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‘The Scent of Rain and Lightning’ to be filmed in state, officials say
Film producers for the big screen adaptation of “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” revealed initial casting on Monday. Based on Nancy Pickard’s book, the film stars Maika Monroe, best known from her role in the horror sleeper hit “It Follows,” and soon to be seen in “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Also... Read More
Happy birthday, J.K. Rowling (and Harry Potter)
"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling turned 50 years old today. It's Harry's birthday, too. If he were real, he'd be 35 today. Rowling's actual name, as most fans know, is Joanne Rowling. She was born on July 31, 1965, in Yate, Gloucestershire, England and attended the University of Exeter. Although she has... Read More
"Ready Player One" author returns with sci-fi novel "Armada"
"Armada" by Ernest Cline (Crown, 368 pages, in stores) Ernest Cline is an easy writer to like, especially if your tastes run to video games and classic science fiction novels, movies and television shows. Cline describes himself as, among other things, a "full-time geek," and that label, while entirely... Read More
'Decorating for Real Life' gives helpful tips for personal home decor
The focus of "Decorating for Real Life" is creating family friendly spaces and environments using practical ideas to make a dream home. Read More
'Electric Edge of Academe' gives definitive look at Deep Springs College, its founder
L. Jackson Newell's new book, "The Electric Edge of Academe: The Saga of Lucien L. Nunn and Deep Springs College," gives readers a definitive look at Nunn's remarkable careers and the history of Deep Springs College. Read More
'Bilwok: Dawn of the Trolls' is an entertaining sci-fi fantasy novel
In a future where technology has been lost and trolls are the dominant species, we find Bilwok, son of the chief enforcer of the trolls and grandson of the senior elder. The novel "Bilwok" shares his journey of discovery to accept his destiny. Read More
'Clickologie' offers pro tips to aspiring photographers
"Clickologie: Elevating Your Photography from Beginner to Pro," by Erin Summerill, offers pro tips, suggestions and encouragement to aspiring photographers. Read More
What to do in Oklahoma on July 27, 2015: Catch Dino O'Dell at Northwest and Capitol Hill libraries
Today's featured event: Dinosaur O’Dell (better known to his fans as “Dino”), a children’s musician, educator and storyteller based in Kansas City, will perform free shows today at 10:30 a.m. at Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122, and at 2 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26. The free performances are part... Read More
Book review: 'The Book of Speculation' by Erika Swyler
Book review: 'The Book of Speculation' by Erika Swyler Read More
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Book review: 'Doing the Devil’s Work' by Bill Loehfelm
Book review: 'Doing the Devil’s Work' by Bill Loehfelm Read More
Book review: “The Room” by Jonas Karlsson
Jonas Karlsson’s “The Room” casts a humorous yet critical eye on office culture and how people adapt — or fail to. It is a fun, quick read that should appeal to readers who enjoy injecting a little surrealism and absurdity into their daily lives Read More
Movie review: 'When Marnie Was There'
An abbreviated version of this review is in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 3 of 4 stars. Movie review: 'When Marnie Was There' The legacy of one of the most beloved animation houses in cinema history might be a bit too weighty for the delicately rendered fable “When Marnie Was There,” but apart... Read More
What to do in Oklahoma on July 22, 2015: See the Lyric Theatre's 'Big Fish' at Oklahoma City Civic Center
Today's featured event: See Lyric Theatre's production of "Big Fish,"  a new musical based on Tim Burton's Oscar-nominated 2003 film and Daniel Wallace's 1998 novel, at 7:30 p.m. today and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. My fine colleague... Read More
Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' is a bit of a disappointment
Ken Raymond: Most critics, national and local, agree that it’s a pale reflection of Harper Lee’s Great American Novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but opinions differ on how good or bad it is. That’s a sliding scale; there’s plenty of space between those two extremes. Read More
Forget about Atticus. Let's talk about Scout.
Ken Raymond: Review of Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman'. Read More
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Book review: “The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Cost and Boost Profits” by Zeynep Ton (New Harvest, 240 pages, online stores)
Sam Walton, of Kingfisher, and Chester Cadieux, of Tulsa, both started incredible retail chain stores that are featured in “The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Cost and Boost Profits,” a book by Zeynep Ton about opposite examples of places to work. Read More
Poll: Will you read Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman'?
The new Harper Lee novel 'Go Set a Watchman,' which was returned to Lee in manuscript form in the late 1950s and from which she crafted 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' was released in stores Tuesday. Will you read the new book? Do you think it should ever have seen the light of day? Can it be considered a sequel to 'To... Read More


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