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Books and Reading: Programs and Events

So many books, so little time. Let us lead you to your next great read through the resources available in this guide.

Nimrod's 2018 Conference for Readers and Writers

Nimrod International Journal’s 2018 Conference for Readers and Writers will take place October 19th–20th. Featuring nationally known writers and newly discovered award-winners, this conference is also distinctive in that it pairs editors with writers who want individual critiques and guidance in refining their writing. 
October 19th, Nimrod will kick off the Conference with Write Night at the Tulsa Garden Center. Write Night is free and open to the public and will begin with a reception of light bites and a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. Following at 7:00 p.m. will be an Author Chat, reading, and book signing with Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Patricia Smith, author of Blood Dazzler, and winner of the American Book Award and Oklahoma Book Award Rilla Askew, author of Fire in Beulah. The event is co-hosted by Magic City Books and co-sponsored by The University of Tulsa’s Creative Writing program. 
October 20th at 9:30 a.m., Nimrod will host the all-day Conference for Readers and Writers at The University of Tulsa. Participants will have the opportunity to work with over forty distinguished authors and editors at the Conference.  Special guest authors and editors include fiction writer Rilla Askew and poet Patricia Smith, as well as New York Times-bestselling memoirist and poet Jill Bialosky, author of History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life; young adult author Erin Bow, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award winner and author of The Scorpion Rules; romance author Sarah MacLean, two-time RITA Award winner and author of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished; mystery author Julia Thomas, author of The English Boys; poet Kaveh Bassiri, Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency winner; and Carl Engle-Laird, editor at Publishing. 
Participants can choose from a wide array of panels and workshops on writing fiction, poetry, memoir, mystery, young adult literature, romance, and science fiction; ways to attract the attention of literary agents and publishers; and more. Those who pre-register and send brief writing samples by October 13th can also have the opportunity to sit down to discuss their work one on one with an experienced editor and/or have an individual critique of a novel pitch. 
For registration forms and more information, including scholarship information, please contact Nimrod at 918-631-3080 or, or visit

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BookSmart Tulsa Events

Looking for more upcoming author events? See what BookSmart Tulsa has lined up!

An Evening with Sara Paretsky

Join us for an evening of discussion with award-winning mystery author Sara Paretsky as she discusses the latest book in her acclaimed V.I. Warshawski series, Shell Game. A book signing will follow.


This event is brought to you by Booksmart Tulsa and Tulsa City-County Library. Paretsky is the award-winning creator of the V.I. Warshawski detective novels. When Paretsky introduced V.I. in Indemnity Only in 1982, she revolutionized the mystery novel by introducing a female investigator who uses her wits as well as her fists. In Shell Game, Sara Paretsky follows her instant New York Times best-seller Fallout —her most widely read novel in years — with an extraordinary adventure that pits her acclaimed detective, V.I. Warshawski, against some of today’s most powerful figures.


Paretsky will be at the Central Library on Wednesday, October 17th, at 7:00 pm.

Oklahoma Book Festival

The Oklahoma Center for the Book and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries invite you to the inaugural Oklahoma Book Festival on Saturday, October 20. The event will be held at Oklahoma City's Boathouse District on Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 


The Festival will feature 50-75 of America’s finest literary talent, panel discussions and author presentations, author book signing tables, children’s storytelling/craft activities/entertainment, renowned chef demonstrations, food trucks, and vendor booths. It is FREE to attend and is a dog-friendly event. Registration is not required but appreciated.