• ‘Dune’ at 50: Frank Herbert’s sci-fi masterpiece

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Nearly lost amid the hubbub over Harper Lee’s new book is the 50th anniversary of perhaps the best science fiction novel ever written. That book is “Dune,” and it’s rarely seemed more prescient than it does now.

  • Best-selling books in Oklahoma

    Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Best-selling books in Oklahoma and the U.S.

  • OCU professor discusses why Harper Lee matters

    By Robert Roensch For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    It seems like something that could only happen in a novel. A first-time author publishes a book that is not only a huge success, but is also made into a movie that is a huge success. The novel’s characters become part of the national imagination. But a second book never comes. Instead, the author shuns celebrity for a life of semi-seclusion in a small town. It’s hard to understand: Why would a writer with such obvious gifts lay down her pen? And then, long after all hope had been lost, a new novel. It seems impossible. Nevertheless, the story is true: Harper Lee, author of the 1960 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will be releasing her second novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” on Tuesday, more than 50 years

  • Harper Lee events scheduled

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | 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.

  • Despite stormy weather, musicians at 18th WoodyFest play on in Okemah

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Musicians and fans are gathering in Okemah for the 18th annual WoodyFest music festival, paying tribute to native Woody Guthrie.

  • Plaza District Festival shares open call for artists, performers, vendors

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    The Plaza District Association is accepting applications for participation in the 2015 Plaza District Festival scheduled fopr Sept. 26. This call is open to local musicians and visual, performing and culinary artists wishing to show their talent at the annual street party.

  • Live Nation partnership to spotlight entertainment at Bricktown venue

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Live Nation, the world’s largest live entertainment company, is set to be a partner in operating the Criterion music hall being built in Oklahoma City's Bricktown area.

  • deadCenter Film Festival searches for new director amid rebranding

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    The deadCenter Film Festival announced Tuesday it is rebranding to the deadCenter Film Institute. Along with the name change and focus shift, the festival began searching for a new executive director.

  • Trout Fishing in America to headline free music festival

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writernpoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    The Grammy-nominated Arkansas folk duo Trout Fishing in America will headline the third rendition of Wiggle Out Loud, Oklahoma City's only free, outdoor family music festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at Bicentennial Park, 500 Couch Drive.

  • Vonnegut gets a new voice

    By Amy Raymond Senior News Editor araymond@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Audiobook review: “Breakfast of Champions” by Kurt Vonnegut, narrated by John Malkovich (Audible, 6 hours, 27 minutes, available online)

  • Second illegal strip club in Oklahoma City closes

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    A second illegal Oklahoma City strip club has shut down. The closure last month of Amanda’s Place is the latest success in Oklahoma City’s crackdown on clubs that have long offered adult entertainment without proper permits. The city ticketed the club’s owner, Roger F. Fowler Jr., twice after an undercover code inspector reported observing “adult entertainment activity being performed at the location” in April. The city also ticketed the club’s landlord twice. Amanda’s Place has operated as a strip club for years at 3304 SW 29, just west of Interstate 44, even though it is near neighborhoods and a city park, records show.

  • Cronenberg pens novel as oblique as his movies

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Book review: “Consumed” by David Cronenberg (Scribner, 321 pages, in stores)

  • PBS special, events in Oklahoma herald ‘Watchman’

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Oklahoma City’s PBS station, OETA, will air “Harper Lee: American Masters” from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Edmond businesses Best of Books and Bayou Grill & Bakery will host a special Southern dinner inspired by the food in “Mockingbird” July 14.

  • Oklahoma Book signings

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Oklahoma Book signings

  • Oklahoma best-sellers

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Best-sellers in Oklahoma

  • Handwritten copy of Declaration of Independence will go on weekend display at Gilcrease Museum

    By Leilah Naifeh Staff Writer lnaifeh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    In conjunction with the July Fourth holiday, the Gilcrease Museum on Friday through Sunday will display a handwritten copy of The Declaration of Independence.

  • Book review: “Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread” by Chuck Palahniuk

    By Jim Basile for The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Book review: “Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread” by Chuck Palahniuk

  • Oklahoma best-sellers

    Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Best-selling books in Oklahoma.

  • Book review: “Miss Jessie’s: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally” by Miko Branch

    Terri Schlichenmeyer for The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Business know-how from scratch

  • 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.