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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.

Meet Author Pam Munoz Ryan

Pam Munoz Ryan, winner of the 2018 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature, is being recognized for writing more than 40 books the inspire imaginations, dreams and pride in all ages. From picture books, early readers and young adult novels, her writing encourages cultural awareness and the importance of believing in yourself. 


Ryan will be at the Hardesty Library (8316 E 93rd) in Conner's Cove on Friday, May 4th, 7:00pm, to accept the award.

The Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature was inaugurated in 1991 and is given annually by the Tulsa Library Trust. In 1992, it was permanently named in honor of Anne V. Zarrow. Its purpose is to give formal recognition, on behalf of the Tulsa County community, to nationally acclaimed authors who have made a significant contribution to the field of literature for children and young adults.

An Evening with Rick Bragg

Don’t miss an evening with the beloved, best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All Over but the Shoutin’ and Ava’s Man. Rick joins us for a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, to his mother. In The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother’s cooking and education, from childhood into old age. Because good food always has a good story, a recipe is a story like anything else. The book includes seventy-four mouthwatering Bragg family recipes for classic southern dishes passed down through generations.


Bragg will be at the Central Library (400 Civic Center) on Wednesday, May 16th, 7:00pm. Sponsored by BookSmart Tulsa and Magic City Books.

Adult Creative Writing Contest Awards Ceremony

You're invited to a ceremony honoring the winners of the 41st Annual Adult Creative Writing Contest. Hear selections from the winning authors and a keynote address from author Julia Thomas.

Thomas, author of The English Boys and Penhale Wood, will discuss the ups and downs of getting your writing published and learning how to handle rejection. A must-hear for any aspiring writer!


The ceremony will be Saturday, May 12th, 2:30pm at the Central Library (400 Civic Center). Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries.

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