Posted by Tasha on April 25th, 2013 in Culture, Date Night, Free Stuff to Do
“Funny, surprising, ingenious, strange, sidelong, rueful, and satisfying. If the real Oklahoma is anything like these imaginary ones, your visit will pass in an extraordinary commotion of sights, shouts, and conversations.”
Imaginary Oklahoma: 46 Takes on the 46th State explores our state through a wide variety of voices, styles, and literary devices. With stories by 46 acclaimed writers and new work by artists from across the country, the book proves that Oklahoma is much more than a place—it’s an idea.
From Franz Kafka to Rodgers and Hammerstein, writers both foreign and domestic have been speculating about Oklahoma for more than a century. In this collection, a man recalls a visit to a towering statue of Tom Mix, feral children roam the woods on the edge of a college town and the lead singer of an 80′s hair band just can’t shake his Okie roots. Authors featured in the book include Steve Almond, Ben Greenman, Jonathon Lethem, Matt Bondurant, Edith Pearlman, Deborah Willis, Craig Morgan Teicher, Tupelo Hassman, Wayne Koestenbaum, Alan Heathcock, Jess Row, Lori Ostlund, Jack Pendarvis, Brian Frazer, Aimee Bender, Padgett Powell, Carolyn Parkhurst, and many more.
Tonight, we celebrate the launch.
WHAT: Imaginary Oklahoma Book Launch with Booksmart Tulsa and This Land Press
WHEN: Tonight, Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Guthrie Green, Cincinnati and Brady
COST: Free to attend, open to the public
The evening will feature special guests, prizes, and your first chance to get your copy of the book. Come hungry: Food, beer, wine, and cocktails will be for sale at Lucky’s on the Green. Wink Burcham will bring the tunes. Free and open to the public.
Reserve your copy of the book before the event: http://bit.ly/imokbook. RSVP and invite your friends to the book-launch event on Facebook.