Ken Raymond
Features Book Editor

Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2011, his feature story on a traveling sideshow won first place in its category in the national Society for Features Journalism competition. In 2013, he won the Sweepstakes Award for best story in the Associated Press/Oklahoma News Executives contest.

A longtime crime and news reporter, he joined the Life staff in January 2011 and was named book editor in 2013.

He lives in Edmond with his wife, Amy, who also works at The Oklahoman, and four dogs (three Italian greyhounds and a Chihuahua).

  • Thoughts on Sir Terry Pratchett's death

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The Discworld author died March 12.

  • Tulsa author takes readers on a culinary trip around the world

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Sasha Martin of Tulsa is a chef, blogger and now author of a memoir that includes recipes and takes readers on a culinary tour of the world.

  • Oklahoma octogenarians' romance 'is an October rose'

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Updated: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Mona Long, 81, and Bob Aldridge, 83, of Oklahoma City, have written a book about their late-life romance.

  • Book signings

    Published: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Book signings

  • Philip F. Anschutz publishes book on 50 entrepreneurs who shaped the West

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    “Out Where the West Begins” explores how businessmen drove the development of the western U.S.

  • Book review: 'Sick Simon' by Dan Krall

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Disgustingly awesome children’s book helps teach children how to prevent spreading germs.

  • Book review: 'Spark' by John Twelve Hawks

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Dystopian novelist John Twelve Hawks returns with a thrilling page-turner, “Spark,” his first novel since his acclaimed Fourth Realm trilogy.

  • Going home: Oklahoman writer tries to wind his way back home.

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    This house on the hilltop can’t be the one I remember. That house was old and ugly. Its roof looked like a hobo’s jacket, precariously held together with layer upon layer of patches in varying shades of green. No one ever stripped off the old tar paper, just added new levels, stacking them up like lasagna noodles until the paper was at least two inches deep. That house had mint green stucco walls and darker green trim, colors chosen not out of design considerations but for their clearance sale price. This wooden porch should be constructed of warped gray boards so weakened by age that a few times a year one will collapse under the weight of a heel.

  • Oklahoman quotes of the year

    Compiled by Book Editor Ken Raymond, | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    The Oklahoman looks back at some of the best quotes of 2014.

  • Book review: 'Get Plucky with the Ukulele' by Will Grove-White

    BY KEN RAYMOND, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Fun, relaxing instructional guide to one of the world’s most plucky instruments.

  • Oklahomans cherish Christmas photos from the past

    Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Perhaps more than any other holiday, Christmas fills us with nostalgia — and unabashedly so. Children today watch many of the same holiday specials we did as children. They hear modern Christmas carols but also those by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Burl Ives and Eartha Kitt. Some of the ornaments they hang on trees date back to their grandparents or great-grandparents, and each family’s traditions are built on events long gone. Nothing sweetens a memory more than time, and on no other day than Christmas does the past so welcomely intrude upon the present. That’s where photographs come in.

  • Books: Give the gift of words this Christmas

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Books are some of the best holiday gifts.

  • Book signings

    Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Weekly book signings

  • Oklahoma City University professor born in Hitler's Germany pens memoir

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

    OCU Professor Emeritus Christiane Brandt Faris wrote “ ‘The Nicest Nazi:’ Childhood Memories of World War II,” in part, to show how Germans also suffered under Hitler’s regime.

  • Don't read these at night: Oklahoman reviewers' picks for scariest books

    BY KEN RAYMOND, Book Editor | Updated: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Oklahoman staffers and book reviewers name the scariest books of all time.

  • Oklahoma author explores Norman's ghostly past

    BY KEN RAYMOND, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Oklahoma author Jeff Provine explores Norman’s ghostly past in his new book, “Haunted Norman Oklahoma.”

  • Book signings

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Weekly book signings