Ken Raymond
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).

Top Stories


  • A conversation with author Ian Doescher, who turned “Star Wars” into an Elizabethan drama.

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Ian Doescher wrote three “Star Wars” and Shakespeare mash-ups in two years, making his way onto the best-seller lists. He will speak and sign books on Sunday, July 20, in Tulsa.

  • Author David Sedaris talks about writing, elves and Billie Holiday

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Updated: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    David Sedaris, arguably the funniest essayist of his generation, is coming to Oklahoma City this week. He discussed writing, elves and Billie Holiday with The Oklahoman.

  • Book signings

    Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    Book signings

  • Tolkien's 'Beowulf' battles critics

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Updated: Fri, May 30, 2014

    “Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien’s translation of the Old English epic poem “Beowulf” has been published for the first time — nearly 90 years after he completed it.

  • Carolyn Hart receives Grand Master honors

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Updated: Fri, May 16, 2014

    Oklahoma City native Carolyn Hart, a prolific mystery and suspense novelist, was honored recently as a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.

  • Upon its debut, 'Grapes' fermented wrath

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Updated: Sun, May 4, 2014

    Seventy-five years ago, John Steinbeck’s masterpiece “The Grapes of Wrath” faced criticism from many sides. It survived that crucible of controversy to become one of America’s most revered and studied novels.

  • Best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, 3 others, to speak in Edmond

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Updated: Sun, May 4, 2014

    Kelley Armstrong, Kiera Cass, Kimberly Derting and Danielle Paige will speak Wednesday at Best of Books. Armstrong spoke with The Oklahoman last week about her work and new book.

  • Pulitzer win brings excitement, laughter and tears

    BY KEN RAYMOND, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Winner’s father, who lives in Edmond, recalls emotional scene as family learned of the victory.

  • Oklahoma City native Dan Fagin wins Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Bishop McGuinness graduate wins Pulitzer for his book, “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation.”

  • 'Suspense Queen' Mary Higgins Clark launches new book

    BY KEN RAYMOND, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Mary Higgins Clark talks about her early years, fame and her brand new book.

  • Q&A with President Jimmy Carter

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    The 39th president discusses issues related to his latest book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.”

  • Author Austin Kleon says best way to get ahead is to share

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    Best-selling poet and writer Austin Kleon’s newest book encourages readers to share their creativity.

  • Oklahoma native proves memoir-writing isn't simple

    BY KEN RAYMOND, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    Oklahoma native Blake Bailey is famous for his literary biographies. Now, with the publication of his memoir, the rest of his family is famous, too.

  • Book review: 'The Splendid Things We Planned' by Blake Bailey

    KEN RAYMOND, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    Oklahoma native Blake Bailey pens first memoir.

  • Children's book conference coming to Oklahoma City

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor kraymond@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Mar 2, 2014

    Children's book conference will be Saturday, March 29.

  • Minimalism brings maximum satisfaction

    BY KEN RAYMOND kraymond@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Feb 23, 2014

    Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, better known as The Minimalists, will talk about surrendering possessions and maximizing relationships this week at Full Circle Bookstore.

  • Did you know? Black authors' 'Power List'

    | Updated: Sun, Feb 23, 2014

    Did you know? ‘Power list' The three leading websites promoting black authors joined together last year to create the Power List (www.powerlist.info), a site offering quarterly lists of significant works by black writers in hardback fiction, hardback nonfiction, paperback nonfiction and paperback fiction categories. Heading the current lists, respectively, are Terry McMillan's “Who Asked You?”; Wil Haygood's “The Butler: A Witness to History”; Solomon Northup's “Twelve Years a Slave”; and K'Wan's “Animal 2: The Omen.” The Power List was the brainchild of Troy Johnson, president of aalbc.com. He is joined in the venture by Ron Kavanaugh of mosaicbooks.com and the management of cushcity.com.

  • Black History Month: Black authors face new challenges

    BY KEN RAYMOND kraymond@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Feb 23, 2014

    Black authors in America face obstacles to success.

  • Sherlock Holmes real or made-up? The answer's not elementary.

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor kraymond@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Feb 8, 2014

    Polls show Sherlock Holmes is often considered a real historical figure.

  • Spotlight: 'Raise the Titanic' by Clive Cussler

    Updated: Sat, Feb 1, 2014

    Even if you're not a fan of adventure fiction, you should give Cussler's fourth novel a try.