Well, 2007 is almost over and as we ring out the old year we also will be leaving Oklahoma’s first 100 years in the past and moving into the future.
As the state has commemorated this milestone in Oklahoma history we here at Muskogee Public Library have tried to commemorate some of the literary heritage of our state as well as to inform you of various sources of information on Oklahoma through our Books and More columns.
This is the final column in the series. It has been an interesting year for the library staff to find creative ways to provide Oklahoma themed columns for each week and for most of us it is with a sigh of relief as well as some regret to forge on to new horizons.
As I close out Muskogee Public Library’s salute to Oklahoma, I want to give you some Web sites where you can go to find resources about Oklahoma authors as well as give you an overview of some of the great Oklahoma writers we may not have covered during 2007. You can find the Web sites listed by doing a Google search for “Oklahoma authors.”
I want to start with the Oklahoma Center for the Book. The Oklahoma Center for the Book is the Oklahoma affiliate of the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It promotes the past, current, and future works of Oklahoma authors. It sponsors the Oklahoma Book Award program each year to give recognition to works written by Oklahomans or about Oklahoma. It also gives the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award. At the Web site you can find the Oklahoma Award books and authors, links to Oklahoma authors and writers’ organizations as well as individual Web sites. The authors listed at the Center for the Book site include both adult and children’s authors.
If you are in the mood for romance you can go to the OK-RWA (Oklahoma chapter of the Romance Writers of America) Web site and find all of the upcoming releases of this group of Oklahoma writers. If you read much in this genre I think you will be surprised at how many of these authors are Oklahomans.
The Oklahoma Crossroads: Documents and Images site from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries not only gives a selected list of authors and the books they wrote but give biographical information as well. This listing includes both adult and children’s authors.
If you want a list of authors to browse let me recommend the Web sites of a couple of Oklahoma libraries who have put together some excellent bibliographies of Oklahoma authors. They are Bartlesville Public Library and Tulsa City County Library. Both of these have information on both adult and children’s authors.
Finally, here are a few recommendations from Muskogee Public Library. If you like a good mystery you can’t go wrong with Carolyn Hart or William Barnhart and I like Jean Hager and Donis Casey.
If science fiction or fantasy is your bag then you might want to check out C.J. Cherryh, Mercedes Lackey, K. D. Wentworth or Mel Odom who has written a little bit of everything. Many of you are familiar with Tony Hillerman and Andre Norton and Louis L’Amour, Robert Conley or Billie Letts and might want to renew your acquaintance with them.
If you are not a fiction fan then you might want to check out Bob Burke, Jim Etter, Joy Harjo, John Hope Franklin, Linda Hogan, N. Scott Momaday or Glen Shirley just to name a few.
Oklahoma has some great writers and I hope you will continue to enjoy their works well into the next 100 years. Just remember, Muskogee Public Library is the best source for works by all of your favorite authors.
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