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Big Read to feature Oklahoma authors in Norman kickoff

The 2013 Big Read event sponsored by the Pioneer Library System will begin Wednesday in Norman with a visit from 11 Oklahoma authors.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: March 25, 2013

The Pioneer Library System's Big Read will kick off Wednesday with visits from 11 Oklahoma authors.

Authors will meet and informally discuss their works with visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. in Beaird Lounge at the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Now in its seventh year, the Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Midwest, and is designed to give readers an opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their community. The event also is designed to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Big Read 2013 is focused on the novel “Old School” by Tobias Wolff, which looks at the relationships and challenges of a group of teenagers at a boarding school in the northeastern United States in the early 1960s. Students are competing in a writing contest for a chance to meet a famous author, and the storyline centers on rules some of them break in trying to win.

The 11 authors at Wednesday's free event will be in a setting similar to a scene presented in “Old School,” spokesman Christian Potts said. People can walk around the room and visit informally with each of the writers.

Entertainment will be provided by the University of Oklahoma group BYDX A Capella.

Participating authors are B. Kent Anderson, 2006 Oklahoma Book Award winner for fiction and author of four thrillers and historical fiction; Rilla Askew, 2011 Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the Oklahoma Center for the Book; William Bernhardt, two-time Oklahoma Book Award winner with more than 10 million book sales worldwide; and Nathan Brown, 2013 Oklahoma poet laureate and author of eight books.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
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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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