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Welcome Readers!

So many books, so little time. Let us lead you to your next great read through the resources available in this guide.

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Your Next Great Read

What is Your Next Great Read?

Your Next Great Read is Tulsa City-County Library's personalized Readers' Advisory service.  

What is Readers' Advisory? Readers' Advisory is the practice of connecting people to stories that they will enjoy.

What's a great read?  Any book that YOU love--whether that's a nail-biting thriller or a reflective family saga.  

How does it work? Simply fill out this survey of your reading preferences, interests, and history, and we will develop a custom reading guide with suggested authors and titles you might enjoy.  This service is free to Tulsa City-County Library cardholders. 

If you've recently filled out the survey and received a reading guide, but would like some additional titles, you can fill out a follow up survey to get a few more recommendations.

This service is also available for teens and tweens (follow up survey).

Read the Library Journal article about Your Next Great Read.

Book Clubs

Tulsa Library Book Club Roundup

Looking to join a book club? 

Take a look at this list of library discussion groups and their upcoming selections! Click on the library name for more information about that particular branch.

Bixby Library - Bixby Adult Book Discussion Group (Afternoon) meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 2:00-3:00pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 17th - Dark in Death by J. D. Robb.

Bixby Library - Bixby Adult Book Discussion Group (Evening) meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 11th - House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea.

Broken Arrow Library - Cover to Cover Adult Book Club meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: November 6th - The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard.

Brookside Library - Brookside Book Discussion Group meets the 2nd Monday of the month, 1:30-2:30pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 15th - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz.

Central Library - Central Book Discussion Group meets the last Thursday of the month, 2:00pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 25th - Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson.

Central Library - Between the Covers Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00pm. Focus is on romance novels. NEXT UP: October 18th - Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean.

Collinsville Library - Collinsville Book Discussion Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 12:00-1:00pm. Variety, though mostly mysteries, suspense, and women's fiction. NEXT UP: October 9th - The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh.

Glenpool Library - Cookbook Club meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30-7:45pm. Cookbooks - participants try out recipes to bring to meetings. NEXT UP: This group is currently on hiatus. Call 918-549-7323 for more information on future meetings.  

Hardesty Library - The Litwits meet the 1st Wednesday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. Ages 25 and up. Variety of titles and genres, mostly fiction. NEXT UP: November 7th  - The Power by Naomi Alberman.

Helmerich Library - Coffee Chat and Books meets one Wednesday a month (except summer months), 12:00-1:00pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 17th - Focus on fall selections.

Helmerich Library - Mainly Mysteries meets the last Tuesday of the month (except summer months), 6:00-7:15pm. Focuses on mysteries and mystery sub-genres. NEXT UP: October 30th.

Herman and Kate Kaiser Library - Creative Truths: A History Book Discussion meets the last Saturday of the month at 9:00am. (Meetings will be in library meeting room prior to the library's regular business hours.) Focus on history. NEXT UP: October 27th - Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard.

Jenks Library - Jenks Library Book Discussion Group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month (except August), 1:30-2:30pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 18th - Call 918-549-7323 for featured title and more information. 

Literacy Department - Literacy Book Club meets last Monday of the month (except May and December) 6:30-7:30pm at COLS (2901 S Harvard). Variety of titles and genres, mostly fiction; usually about 200 pages and Lexile 6th grade and below. Call ahead if attending first time (918-549-7400). NEXT UP: October 29th 

Martin Library - Full Cup Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10:00-11:00am. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 10th - Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

Nathan Hale Library - Pythian Manor Book Group meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, 2:00-4:00pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: November 6th - The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson.

Schusterman-Benson Library - The Mystery Reader Roundtable meets the 1st Thursday of the month, 2:00-4:00pm. Focuses on mystery genre. NEXT UP: November 1st - Come discuss your recent reads and favorites.

South Broken Arrow Library - Beyond the Book meets one Thursday a month, 2:00-3:00pm. Focuses on historical fiction, with some variation. NEXT UP: October 18th - The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve.

South Broken Arrow Library - In the Middle meets the last Monday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. For ages 9-12. Variety of titles and genres in Tween fiction. NEXT UP: October 29th- Call 918-549-7323 for this month's title.

Suburban Acres Library - Sista' Chat Book Club meets every three months, time and date varies. Variety of titles and genres. Call 918-549-7323 for more info on next meeting.

Websites for Book Clubs

This Week's Pick for Book Clubs

The End We Start From 

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

/* Starred Review */ London is under water. People are fleeing the city in panic. An unnamed narrator escapes with her husband and new baby to the family farm, where they survive for a brief time before supplies run out. Then, along with many others, they leave their safe surroundings for the uncertainty of life on the road, eventually ending up in a communal encampment. When the camp also becomes uninhabitable, they continue northward from one shelter to another, until the husband goes off in search of provisions and doesn't return. The wife then links up with another young mother whose husband has disappeared, allowing each of them to help the other with child care and other necessary chores. Amid the chaos, they are able to see their young children grow and flourish just as they might have done in better circumstances. VERDICT The story may seem familiar—the dystopian nightmare, the mass migration, food shortages, an uncertain future—but debut novelist Hunter's spare prose and luminous writing give it a fresh immediacy. (Library Journal)

Programs & Events

Books Sandwiched In - Fall 2018

Grab your lunch and join us as we talk about a variety of interesting books during this 7 part lunchtime series. Books Sandwiched In sessions will be Mondays at 12:10-12:50pm in Aaronson Auditorium at the Central Library (5th & Denver)

Upcoming sessions:

October 15th - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, reviewed by Phoebe Baker, retired TCC psychology professor.

