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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • "Pete the Cat" author to visit Oklahoma libraries

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    No. 1 New York Times best-selling children's author Eric Litwin will perform three times in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area next week. Litwin is the author of "Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes" and its three sequels. He has also written the new musical series "The Nuts." He will perform at two libraries: — 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa. — 12:45 and 1:45 p.m. at Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S Walker Ave. "We're excited to have Eric visit our libraries," Kristin Williamson, children's outreach coordinator, said in a news release. "His program is a combination of interactive storytelling and music.

  • Purely subjective: Autumns past

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    The Oklahoman columnist Ken Raymond writes about his memories of autumns past, a close friend and his father.

  • Book review: 'Doctor Who: City of Death' by James Goss and Douglas Adams

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor | Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Tale traveled through space & time.

  • Book signings in Oklahoma

    Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Book signings in Oklahoma

  • Book review: 'Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits' by David Wong

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor | Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Fans of David Wong’s previous novels — “John Dies at the End” and “This Book Is Full of Spiders” — will find much to love about his new stand-alone novel, “Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits,” which is set about 20 or 30 years from now.

  • Book review: 'The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories' by Stephen King

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor | Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Over all, “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” is a richly realized examination of what it means to be mortal, constructed by one of the world’s most celebrated talents. Stephen King has spent a lifetime imagining what hides in the darkness; now he’s mature enough to know it doesn’t take a monster to create despair.

  • Oklahoma book signings

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Book signings in Oklahoma

  • Video: 'If the Fence Could Talk'

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    After the Oklahoma City bombing, a chain link fence was stretched around two city blocks, sealing off the perimeter of the disaster site. No one knew then that the fence would become one of the tragedy's enduring symbols of humanity and hope. A section of that fence remains at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, incorporated permanently into the site honoring the victims, heroes and survivors. From the start, visitors have left personal items on the fence: stuffed animals, photographs, greeting cards, letters, pins and more. The tributes have never stopped. Author Brad Robison, who has volunteered at the memorial since 1997, and illustrator Margaret Hoge, a teacher at Heritage Hall, teamed up to write a

  • "The Bazaar of Bad Dreams"

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    I picked up Stephen King's new short story collection, "The Bazaar of Bad Dreams," on Sunday. I'm trying finish the book so I can review it for you on Sunday. I've got a long way to go, but here are my initial thoughts: -- When I was a teenager, I loved Stephen King's books, even though there were some relative clunkers like "Cujo" and "The Eyes of the Dragon." I stuck with him through college, too, but about the time I entered graduate school I stopped paying as much attention to his work. -- My favorite of his novels is either "The Stand" or "The Talisman" (co-written with Peter Straub). I kind of lean toward the latter because the writing had a subtle beauty, more evocative than King's usual hammer-blow to the

  • Book signings in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Book signings in Oklahoma

  • C-SPAN to broadcast book fair

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    The Miami (Fla.) Book Fair is a big deal, and this month C-SPAN 2 will air live coverage on consecutive nights on the cable network's BookTV program. Watch it live Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22, beginning at 9 a.m. (The cable channel will re-air the broadcasts in the wee hours of Sunday and Monday.) Among the authors/speakers are such notables as Peggy Noonan, Ted Koppel, Leonard Pitts Jr., P.J. O'Rourke and a current and former national poet laureate. A full list of speakers can be found below: SATURDAY Pamela Paul, By the Book: Writers on Literature and Literary Life from the New York Times Book Review Interview: Eileen Pollack, The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys'

  • Weekly book signings in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Nov 1, 2015

    Book signings in Oklahoma

  • Purely subjective: A story of unlocked fears

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor | Updated: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Ken Raymond shares a story about something that happened to him when he was 18 years old. He writes: "I’d swear to you it’s true, but you wouldn’t believe me. No one ever does. But it is true, or at least as true as a 28-year-old memory can be. Even if some small particulars are wrong, the gist of the story is accurate — and it’s the only unexplainable event in my otherwise normal life."

  • Children's book review: 'What Is Punk?' by Eric Morse

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

    "What Is Punk?" by Eric Morse, illustrations by Anny Yi (Black Sheep, 32 pages, in stores)

  • NBC News storyteller Bob Dotson to be subject of final 'American Story'

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor | Published: Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    After 40 years of working for television affiliates on the NBC Network, 69-year-old Bob Dotson will be doing his last "American Story" and retiring. Dotson, a University of Kansas graduate, worked from 1969 to 1975 at WKY-TV in Oklahoma City and is wife is a native Oklahoman.

  • Book review: 'A Head Full of Ghosts' by Paul Tremblay

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor | Published: Sun, Oct 18, 2015

    Paul Trembley's “A Head Full of Ghosts” offers plenty of scary goodness.

  • Book signings in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Oct 11, 2015

    Book signings in Oklahoma