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“The Living Room with Gerry Bonds:” Books in the spotlight for December program

Melissa Hayer Modified: April 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm •  Published: November 28, 2012
From left, Jay Wilkinson, Carolyn Hart and Gerry Bonds - Photo Provided
From left, Jay Wilkinson, Carolyn Hart and Gerry Bonds - Photo Provided


Books are the featured topic of the December edition of the radio program “The Living Room with Gerry Bonds.”

First segment guests of the program are Oklahoma authors Carolyn Hart and Jay Wilkinson.

Mystery writer Hart will be sharing information on her latest book set in Oklahoma, “What the Cat Saw.” Hart’s 50th novel will be published this spring.

Wilkinson, son of legendary OU football coach Bud Wilkinson, discusses his book “Dear Jay, Love Dad,” which is a collection of letters his father wrote to him during a six-year period in the ’60s, according to a news release.

The authors also talk about the process of producing a book, challenges facing writers today and what they foresee in the upcoming future for the publishing world.

Second segment guests are Steve Lackmeyer, author and veteran reporter for The Oklahoman, and Jim Tolbert, civic leader, Full Circle Bookstore owner and Full Circle Press founder.

“Operation Scissortail,” a new book that chronicles the rise of the Devon Tower in Oklahoma City, is the main topic of their discussion. Lackmeyer wrote the book with Jack Money, while Tolbert was the publisher.

Topics including the shrinking publishing world, the mission to sustain the independent bookstore and the differences between the physical book and the electronic book are also touched on by the pair.

In addition, Oklahoma Poet Laureate Eddie Wilcoxen reads an excerpt from his poem “Cheshire Moon,” which is from his book “Oklahoma Proud.”

This installment of “The Living Room with Gerry Bonds” airs at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 and encores at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 on KOSU (91.7 & 107.5) public radio.

The program can also be found on the show’s website at

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From left, Steve Lackmeyer and Jim Tolbert. -  Photo Provided
From left, Steve Lackmeyer and Jim Tolbert. - Photo Provided


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