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Oklahoma Author Rilla Askew To Speak at Libraries

Rilla AskewComing from the Sans Bois Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma is two-time Oklahoma Book Award winner Rilla Askew.  Join Askew as she discusses her book, “Fire in Beulah,” a story that culminates in the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, and her others, at five Metropolitan Library System libraries during the month of April. Her appearances will be:

Thursday, April 10 at the Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker, from 6:30 to 7:30pm

Saturday, April 12 at the Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, from 2:00 to 3:00pm

Monday, April 14 at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, from 7:00 to 8:00pm

Saturday, April 19 at the Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 NE 23rd, from 1:00 to 2:00pm

Thursday, April 24 at the Choctaw Library, 2525 Muzzy Streer, from 6:00 to 7:00pm.

Askew is a fifth generation Oklahoman, and her book was the final of the Oklahoma Centennial Projects,  “Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma” series. It tells the story as “seen from the viewpoint of two families, one black and one white,” said B.J. Williams, host of the

Metropolitan Library System’s weekly book talk television program “Read About It,” which is seen on Cox Channel 7 on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m.  “The book is about life and struggle in Oklahoma during the oil boom days.”

      Copies of “Fire in Beulah” will be available for purchase and signing, and as always, the library programs are free of charge. This program is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Library Association and the Friends of the Metropolitan Library.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org