SIGNED BOOKS by Oklahoma Book Award Winners available!
We had a great time at An Evening with Oklahoma Book Award Winners! Best of all, the guest authors left SIGNED COPIES behind! (While supplies last). Come get your own today! (Or call 405-340-9202.)
The Oklahoma Book Award Winners include:
Nonfiction winner Rusty Williams, author of The Red River Bridge War
Rusty Williams writes about history through the stories of the people who lived it. He is the author of four nonfiction books, three on Texas topics. Rusty began his career as a newswriter, and he has written for The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Antonio Express-News and Associated Press. He currently lives in Dallas, where he is a contributor to history magazines and websites, and speaks to groups on historical subjects.
Children's Literature winner Jane McKellips, author of Dust Storm
Jane McKellips has been an educational writer for over thirty years. She has mainly worked on elementary-school and middle-grade publications in the subjects of reading, spelling, and social studies. Recently, her focus has turned to writing picture books and chapter books. She wrote the chapter book biography Bill Wallace: Author of Adventure and Animal Stories. after interviewing Bill Wallace at his Chickasha home. She wrote Dust Storm as a tribute to her Great Aunt Clara Dreyer who had polio as a child.
Poetry winner Sly Alley, author of Strong Medicine
Sly Alley is a writer of poetry and short-fiction whose work has appeared in The Muse and Dragon Poet Review. His work has been presented at the annual Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium at Seminole State College, the 2015 Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma, and Poetry at The Paramount in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He writes on a Royal typewriter in his fortified shack in Tecumseh, Oklahoma.
Fiction winner Luana Ehrlich, author of Three Weeks in Washington
Luana Ehrlich picked up her first adult spy novel when she was eleven years old. Today, she continues to have a passion for the thriller/suspense genre of fiction, along with a smattering of interest in historical fiction. In addition to being an avid reader, she is also a news fanatic, following events around the world on a daily basis, particularly the Middle East.
Illustration winner Terry Widener, illustrator of My Name is James Madison Hemings
Growing up in a small town in Oklahoma, Terry Widener walked to the movies nearly everyday during the summers, sometimes seeing the same movie three or four times. Once home, he’d draw pictures from scenes of his favorite adventure films, such as, “Jason and the Argonauts’, ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’, or ‘The Time Machine’. After moving to Texas in 1980, Terry began his illustration career. For the next fifteen years he worked with editorial, advertising and corporate clients. Then in 1996 he was asked to illustrate a picture book. His first picture book, Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David A. Adler, published by Harcourt, received a number of awards including a Boston Globe – Horn Book Honor Book. He has since illustrated over 30 books. Many of these books have been recognized on state reading lists, ABA, SCBWI, ALA, and a number of Best Book lists.
Design winner Douglas Miller, author of 4th & Boston: Heart of the Magic Empire
Douglas Miller is the principal at Müllerhaus Legacy, a Tulsa-based publisher specializing in commissioned history books for families, corporations, and organizations. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, he started his professional career as a Los Angeles-based studio designer before returning home to Tulsa where he worked as a creative director for one of the most prominent ad agencies in the central United States. In 2003, he started Müllerhaus to enter the arena of publishing through his passion for book design. 4th & Boston, Heart of the Magic Empire is his first effort as lead author. He is currently working on his second book, also on the topic of Tulsa history.
Best of Books, official bookseller of the Oklahoma Book Award, extends heartfelt congratulations to these winners, as well as to YA winner Lutricia Clifton (author of Seeking Cassandra)!