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Oklahoma’s Reading Roundup Corrals Thousands of Participants

Artist and book illustrator Christopher Nick entertains students in Okeene.

More than 16,000 children, teens, teachers, librarians, parents, and library friends participated during the state’s four-year Reading Roundup Author Tour, which held its finale in Hennessey on September 25.
Almost 3,700 people attended this fall’s tours featuring author Lutricia Clifton (Seeking Cassandra) and illustrator Christopher Nick (Dust Storm).

Conceived in 2015, the “DoubleR” tour was inspired by a grant from the Reading Trust that helped place recent Oklahoma Book Award-winning children’s and young adult titles in all of the state’s public libraries.

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries and its Oklahoma Center for the Book (OCB) approached the Friends of the Center, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO), and other sponsors to fund tours of the authors and illustrators of those books each fall from 2015 to 2018.

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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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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.


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.


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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Meet Reading Roundup Author Alton Carter

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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Get Your Readin’ and Writin’ On!

Engage Your Students and Young Patrons with the Annual Letters About Literature and Sequoyah Reading Programs

letters-lit-300The Oklahoma Center for the Book’s 2016-2017 Letters About Literature contest is now accepting entries. There are cash prizes for the winning students and their libraries, and even more prizes at the national level through the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

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