FAQ, complete with information on the Fourth and Final Literary Six-Pack, is also
available for download in PDF
What is Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma?
A: Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma is an exciting statewide
activity that invites 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 readies for 2007 and its 100th
anniversary of statehood, Oklahomans are increasingly exploring
our state’s many-faceted history and its richly diverse heritage.
Q: When will Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma take
A: The book selection process begins in 2003, and programs
will be held each year from 2004 through the Sooner State’s 100th
anniversary in 2007.
Q: How will the books be selected?
A: A subcommittee of the Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma Steering
Committee (see our list of sponsors) nominates
six book titles. Oklahomans vote from September through October for
one book from the list of six works. Voting
will take place online. The winning selection will be announced in November,
and the reading and discussion programs and activities will take 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 are candidates for
A: Works will be as diverse and intriguing as our state
and its people. Selected for readability as well as Oklahoma-related
content, they will consist of both fiction and nonfiction and will include
history, biography, memoir, historical fiction, essay collections, and
Q: Who can host discussion groups? When
will they meet?
A: Discussion groups will meet throughout the year
across the state. Libraries and schools are invited to participate by
hosting reading and discussion programs, and any group, organization,
or high school class may host a discussion.
Q: Will discussion materials be provided?
A: Study guides will be available online, and the State
Department of Education will provide online curriculum guides for high
school educators. Discussion facilitators will be 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 to inspire and facilitate participation in the project.
We'll offer discussion guides, activities and promotional pieces in
our Programs/Materials section. You can also read
more about the state's literary heritage, discussion groups, book
clubs, and the one book craze that is sweeping the nation.
watch your local newspaper, organization newsletters, community library
or favorite bookstore during the months ahead for more details about
Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma. Better yet, contact your
local library and tell them you're interested in participating in
Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma, or start your own book club.
You may also contact the Oklahoma
Department of Libraries, the Oklahoma
Humanities Council, or Let’s
Talk About It, Oklahoma.