FAQ, complete with information the Literary Six-Pack, is
available for download in PDF
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
Q: What’s the catalyst for 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
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
Q: What type of books were candidates for
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
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
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.