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).

  • "Ready Player One" author returns with sci-fi novel "Armada"

    Ken Raymond | Updated: 7 hr ago

    "Armada" by Ernest Cline (Crown, 368 pages, in stores) Ernest Cline is an easy writer to like, especially if your tastes run to video games and classic science fiction novels, movies and television shows. Cline describes himself as, among other things, a "full-time geek," and that label, while entirely appropriate, is by no means a bad thing. Cline wrote the screenplay for 2009's "Fanboys," a surprisingly heartfelt comedy about "Star Wars" fans making their way to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in the hope that a dying member of their group will be able to see "The Phantom Menace" before its official release. (If any of that doesn't make sense to you, then you will be lost reading his books.

  • Purely Subjective: Farewell to my redneck kin

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Ken Raymond: Looking back on a life lived loudly.

  • Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' is a bit of a disappointment

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Ken Raymond: Most critics, national and local, agree that it’s a pale reflection of Harper Lee’s Great American Novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but opinions differ on how good or bad it is. That’s a sliding scale; there’s plenty of space between those two extremes.

  • Forget about Atticus. Let's talk about Scout.

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor | Updated: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Ken Raymond: Review of Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman'.

  • Harper Lee events scheduled

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor | Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Local book stores will celebrate the release of “Go Set a Watchman” with Harper Lee-themed events. All Barnes & Noble stores will host a “To Kill a Mockingbird” read-a-thon from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. Contact your local store for information on how to participate. Barnes & Noble shops will open early at 7 a.m. Tuesday so people can get their hands on the book right away. Customers who present a valid Barnes & Noble receipt for “Watchman” between 7 and 10 a.m. will receive a free, tall, hot coffee. Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City isn’t planning anything significant to mark the event, but a worker there said they expect a busy day because so many people pre-ordered the novel.

  • UPDATE: Chapter one of Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' made available

    By Ken Raymond | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    The first chapter of Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" was made available today on the websites of the Wall Street Journal and The Guardian newspapers.  The chapter is promising.  I had feared that this prequel-sequel (a version of "Watchman" was written before "To Kill a Mockingbird," but the events in "Watchman" take place years after those in "Mockingbird") wouldn't live up to the hype. It still may not, but the introductory chapter, at least, contains Lee's comfortable, welcoming prose, with phrasing and pacing that instantly seem familiar. It has the confidence of good literature and a comforting simplicity of language. Jean Louise Finch, whom we remember best as Scout, is a much different

  • New release from a King

    Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    If you can’t wait to get your hands on horror writer Stephen King’s latest work, you’re going to have to read with your ears.

  • Ponca City teens embark on cross-country contest

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    Buckle up, because the Great Race is about to begin. On Saturday, three Ponca City teenagers and an adult driver will start out near St. Louis, Mo., and head toward the Santa Monica Pier in California. Joining them will be a pack of other competitors. But this isn’t a typical race. All the vehicles were created in 1972 or earlier, and none of the drivers have a map to guide them to their destination. Instead, each team will be provided with turn-by-turn directions before setting out each morning. The directions indicate which landmarks to turn at and how fast cars must drive during each segment of the race. Miss a turn, and your team may be out of contention for the $50,000 prize at the end of the road.

  • Authors discover history of slave who survived the Alamo

    By Ken Raymond

    Book Editor

    | Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Most Americans have a general idea of what happened at the Alamo in 1936. Mexican troops under the command of President Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna essentially surrounded the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. After a 13-day siege, the Mexican forces overwhelmed their vastly outnumbered counterparts and killed them all. The slaughter became the defining moment of the Texas Revolution, and today we still urge each other to “Remember the Alamo.” But how do we really know what happened there? Largely it was through the testimony of a slave, whose account was reported in newspaper articles and court records. His name was Joe, and until now, not much of his history has been known. Ron J.

  • Oklahoma authors discover history of slave who survived the Alamo

    By Ken Raymond

    Book Editor

    | Published: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    Book offers insights into famous battle.

  • Book notes: Suzan Shown Harjo, Tash Smith and Flannery O'Connor

    Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    American Indian advocate to speak in Oklahoma City; St. Gregory’s University assistant professor wins award; Southern Gothic writer to adorn new Forever stamp.

  • Oklahoma book notes: Meet 'Bachelor' host Chris Harrison, 'Hank the Cowdog' author John Erickson

    Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Chris Harrison will debut his first novel, “The Perfect Letter,” at two events in metro Oklahoma City. John Erickson will perform at the Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children’s Cowboy Festival.

  • Superheroes who failed

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Forget Thor, Iron Man, Batman and Superman. Jon Morris’ upcoming book shares the stories of obscure superheroes you probably don’t know.

  • Holly Bailey discusses her book about the May 20, 2013, Moore tornado

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, May 10, 2015

    Author Holly Bailey, an Oklahoma native, discusses her book, “The Mercy of the Sky,” about the May 20, 2013, Moore tornado.

  • 'The Mercy of the Sky' focuses on the May 20, 2013 Moore tornado.

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, May 10, 2015

    “The Mercy of the Sky” by Holly Bailey recounts in compelling detail the deadly events of May 20, 2013.

  • Oklahoma native and Olympian Shannon Miller writes memoir about gymnastics, cancer battle

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Edmond native Shannon Miller adds author to her impressive list of accomplishments.

  • Oklahoma book signings

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Book signings

  • Spotlight: 'A Season on the Brink'

    Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    A look back at a perfectly timed basketball book that’s almost as good now as it was in 1986.

  • Book notes

    Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Items of interest to readers

  • Thoughts on Sir Terry Pratchett's death

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

    The Discworld author died March 12.