Harry Potter, in stores Tuesday, Oct. 6
A couple weeks ago, I let you know about a new illustrated version of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
The version features drawings or paintings by Jim Kay, who was handpicked by Potter creator J.K. Rowling. She had this to say in a news release:
"Seeing Jim Kay's illustrations moved me profoundly. I... Read More
Joe Hill's Locke & Key gets audio release
Fans of Joe Hill's series of graphic novels, "Locke & Key," may have thus far been disappointed by the lack of progress on a motion picture. However, one cool other-media adaptation of the horror story is now available, and even cooler, it's free for early adopters. Today, Oct. 5, Audible Studios... Read More
Is self-publishing the new black?
As an author, Jordan Dane, a former energy sales manager in Oklahoma, has had experience with publishing houses as well as self-publishing. She compares the benefits of self-publishing to what a traditional publisher might offer. Read More
Sign up for book discussion group
Oklahoma City University has hosted a book discussion series for years now. It's called "Let's Talk About It," and the next session will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in OCU's Walker Center, room 151.
Attendees will discuss Billie Letts' book, "Where the Heart Is."
An OCU news release spells out the details:... Read More
Upcoming writers' retreat in Stroud
Time is running out, so I just want to get this information to you as fast as possible. The following is a news release about a rapidly approaching children's writers event in Stroud.
Local writers and artists will have the opportunity to further develop their craft at an upcoming two-day... Read More
Alas, poor Morrissey
People seem to love Morrissey or hate him.
I can't say I care much about what he says or does when he's not on stage or in a recording studio, but when it comes to his music, count me in the "love" category. He's been my favorite vocalist since the Smiths, featuring Morrissey and all-time great guitarist Johnny... Read More
Author Lemony Snicket Will Give $1 Million to Planned Parenthood
On the eve of Tuesday's hearings, the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events and his wife promised to donate $1 million to Planned Parenthood, BuzzFeed News reported.
Daniel Handler, better known by his pen name Lemony Snicket (and for that unfortunate joke he made a year ago), and his wife and... Read More
On special week, Oklahoma libraries highlight challenged, banned books
“Everyone has a right to their opinions,” Oklahoma's Metropolitan Library System communication director Kim Terry said. “Throughout our history we’ve had a lot of people who have had differences of opinions. Some people feel very strongly that certain books shouldn’t be in the library. But the library is here to... Read More
Banned Books Week: Most challenged books of 2014
The American Library Association compiles a list each year of the most challenged books from libraries and schools across the country. The top 10 from last year mostly young adult fiction. The top ten most frequently challenged books of 2014 include:
1) The Absolutely True... Read More
Banned Books Week: Five challenged works
Banned Books Week is being marked this week at libraries everywhere. The week serves to highlight the value of freedom of expression through books and other materials. But things haven't always been so uncontroversial. Americans have a long history of disagreements on what should be allowed in a school or public... Read More
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