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Pioneer Library System's Big Read kicks off in Norman

Big Read, a reading initiative sponsored by the Pioneer Library System, began with a meet-the-authors event in Norman and will continue with a panel discussion in Moore and visits by Tobias Wolff to Shawnee and Norman.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: April 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm •  Published: April 3, 2013

— The Pioneer Library System has announced finalists in a short-story writing contest based on this year's Big Read selection, “Old School” by Tobias Wolff.

Finalists in the high school division are Carrie O'Quinn, 18, Moore; Madolyn Phillips, 16, Norman; and Laura Smith, 17, Moore. Finalists in the college division are Matt Baker, of Rowley, Mass.; Andrea Johnson, Shawnee; and Andrew Wright, of Chiayi, Taiwan. All are students at Oklahoma Baptist University.

The Big Read campaign began March 27 with an informal “meet-the-author” event at the Oklahoma Memorial Union that featured 11 Oklahoma authors.

The reading campaign will continue at 7 p.m. April 10 with a panel discussion at the Old School Auditorium at the Old School Business Center in Moore.

Winners of the short-story contest will be announced at the panel discussion, which will be moderated by best-selling author William Bernhardt.

Panelists will be Tom Boyd, David Ross Boyd professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Oklahoma; Bill Hagen, retired OBU English professor; Joe Foote, dean of the Gaylord College of Journalism at OU; and Robert A. French, a local attorney specializing in intellectual property rights.

The group will discuss the impact and significance of Wolff's novel set at a boarding school in the northeastern United States in the 1960s.

As part of the Big Read campaign, Wolff will make public appearances at 11 a.m. April 25 at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee and at 7 p.m. April 25 at Longfellow Middle School in Norman.

Winners of the short-story contest will get to meet Wolff at a private reception coinciding with his visit.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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