October 22nd - 4th & Boston by Douglas Miller and Steve Gerkin, featuring the book's author Douglas Miller.

October 29th - The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, reviewed by Mike Perkins, director of operations with Up With Trees.

November 5th - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, reviewed by J. Rex Burnett, director of the East Asia Institute.

November 12th - Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, reviewed by Scott Stulen, director Philbrook Museum of Art.

November 19th - Nomadland by Jessica Bruder, reviewed by Travis Lowe, sociology professor at University of Tulsa.

November 26th - A Hilary Mantel sampler, reviewed by Adrian Alexander, dean of the University of Tulsa's McFarlin Library.

Books Sandwiched In

 

An Evening with Sara Paretsky

Join us for an evening of discussion with award-winning mystery author Sara Paretsky as she discusses the latest book in her acclaimed V.I. Warshawski series, Shell Game. A book signing will follow.

This event is brought to you by Booksmart Tulsa and Tulsa City-County Library. Paretsky is the award-winning creator of the V.I. Warshawski detective novels. When Paretsky introduced V.I. in Indemnity Only in 1982, she revolutionized the mystery novel by introducing a female investigator who uses her wits as well as her fists. In Shell Game, Sara Paretsky follows her instant New York Times best-seller Fallout —her most widely read novel in years — with an extraordinary adventure that pits her acclaimed detective, V.I. Warshawski, against some of today’s most powerful figures.

Paretsky will be at the Central Library on Wednesday, October 17th, at 7:00 pm.

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Oklahoma Book Festival

The Oklahoma Center for the Book and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries invite you to the inaugural Oklahoma Book Festival on Saturday, October 20. The event will be held at Oklahoma City's Boathouse District on Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The Festival will feature 50-75 of America’s finest literary talent, panel discussions and author presentations, author book signing tables, children’s storytelling/craft activities/entertainment, renowned chef demonstrations, food trucks, and vendor booths. It is FREE to attend and is a dog-friendly event. Registration is not required but appreciated.

Oklahoma Book Festival

 

Nimrod's 2018 Conference for Readers and Writers

Nimrod International Journal’s 2018 Conference for Readers and Writers will take place October 19th–20th. Featuring nationally known writers and newly discovered award-winners, this conference is also distinctive in that it pairs editors with writers who want individual critiques and guidance in refining their writing.  

October 19th, Nimrod will kick off the Conference with Write Night at the Tulsa Garden Center. Write Night is free and open to the public and will begin with a reception of light bites and a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. Following at 7:00 p.m. will be an Author Chat, reading, and book signing with Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Patricia Smith, author of Blood Dazzler, and winner of the American Book Award and Oklahoma Book Award Rilla Askew, author of Fire in Beulah. The event is co-hosted by Magic City Books and co-sponsored by The University of Tulsa’s Creative Writing program. 

October 20th at 9:30 a.m., Nimrod will host the all-day Conference for Readers and Writers at The University of Tulsa. Participants will have the opportunity to work with over forty distinguished authors and editors at the Conference.  Special guest authors and editors include fiction writer Rilla Askew and poet Patricia Smith, as well as New York Times-bestselling memoirist and poet Jill Bialosky, author of History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life; young adult author Erin Bow, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award winner and author of The Scorpion Rules; romance author Sarah MacLean, two-time RITA Award winner and author of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished; mystery author Julia Thomas, author of The English Boys; poet Kaveh Bassiri, Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency winner; and Carl Engle-Laird, editor at Tor.com Publishing. 

Participants can choose from a wide array of panels and workshops on writing fiction, poetry, memoir, mystery, young adult literature, romance, and science fiction; ways to attract the attention of literary agents and publishers; and more. Those who pre-register and send brief writing samples by October 13th can also have the opportunity to sit down to discuss their work one on one with an experienced editor and/or have an individual critique of a novel pitch. 

For registration forms and more information, including scholarship information, please contact Nimrod at 918-631-3080 or nimrod@utulsa.edu, or visit https://nimrod.utulsa.edu/conference.html.

Nimrod Conference

 

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Staff Picks

Staff Picks from Leah, Laura, Suanne, and Mallory for October 2018

Click here to see what the staff of the Youth Services Department suggest for your reading pleasure this month.

You can see additional lists of staff favorites from previous months here!

 

Book Page Magazine

Book Page Magazine

Pick up a free copy of the BookPage from any Tulsa City-County Library or read the latest issue online at https://bookpage.com.

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Independent Publishing

Independent Publishing

More writers than ever are choosing to independently publish their books. This page provides resources that will help you navigate the world of self-publishing.

Print Books & ebooks available from the library

Organizations

  • Tulsa NightWriters

    The mission of Tulsa NightWriters for sixty years has been to provide a platform for writers of all levels and abilities to receive support, encouragement, and the tools to achieve their writing goals, whether for publication or personal enjoyment through informational and inspirational speakers, networking opportunities with other writers and publishing professionals, help with book promotion, and opportunities to achieve through local and state writing competitions and conferences.

Resources

Websites for Book Lovers