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It's time for the annual library book sale

One of the largest book sales in the nation will take place in Oklahoma City on Saturday and Sunday. The Friends of the...

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Oklahoma and Publishers Weekly bestsellers for Feb. 16, 2020

Oklahoma bestsellers Fiction 1. “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron Books) 2. “Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid (Putnam)...

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Book review: 'Rodeo Women' covers a lot of miles

"Oklahoma Rodeo Women" by Tracey Hanshew (The History Press, 128 pages, in stores Tuesday) Rodeo’s inner story is that of miles...

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Book review: You'll want to 'Hold On' to this book

"Hold On, But Don’t Hold Still: Hope and Humor from My Seriously Flawed Life" by Kristina Kuzmič (Penguin Publishing Group, 272...

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Sister act: Longtime Broadway buddies Terry Burrell and Julia Lema portray real-life siblings in Lyric Theatre's 'Having Our Say'

Terry Burrell and Julia Lema last shared the stage 34 years ago in the Broadway musical "Honky Tonk Nights," but their...

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Video: OKC Town Hall continues 2019-2020 season with authors David Grann and Sam Anderson and cartoonist Steve Kelley

"Killers of the Flower Moon" author David Grann will give the fourth talk in the six-lecture series at 11 a.m. Feb. 20.

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Book review: Bad Guys (gone good) team up to fight aliens

"The Bad Guys in the Baddest Day Ever (The Bad Guys #10)" by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic Paperbacks, 176 pages, in stores) It...

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Oklahoma and Publishers Weekly bestsellers for Feb. 9, 2020

Oklahoma bestsellers Fiction 1. “Interior Chinatown” by Charles Yu (Pantheon Books) 2. “American Dirt” Jeanine Cummins...

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Photographer digs into Westminster Dog Show

"Best in Show" by Dolly Faibyshev (Chronicle, 132 pages, in stores) One of the things photographer Dolly Faibyshev loves most...

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Oklahoma metro libraries pass digital milestone of 2 million downloads

Who says nobody reads anymore? How people read has changed dramatically over the past 20 years, with Amazon’s Kindle platform...

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Book review: Novella goes beyond sci-fi and delves into issues of race, injustice

“Riot Baby” by Tochi Onyebuchi (Tor, 176 pages, in stores) Young adult author Tochi Onyebuchi’s first novel for grown-ups is...

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Book review: 'A Beautiful Crime' is deliciously diabolical

"A Beautiful Crime" by Christopher Bollen (Harper, 377 pages, in stores) Christopher Bollen's "A Beautiful Crime" invites...

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Book notes for Feb. 2, 2020

Book signings Full Circle, 1900 Northwest Expressway Author Cesar Hernandez will sign "Migrating to Prison: America's Obsession...

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Oklahoma and Publishers Weekly bestsellers for Feb. 2, 2020

Oklahoma bestsellers Fiction 1. “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott (Vintage) 2. “American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club)” by Jeanine...

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Interviews, photos and video: National Cowboy Museum celebrates milestone anniversaries for 'True Grit' films with exhibit 'Two Grits'

On view through May 10, the exhibit "Two Grits" celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1969 version starring Wayne, Glenn...

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Theater review: Lyric Theatre's stylishly fun puppet treatment of Dr. Seuss is the cat's meow

Lyric Theatre is brightening its Plaza Theatre stage and the dreary winter months with the color and whimsy of the Dr. Seuss...

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'Killers of the Flower Moon' expected to usher in a new decade of filmmaking in Oklahoma, as production is officially confirmed in the Sooner State

“We’re thrilled that this unique story will be filmed where it took place, in Osage County, and welcome the production to...

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Friends of the Guthrie Public Library plans used book sale

GUTHRIE — The annual Used Book Sale of the Friends of the Guthrie Public Library will be Feb. 1 in the Fellowship Hall of First...

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Book review: Novel brings early 20th century to life

"All the Forgivenesses" by Elizabeth Hardinger (Kensington Books, 353 Pages, in stores) "As we know, forgiveness of oneself is...

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Book review: New audiobooks worth a listen

"The Innocents" by Michael Crummey (Random House Audio, Unabridged, 9 hours) Set in the early 19th century, Crummey's fifth...

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Book review: New release expands Hurston's work into Harlem

"Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories From the Harlem Renaissance" by Zora Neale Hurston (Amistad, 304 pages,...

Farzaneh brothers support education, housing, other causes in central Oklahoma

BusinessApr 28, 2019

MOORE — Revolution didn’t break out in Iran 40 years ago until after the Farzaneh brothers left to study architecture at the University of Oklahoma, but its effects reached around the world and lay a heavy weight on both of them. “Because of...

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Book notes for Jan. 26, 2020

In brief Guthrie Public library book sale Saturday The Annual Used Book Sale of the Friends of the Guthrie Public Library will...

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Oklahoma and Publishers Weekly bestsellers for Jan. 26, 2020

Oklahoma bestsellers Fiction 1. “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday Books) 2. “The Night Circus” by Erin...

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Oklahoman faith briefs for Jan. 25, 2020

Gospel singing event is planned DEL CITY — The Del City Gospel Singing will be celebrating its 18th anniversary with a concert...

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Conversation to explore 'How to be an Antiracist'

What Lies Between Us, a conversational platform on social justice, will explore the book "How To Be An Antiracist" Tuesday...

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Preview: Lyric Theatre playing with puppets to present Dr. Seuss' 'The Cat in the Hat'

An add-on to Lyric's 2020 subscription season, "The Cat in the Hat" is the fourth annual installment in the nonprofit...

