The public is invited to visit the Miami Public Library Thursday evening and “talk about it.”
“Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma” is a reading and discussion series about “The Oklahoma Experience: Re-visions” and is designed to celebrate the Oklahoma centennial.
Four books and a memoir will be discussed every other Thursday evening until Nov. 29.
The opening novel, “Pushing the Bear” by Diane Glancy, recreates the Cherokee experience of the “Trail of Tears.”
John Coward of the University of Tulsa will open Thursday's program.
This is the first opportunity that Marcia Johnson, the head librarian at the Miami Public Library, has had to participate in a “Let's Talk About It” program.
“I'm really excited about it,” she said. “I'm looking forward to the discussions we will have.
“We've already had a page filled with people reading the books and getting ready for the programs.”
The other books include “Fire in Beulah” by Rilla Askew under discussion on Oct. 18. Kay Meyers of Oral Roberts University will open the program.
“Rilla Askew herself recently gave a program here at the Miami Public Library,” Johnson said. “Everyone seemed very impressed with her work.”
The following book will be “Red Dirt, Growing Up Okie,” a memoir and coming-of-age story by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
Dr. Bill Corbett of Northeastern State University will lead the program on Nov. 1.
The book, “Shell Shaker” by LeAnn Howe, tells the story of betrayal and murder in Choctaw country.
Its program will be Nov. 15 and led by Dr. Andrew Vassar of Northeastern State University.
The final program is on “The Honk and Holler Opening Soon” by Billie Letts.
Gloria Dialectic will lead the program on Nov. 29.
The books are available for all of the programs at the Miami Public Library and it is suggested that they be read in advance.
For more information, call the Miami Public Library or Johnson at 541-2292.
The books and other materials for the programs are provided by the “Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma” project of the Oklahoma Humanities Council, with additional support from the Inasmuch Foundation.
Funding for the series is provided by a grant of the Miami Public Library for the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment of the Humanities.