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Western Writers to Speak At Downtown Library

Some of the top names in Western literature will present a roundtable discussion and Q&A session, “Redefining the Western: The Scope of the Genre Today,”  6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, June 15, at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Western Writers of America convention, June 16-20 at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. WWA members will also be signing their works, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 19, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Scheduled participants at the library roundtable discussion include WWA President Johnny D. Boggs, a three-time Spur Award-winning writer and Spur finalist this year for his novel “Killstraight”; Oklahoma native and WWA Vice President Robert J. Conley, Cherokee novelist and historian and this year’s recipient of the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book; Candy Moulton, the Spur Award-winning author of “Chief Joseph: Guardian of the People” and a prolific magazine nonfiction writer; and WWA past president

Cotton Smith, author of “Blood of Bass Tillman” and a Spur finalist this year for his short story “Morning War,” published in “The Way of the West” anthology from Leisure Books.

The panel will be moderated by Oklahoma native D.L. Birchfield, children’s author, Choctaw Indian historian and Spur Award-winning novelist for “Field of Honor.”

Since 1953, the nonprofit Western Writers of America (www.westernwriters.org) has promoted and honored Western literature, fiction and nonfiction. Its more than 600 members include novelists, historians, screenwriters, songwriters, poets, agents and editors. The Spur Awards for the best Western literature of 2008 will be presented at the convention on Saturday, June 20, and Elmore Leonard will be presented the Owen Wister Award for lifetime contributions to the genre.

For more information, call (405) 231-8650.

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.