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Book review: Sequel keeps gunslinger saga on track

"A Longer Fall" by Charlaine Harris (Gallery/Saga press, 304 pages, in stores) One of the hardest things about finishing a...

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Thieves stole $8 million in rare texts from the Carnegie Library in a decades-long scheme

One by one, rare books vanished from the library — the journal of George Washington; a copy of Isaac Newton's "Philosophiae...

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Puppet play: Lyric Theatre planning feline fun for young audiences with Dr. Seuss' 'The Cat in the Hat'

Some of the most celebrated roles in musical theater history have been taken from the pages of books: Jean Valjean, the main...

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Oklahoma and Publishers Weekly bestsellers for Jan. 19, 2020

Oklahoma bestsellers Fiction 1. “Ivory Tower” by Grant Matthew Jenkins (Atmosphere Press) 2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia...

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Book review: 'Shadow' leaves lasting impression

"Shadow of the Taj" by Lara Bernhardt (Black Opal Books, 342 pages, in stores) The setting of Lara Bernhardt’s latest novel is...

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A conversation with Joy Harjo: Listening to America's poet laureate

Joy Harjo, 68, is the 23rd poet laureate of the United States. A member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, she is the first Native...

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HBO won't pursue second season of 'Watchmen' after creator bows out

Sorry, fans, but the season-ending cliffhanger will likely never be resolved.

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Nicholas Sparks to speak at SWOSU

WEATHERFORD — Bestselling author Nicholas Sparks will speak at Southwestern Oklahoma State University next month. Tickets are...

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Book review: 'Vampire on the Orient Express' comes alive on Amazon

"Vampire on the Orient Express" by Shane Carrow (Amazon Kindle, 135 pages, available through Amazon.com) I usually review books...

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Book review: As scholars tried to flee the Nazis, U.S. universities closed their doors

"Well Worth Saving: American Universities' Life-and-Death Decisions on Refugees From Nazi Europe" by Laurel Leff (Yale...

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Oklahoma and Publishers Weekly bestsellers for Jan. 12, 2020

Oklahoma bestsellers Fiction 1. “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday Books) 2. “Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid...

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Book review: 'Glovemaker' explores Utah's early frontiers

"The Glovemaker" by Ann Weisgarber (Skyhouse Publishing, 291 pages, in stores) Deborah Tyler paces the house, anxiously peering...

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State briefs: Educator discount takes 25% off at Barnes & Noble

OKLAHOMA CITY Educator discount takes 25% off at Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble will offer discounts to teachers and...

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Word Balloons: A look back at some of the decade's best graphic novels

Graphic novel sales surged through the decade of the 2010s. Young-reader graphic novels became a hit in bookstores behind names...

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Grandson aims to highlight Halliburtons' best works in future book

Gov. Kevin Stitt and a host of other dignitaries joined Halliburton Co. employees and CEO Jeff Miller to celebrate the...

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Space janitor finds herself pitted against a savage blue fungus

"Salvaged" by Madeleine Roux (Ace trade paperback, 354 pages, in stores) New in trade paperback is "Salvaged" by Madeleine...

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Is Bernie Manuelito the hero we need?

"The Tale Teller: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel" by Anne Hillerman (Harper, 320 pages, in stores) Quick. Name a female...

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Book signings for the week of Jan. 5, 2020

BEST OF BOOKS 1313 E Danforth Rd., Edmond • Oklahoma author and upper elementary teacher Jenifer Bazzit will be launching her...

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Oklahoma and Publishers Weekly best-sellers for Jan. 5, 2020

Oklahoma best-sellers Fiction 1. “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday Books) 2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia...

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Oklahoma Muslims tell their own story with new guide book

Adam Soltani remembers the anti-Muslim rhetoric that seemed heightened during the 2016 presidential election. Soltani,...

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Word Balloons: Top 10 graphic novels of 2019

In 2019, comics in book form continued to be a growth area for many, especially in the young adult and youth markets. These...

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Carrie Underwood to release fitness and lifestyle book 'Find Your Path'

Throughout "Find Your Path," she opens up about her personal journey towards optimal health, from her passion for sports as a...

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Our favorite books of 2019

This time of year, many publications announce their "best books" list. Often these include the kind of books that very few...

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'Monk' writer introduces new character

"Lost Hills" by Lee Goldberg (Thomas & Mercer, 253 pages, in stores Wednesday) When a concerned neighbor asks for a safety...

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Analysis: A look at decade's most impactful pop-culture debuts

From the rise of the #MeToo movement to the dominance of streaming services to the power of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the...

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Oklahoma and Publishers Weekly best-sellers for Dec. 29, 2019

Oklahoma best-sellers Fiction 1. “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday Books) 2. “An American Sunrise” by Joy Harjo...

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Movie review: Greta Gerwig stays faithful to 'Little Women' while giving venerable story new relevance

Beloved by generations of female readers, Alcott's tale of four sisters growing up in genteel poverty in 1860s Massachusetts...

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Last minute gifts for readers

Three days until Christmas. All the excitement, traditions and festivities have been leading up to this — but are you ready? If...

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Book notes for Dec. 22, 2019

Entries are being accepted for the 31st annual Oklahoma Book Awards competition, which recognizes and promotes the best...

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'A Midnight Clear' explores the darker side of Christmas

"A Midnight Clear" by Sam Hooker, Alcy Leyva, Laura Morrison, Cassondra Windwalker, Dalena Storm and Seven Jane (Black Spot...

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Oklahoma and Publishers Weekly best-sellers for Dec. 22, 2019

Oklahoma best-sellers Fiction 1. “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday Books) 2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia...

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Word Balloons: Archie, Mickey and more get in holiday spirit

With Christmas just around the corner, the following are some new comic-books and graphic novels that celebrate the holiday...