Celebration Of Books

The line-up of writers and artists scheduled to appear at the Celebration of Books at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa this month just keeps getting better.

The Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers will kick off the Celebration with “An Evening with Tracy Letts and Mitch Albom” at the Chapman Music Hall in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26.

The Celebration continues on Saturday, Sept. 27 with a day of panel discussions, writing workshops, presentations, live interviews and book signings at OSU-Tulsa, 700 N. Greenwood Ave.

Highlights of the program include:

• An official tribute to Homecoming Award winner Tracy Letts.
• A keynote address by Ambassador Award winner Mitch Albom.
• The exclusive Tulsa premier of “Nights in Rodanthe” hosted by producer Doug Claybourne.
• Interviews with veteran journalist Roger Mudd, and “Godfather II” producer Gray Frederickson.
• An all-star panel from the television series “Saving Grace,” including writer/editor Annie Brunner, actor Kenneth Johnson, co-executive producer Dee Harris Lawrence, and actor Leon Rippy.
• A publishing forum with literary agents Mary Evans and Meredith Bernstein, and editors Thomas Mayer and Louisa McCune.
• A screening of the Michael Tobias/Jane Morrison film, “Hot Spots.”

For those with a passion for writing, the schedule includes workshops with award-winning authors Nancy Pickard and Rilla Askew and panel discussions with many of the country’s leading artists such as Oprah Book Club authors Billie Letts and Robert Morgan.

The Celebration will conclude with a grand finale featuring Sweet Potato Queen Jill Conner Browne, author of the popular “Sweet Potato Queens” novel and advice books on love, divorce and cooking.

For a full Celebration schedule, visit the Oklahoma Poets and Writers web site at poetsandwriters.okstate.edu.

Tickets for the entire Celebration, including “An Evening with Tracy Letts and Mitch Albom,” are $45 and may be purchased by calling 918-594-8215. Full-time teachers and students may attend the Saturday sessions for free, but still need to register.

Updated 09-22-2008

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