BOOK IT: Oklahoma’s can’t-miss literary events this month

by Natasha Ball


We make readers here. Oklahoma has played muse to playwrights, poets, and authors in traditions as rich and various as our places. Our readers are just as inspired. Oklahoma has seen a renaissance in recent years, a revival of its literary scene. Groups like Booksmart Tulsa, Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, and Louder Than a Bomb bring some of the most important writers working in America today to our state for lectures, poetry slams, and, this month, even a pajama party.

Here’s the best of what’s going on in Oklahoma’s well-read circles this month, including workshops and book events for our kids. Most of these events are free to attend.

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  • Nimrod Journal’s Conference for Readers and Writers featuring National Book Award Finalist Cristina García with Oklahoma poet laureate Nathan Brown, Jacob M. Appel, Sarah Crossland, Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry, Lynn Shoemaker, Francine Ringold, Eilis O’Neal, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, A. J. Tierney, Jessica Spotswood, and many others at Allen Chapman Activity Center at The University of Tulsa, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Times Talks, a video series featuring today’s top talents and thinkers in conversation with New York Times journalists, at Circle Cinema, this time featuring Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Emeril Lagasse, David Bouley, Alex Atala, David Chang, and New York Times restaurant critics

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  • Books Sandwiched In with a review of Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan from Brian Hosmer, H.G. Barnard chair of Western American history at The University of Tulsa, noon.

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  • Books Sandwiched In with a review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn from Jane Wiseman, judge, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, noon.

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Find more Oklahoma events and things to do on the This Land Events page.