Oklahoma’s third DoubleR Author Tour kicks off September 11 in Claremore with a presentation by award-winning author Alton Carter. He will also be appearing in public libraries and schools in Stratford, Elk City, Tecumseh, and Watonga.
Carter’s first book, The Boy Who Carried Bricks, is a true account of his young life in Oklahoma—a life betrayed by abandonment, neglect, hunger, and violence. While some readers may identify too closely with the hardscrabble narrative, all readers find inspiration in the author’s ultimate triumph over a difficult childhood.
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Ada Children’s author and illustrator Hannah E. Harrison joins this year’s DoubleR Author Tour on October 18 in Tishomingo. Harrison, who received the 2015 Oklahoma Book Award in Illustration for the book Extraordinary Jane, will be visiting schools and public libraries in Tishomingo, Antlers, Stratford, Duncan, and Pauls Valley during her two weeks on the road.
In addition to her Oklahoma Book Award win for Jane, she was also a 2016 finalist in the children’s category for Bernice Gets Carried Away. Both books, plus her latest—My Friend Maggie—will be available for sale at all of her DoubleR events.
Prior to her Reading Roundup debut, we had a chance to talk with Harrison about her illustrative art, her writing, and how the two fit together.
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Oklahoma’s second Reading Roundup kicks off October 3rd and 4th in Mustang with Young Adult author Roy Deering, 2015 Oklahoma Book Award winner for his very first work, Finders Keepers. Roy will be visiting schools and public libraries in Mustang, Antlers, Perkins, Enid, and Yukon during the next month as part of the 2016 DoubleR author tour.
More than 1900 people attended the events during the 2015 tour. Sponsors for this year’s tour are the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Oklahoma Center for the Book, Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO), Best of Books, the Oklahoma City Dodgers baseball team, and the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.
To get ready for the big tour, we asked Deering some questions to learn more about him, and about his acclaimed first YA novel, the story of a town turned upside down by the discovery of a cache of old baseball cards.
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