares stories from his book Truth Worth Telling. More than 150 were in the audience to hear Pelley for the festival’s first Headliner session. Honorary Co-Chair Jane Jayroe [inset] recruited Pelley for the festival.

A rainy morning and a day where the wind came sweeping down the plains didn’t stop a record crowd from turning out for the 2nd Oklahoma Book Festival on Saturday, September 21. 

Festival vendor Factor 110 estimates more than 3,000 individuals headed to the Oklahoma City Boathouse District to hear the 100+ presenters from Oklahoma and across the nation as they discussed their latest books—an increase from last year’s estimate of more than 2,500 in attendance. 

Headliners were the big draw, with a total of 427 people attending sessions in the Ida Sutton Williams Headliner Tent to hear presentations on popular current titles, from Scott Pelley’s Truth Worth Telling, to WK Stratton’s book on the movie The Wild Bunch, to Mystery writer Anne’s Hillerman’s latest work, The Tale Teller

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Oklahoma’s Inaugural Book Festival by the Numbers

Costumed characters from Jedi OKC and the 501st Legion added to the fun of the Oklahoma Book Festival. See more photos from the festival.

A rain-soaked Friday, October 19—that almost made planners push the panic button—gave way to a sunny and successful Oklahoma Book Festival on Saturday, October 20, in Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District.

A book festival the state could call its own has long been a dream of Oklahoma’s literary community. Budget cuts that effectively slashed ODL’s number of employees by more than 50% over the past two decades didn’t bode well for the agency and its Oklahoma Center for the Book (OCB) to take on such an endeavor.

But take two determined employees (Vicki Mohr, administrator of ODL’s Office of Library Development, and Connie Armstrong, OCB Director), an agency director willing to use federal LSTA funds to help fund the project (Susan McVey), some influential and generous sponsors and partners, some enthusiastic volunteers, and a host of willing authors and illustrators…well, you get a book festival!

Let’s take a look at the successful event by the numbers…

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Inaugural Oklahoma Festival Celebrates Books, Authors, and Readers

Young People on a Boat with Books

 

This press release, promotional photos, event logo, portrait shots of the three headliners, and selected book jacket graphics may be downloaded at http://okbookfest.org/media-kit/

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Contact: Bill Young, Public Information Manager
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
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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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Oklahoma’s First Teen Book Con Brings Big Names in YA Literature to Guthrie

Oklahoma Teen Book Con Graphic

More than 20 Young Adult authors from across the country will join hundreds of readers in the state’s Territorial Capitol on Saturday, October 28 for the inaugural Oklahoma Teen Book Con.

Stiefvater

The Scottish Rite Temple of Guthrie, the largest Masonic center in the world, will serve as the venue for the day, which begins with a 10:00 a.m. keynote from Maggie Stiefvater, New York Times bestselling author of the Shiver trilogy, The Scorpio Races, and The Raven Boys Cycle series.

Stiefvater will be joined by Ryan Graudin, winner of the Oklahoma Library Association’s Sequoyah Book Award for Wolf by Wolf, for the final session of the day to discuss what YA literature means to the authors who pen it.

Graudin

In between participants can attend sessions on YA romance, fantasy, and mystery. An Author Meetup will work like “speed dating” with authors rotating around the room to talk to different groups.

Oklahoma YA authors Sonia Gensler and Tara Hudson will be teaching writing workshops to winners of a previously held writing contest.

A grand book sale and book signing with all the authors will be held from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. to close the event.

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