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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.

Tulsa LitFest 2018

Don’t miss the first ever Tulsa LitFest, four days of free author events, workshops, screenings, parties, and much more. April 19-22. Tulsa LitFest brings together diverse literary artists and writers to collaborate and inspire, enriching the Tulsa community. Full schedule at 


LitFest is sponsored by Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Magic City Books, and the Center for Poets & Writers at OSU-Tulsa.


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.

BookSmart Tulsa Events

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

Friends of the Helmerich Library Annual Book Sale

The Friends of the Helmerich Library’s annual book sale features thousands of gently used books and media. Get quality and quantity at great prices while supporting all libraries. For all ages. The sale is open to the public on Friday and Saturday, April 20th & 21st, from 10am to 5pm at the Helmerich Library. On Thursday, April 19th from 5-8pm, the book sale will be open for a preview night to Friends of the Library members only. Membership may be obtained at checkout for a $5 donation.

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.

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