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).

  • Book review: 'The Bone Labyrinth' by James Rollins

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    James Rollins’ latest novel, “The Bone Labyrinth,” which incorporates all the flaws of its progenitors but is a mostly enjoyable, if forgettable, action movie of a book.

  • Book signings

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    For weeks, a book about an unsolved slaying from 1970 has earned space on the Oklahoma best-sellers list, which is based on sales at three independent bookstores. "Footprints in the Dew: Damon 'Chub' Anderson and the Unsolved Mullendore Murder" investigates the death of rancher E.C. Mullendore III, heir to the sprawling 300,000-acre Cross Bell Ranch in Osage County. Author Dale R. Lewis, whose background includes work in private investigations and security, spent nine years researching the book, which is based largely on extensive interviews with Anderson, who died in 2010. Anderson was in the house with Mullendore at the time of his death and suffered a gunshot wound. While there was suspicion that Anderson was the

  • 'The Godfather' trilogy goes on the auction block

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    A 45-box archive including 10 books, nine screenplays and the handwritten novel and script work for 'The Godfather' is about to go up for auction through Boston-based RR Auction. Mario Puzo authored the novels that "The Godfather" films were based on. He worked extensively with director Francis Ford Coppola on adapting the books into movies. The collection includes "thousands of pages, notes, and drafts, of a multitude of versions of both the novel manuscript and the film screenplay that sheds light on never-before-released information regarding Puzo's character, scene, and dialogue development," according to a news release. Among the highlights: -- A letter written, but perhaps never sent, to Marlon Brando

  • Book signings

    Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    BEST OF BOOKS, 1313 E Danforth Rd., Edmond Tom Watson will speak about the newest book in his “Stick Dog” series, “Stick Dog Tries to Take the Donuts,” beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The children's books focus on “an adventurous and mischievous dog and his crazy canine crew,” according to the Best of Books website. HALF-PRICE BOOKS, 1159 E 2nd St., Edmond Local author “Buffalo” Dale Lewis will sell and sign copies of his true crime book, “Footprints in the Dew: Damon ‘Chub' Anderson and the Unsolved Mullendore Murder,” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. He also will sign the book at one of the store's Oklahoma City locations, 1449 W I-240 Service Rd, from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan 31.

  • Purely Subjective: Be careful what you wish for

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor | Updated: Sun, Jan 17, 2016

    Ken Raymond writes about an elementary school assignment to write down what he'd ask for if he had three wishes.

  • Giving unconventional horror novels a try

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor | Published: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    Those who enjoy books by David Wong, Ernest Cline and even Neil Gaiman may find much to like in "Blue Eel", and if the ending isn’t entirely satisfying, it’s at least surprising.

  • Book turns chapters into homework

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor | Published: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    Most readers will find Kim Newman's whimsical gothic horror novel a bit of a chore.

  • 2015: The year in quotes

    Compiled by Ken Raymond Book Editor | Updated: Sun, Jan 3, 2016

    2015: The year in quotes from Oklahoma newsmakers.

  • The top of the stack: As we close the book on 2015, here’s a look at several favorites from reviewers at The Oklahoman

    By Dennie Hall, Betty Lytle, Amy Raymond and Ken Raymond Book reviewers | Published: Sun, Dec 27, 2015

    We always want to qualify lists like this one by pointing out two of the most amazing statistics associated with the book industry. According to Forbes magazine, 600,000 to 1 million new book titles are published in the U.S. each year. But here's the sobering part: On average, those books sell 250 copies each. That means for every runaway best-seller, there are hundreds of books that sell one or two copies, if that. It says something about the human spirit that, despite the odds, so many new authors spring up each year. People have something to say, and they're determined to say it.

  • Purely subjective: Coming home for Christmas

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor | Published: Thu, Dec 24, 2015

    For Oklahoman columnist Ken Raymond, this Christmas will be more special. His niece is coming for a visit, and his two families will merge.

  • Last-minute book gift ideas

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor | Updated: Sat, Dec 19, 2015

    Last-minute book gift ideas from Ken Raymond, book editor for The Oklahoman.

  • Great book gifts for children

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor | Published: Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    The Oklahoman's book editor Ken Raymond offers suggestions that he says would be ideal books to give children as Christmas gifts.

  • Book signings in Oklahoma

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor | Published: Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    Book signings in Oklahoma.

  • Christmas books for you and your loved ones

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    Each year brings a bounty of new stories about the holidays. Ken Raymond, book editor for The Oklahoman, highlights some that would make great gifts.

  • Best of Books gets a do-over

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    Oklahoma best-selling authors Mike Turpen, Tim Washburn, Gwendolyn Hooks and Gary Conrad, along with musician Philip West, will be at Best of Books on Saturday for an event called "Power of ... Books Saturday." The writers and musician spent last Saturday at the Edmond bookstore, 1313 E Danforth Rd. The ice storm knocked out power to the store, though, and many customers likely thought its doors were shuttered or the roads were too dangerous. So this week is a do-over. Some of the authors who committed to appearances at the store last week cannot attend this week, but those who remain have proven popular with readers. Conrad writes mysteries. Hooks is a children's author.

  • Book signings

    Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Book signings from around the metro area.

  • The gift with a magical fit for almost anyone

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    The Oklahoman's book editor, Ken Raymond, suggests a dozen books worth giving.

  • Hank Bowen, Giving more than thanks

    Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Retiree helps at many places, including OU Medical Center, because so many people helped him and his wife when she had cancer.

  • Judy Howard, Giving more than thanks

    Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Quilt shop owner and author has given away quilts in exchange for donations to various nonprofits.

  • German Gallardo, Giving more than thanks

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Student volunteer kept helping elementary-age kids at library after he fulfilled a school requirement.