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Local Author Events
Library Author Events
Ransom Riggs
Monday, January 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Hardesty Regional Library, Connor's Cove
Riggs is the author of the wildly popular novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  His next book, Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Children is due out on January 14.  A book signing will follow and books will be available for purchase.
Susan L. Taylor
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m., Rudisill Regional Library
Award-winning journalist, community activist and entrepreneur, Susan L. Taylor, will accept the Sankofa Freedom Award. Taylor was the longtime editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine where she wrote the monthly inspirational column "In the Spirit."  Her essays have been collected in three best-selling volumes, In the Spirit: The Inspirational Writing of Susan L. Taylor, Lessons in Living, and All About Love, Favorite Selections from In the Spirit on Living Fearlessly.
Rilla Askew
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Peggy Helmerich Library
Award-winning author Rilla Askew will join readers in a discussion of her novel Kind of Kin.  Askew expertly balances heartache with humor in this moving portrait of a family of faith and moral conscience shattered by a divisive new immigration law.  Set in Askew's home state of Oklahoma, this timely novel navigates the themes of family, community, and religion and examies how these issues must remain central to the illegal immigration debate today. 


Community Author Events
Dr. Andrew Jolivette
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 11:00 a.m., TCC Northeast Campus Seminar Center
An informal discussion with Dr. Jolivette and Tommy Chesbro.  Dr. Jolivette is Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies, and affiliated faculty member in Educational Leadership, and Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University.  He is the author of Obama and the Biracial Factor: The Battle for a new American Majority, Cultural Representation in Native America, and other books.
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m., TCC Metro Campus
Dr. Jolivette will deliver a talk on Public health and the Medical Industrial Complex: Preventative Care and Community Wellness as a Human Right.
Reyna Grande 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7:00 p.m., TCC Northeast Campus, Auditorium
Grande came into the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant when she was ten years old.  She is the author of the novel Across a Hundred Mountains, which received an American Book Award, a Latino Books Into Movies Award, and the El Premio Axtlan Literary Award.  Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies, received an International Latino Book Award.  The Distance Between Us, her memoir published in 2012, is a National Book Circle Critics Award finalist.  She will deliver a talk entitled, Crossing Mountains: A Journey from Undocumented Immigrant to Award-Winning Author.
Alix Olson
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 11:00 a.m., TCC Northeast Campus, Seminar Center
Olson is an international touring spoken word artist-activist.  Her team won the National Poetry Slam in 1998.  Since then she coauthored Burning Down the House, produced two spoken-word albums and the award-winning documentary Left Lane and edited Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution.  She will conduct a poetry workshop.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7:00 pm., TCC Southeast Campus, Black Box Theater, PACE
Olson will perform.  The performance is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.  They can be reserved by calling 918-595-7777. 
Kathryn Stockett
Thursday, March 27, 7:00 p.m., Tulsa PAC-Chapman Music Hall
The Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa presents "An Evening with Kathryn Stockett."  The bestselling author of The Help will be sharing insights about her work, answering your questions, and autographing books.  Tickets are $10 plus handling charges, and may be purchased online at myticketoffice.com or in person at the Tulsa PAC box office.  For phone orders call 918-596-7111.  Students, teachers, and Center members are eligible for discount rates.
Related Books
Never let me go - Kazuo Ishiguro
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/12/2005
Share Never let me go ISBN-13: 9781400043392
ISBN-10: 1400043395
A reunion with two childhood friends--Ruth and Tommy--draws Kath and her companions on a nostalgic odyssey into the supposedly idyllic years of their lives at Hailsham, an isolated private school in the serene English countryside, and a dramatic confrontation with the truth about their childhoods and about their lives in the present. 100,000 first printing.
Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children - Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 06/04/2013
Share Miss Peregrine ISBN-13: 9781594746031
ISBN-10: 1594746036
After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
Lessons in living - Susan L. Taylor
Publisher: Anchor Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/01/1998
Share Lessons in living ISBN-13: 9780385483797
ISBN-10: 0385483791
A best-seller by the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine and the author of its "In the Spirit" column offers optimistic, inspirational, and spiritual reflections on such topics as self-empowerment, love, self-esteem, and faith. Reprint.
Kind of kin - Rilla Askew
Publisher: Ecco
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/08/2013
Share Kind of kin ISBN-13: 9780062198792
ISBN-10: 0062198793
When her father is tossed in jail for hiding a barn full of Mexicans, her 10-year-old nephew disappears, and her son comes home, bringing a world of trouble with him, Sweet is driven to desperate actions to fix things, which tests her family, friends and neighbors in unexpected ways. 50,000 first printing.
Obama and the Biracial Factor : The Battle for a New American Majority - Andrew J. Jolivette
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/15/2012
Share Obama and the Biracial Factor %3a  The Battle for a New American Majority ISBN-13: 9781447301004
ISBN-10: 1447301005
The distance between us : a memoir - Reyna Grande
Publisher: Atria Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/12/2013
Share The distance between us %3a  a memoir ISBN-13: 9781451661781
ISBN-10: 1451661789
Traces the author's experiences as an illegal child immigrant, describing her father's violent alcoholism, her efforts to obtain a higher education, and the inspiration of Latina authors.
The help - Kathryn Stockett
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/10/2009
Share The help ISBN-13: 9780399155345
ISBN-10: 0399155341
Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project against a backdrop of the budding civil rights era. 100,000 first printing.
Word warriors : 35 women leaders in the spoken word revolution - Alix Olson
Publisher: Seal Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/28/2007
Share Word warriors %3a  35 women leaders in the spoken word revolution ISBN-13: 9781580052214
ISBN-10: 1580052215
Collects the work of a variety of female spoken word artists, including Patricia Smith, Eileen Myles, Sarah Jones, Suheir Hammad, Staceyann Chin, and Michelle Tea.
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