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(This FAQ, complete with information the Literary Six-Pack, is available for download in PDF format)

Q: What is Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma?
A: Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma was an exciting statewide activity that invited Oklahomans to examine our state’s unique history, experience its diverse heritage and explore its promising future by reading and discussing notable and important works about the Sooner State.


Q: What’s the catalyst for Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma?
A: As Oklahoma readied for 2007 and its 100th anniversary of statehood, Oklahomans were exploring our state’s many-faceted history and its richly diverse heritage.


Q: When did the Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma take place?
A: The book selection process began in 2003, and programs were held each year from 2004 through the Sooner State’s 100th anniversary in 2007.


Q: How were the books selected?
A: A subcommittee of the Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma Steering Committee (see our list of sponsors) nominated six book titles. Oklahomans voted from September through October for one book from the list of six works. Voting took place online. The winning selection was announced in November each year, and the reading and discussion programs and activities took place the following year. The first “election” took place in 2003, with programs held across the state in 2004. (Check out the Literary Six-Packs!)


Q: What type of books were candidates for the election?
A: Works were as diverse and intriguing as our state and its people. Selected for readability as well as Oklahoma-related content, they consisted of both fiction and nonfiction and included history, biography, memoir, historical fiction, essay collections, and novels.


Q: Who hosted discussion groups?

A: Discussion groups met throughout the year across the state. Libraries and schools were invited to participate by hosting reading and discussion programs, and any group, organization, or high school class were able to host a discussion.


Q: Were discussion materials provided?
A: Study guides were available online, and the State Department of Education provided online curriculum guides for high school educators. Discussion facilitators were available through the Oklahoma Humanities Council.


Q: Where can I learn more about this program?
A: This website will provide a variety of information and resources. We offered discussion guides, activities and promotional pieces in our Programs/Materials section. You can also read more about the state's literary heritage, how to start a discussion group or book club, and the One Book Craze.


You may also contact the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, or Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma.