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Life on the Line: The Dodson’s Cafeteria Story Book Signing on Sunday, December 12: at 2:00

December 8, 2010

Forty-Sixth Star Press launches its new book, Life on the Line with the Dodson family signing at South Oklahoma City’s Village on the Green.


Oklahoma Ink: An Uplifting Experience

November 21, 2009

When Publisher Pam and I drove into the circular driveway of the Harwelden Mansion in Tulsa, we were greeted by friendly members of the Tulsa Press Club and wowed by the mansion’s architecture. Built in 1926 by oilman Earl Palmer Harwell and his wife Mary, the place was absolutely beautiful. It was a great site for a fundraiser and author gathering.

Twenty different authors sampled fare from a variety of restaurants. (My personal favorite was the bow tie pasta from Carino’s.) By six o’clock, we were all in our places. I sat next to Robby McMurtry, a graphic novelist and artist whose recent book features Frank Eaton, better known as “Pistol Pete” — the man who was the inspiration for OSU’s college mascot. Robby entertained me with stories about his favorite comic books and talked enthusiastically with Pam about graphic novels. He also let me try on his cowboy hat.

At the end of the table sat Nathan Brown, winner of the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award for poetry. He and Karen Coody Cooper were deep in conversation about religion and spirituality. And on the other side of Nathan sat illustrator Mike Wimmer, tucked into an alcove with floor to ceiling windows and an amazing view of the Arkansas River. He was surrounded by beautiful books, including the one about Will Rogers, written by Frank Keating.

My new friend, Charles Martin, had a plum spot near the front entry. He sold most of his books about a “charismatic, troubled rock musician” involved in an end-of-the-world cult. I think his charismatic smile and hand-painted Converse high-tops helped his sales.

Two hours sped by, and soon we were all putting our books back into boxes and clearing off our tables. Then came one of my favorite moments of the evening when Mike lifted me and then Nathan in a show of strength and creative camaraderie.

What was my other favorite moment? Heading back to Pam’s brother’s restaurant, The Canebrake. Pure bliss.

Sooner Cinema Goes Digital!

November 3, 2009

high res sooner cinema cover Sooner Cinema is now available in a kindle edition (from Amazon)!

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Tulsa Literati Book Fair

November 3, 2009

Forty-Sixth Star Press will person a booth at the first annual Literati Book Fair at Tulsa’s McBirney Mansion at 1414 South Galveston from 11.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 14.  Brint Montgomery, author of the provocative essay on the ghost of Edna Ferber (and the film adaptation of her novel Cimarron), will be reading his essay during the event.

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Edna Ferber (not her ghost)

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Brint Montgomery considering ghosts (and southern gothic)

Red Dirt Book Festival Imagines Sooner Cinema!

November 3, 2009

Editors and contributors to Sooner Cinema will present a discussion of the year long (and successful) book-film project at the 2009 Red Dirt Book Festival in Shawnee on November 6th.  Larry Van Meter, Bill Hagen, and David Charlson have a rich perspective on the Oklahoma imagined in film–both literally and figuratively.  Is this a great state or what?

OKC Screening and Panel Discussion with Sooner Cinema editor and contributors in the 46th Star Auditoruim at the Downtown Ronald J. Norick Library on August 30th!

May 31, 2009

August 30 / Sun / 2 – 5p Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue

Come see a classic “Sooner” movie in the 46th Star Auditorium followed by a panel discussion on the film and other movies about Oklahoma now included in Sooner Cinema Oklahoma Goes to the Movies. The book’s editor and several contributors will be present for a question and answer session after the movie, as well as to sign copies of the book available at a special event and library discount. Please call 231-8650 for more information.

Mingo Creek’s Menagerie (Big Foot, Coco, Alligator Gar, and Lion) at OKC Zoo’s Animal Authors’ Expo

May 30, 2009

Come and meet Greg Rodgers, the author of The Ghost of Mingo Creek, and his menagerie of animal-oriented Oklahoma legends, including Iyi Chito (Big Foot), the brave monkey CoCo, the wily lion escaped from the zoo (in OKC no less!), and that monstrous alligator gar! Greg will sign his book and show off his stories at the second annual ANIMAL AUTHORS EXPO at the Oklahoma City Zoo on July 25th from 8 am to noon. male-lion-face3-tn

Sooner Cinema Events Calendar

May 30, 2009

June 9th, 2009: Book Launch Party at 628 W. Sheridan, OKC, 5:30 pm

June 14th, 2009: Book Signing at Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 N.W. Expressway, OKC, 2:00 pm

June 20: Book Signing at Borders Books and Music, 3209 Northwest Expressway, OKC, 10:00 am

July 15: Circle Cinema 81st Birthday Bash, Sooner Cinema and a Movie, Contributors Larry Van Meter, Katrina Boyd, and Joshua Peck, 12 S. Lewis (1st and Lewis), Tulsa, 7:30 pm

July 17, 2009: Dinner and a Sooner Movie (afternoon as well as evening film screenings, books, and signings), The Canebrake, 33241 East 732nd Road, Wagoner, OK, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 pm

August 30, 2009: Sooner Cinema at Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, OKC, 2:00 pm

Sooner Cinema Launches on Historic Film Row!

May 30, 2009

Our third book launches June 9th at 5:30 in the old Theater Supply Building on Historic Film Row–a part of downtown OKC that is a rich part of cinema history! We’ll be “book-ending” (thank Julie Porter at the OK Film Commission for the term!) deadCenter Film Festival (June 10-14) with our “book-out” and a book signing at Full Circle Book Store (OKC) on Sunday, June 14th at 2:00! Our book launch will give a hungry public their first chance to see the book, meet the editors and a good number of its contributors, get a good dose of Oklahoma film history from book plus location, and taste some wonderful hors d’oeuvres catered by The Canebrake!
(For more about Historic Film District development see: Film Row District

Sooner Cinema: Oklahoma Goes to the Movies Gets Ready for Launch!

April 21, 2009

Our third book, Sooner Cinema: Oklahoma Goes to the Movies–edited by Larry Van Meter (with a Foreword by Gray Frederickson)–nears its June 15 release date!  The book is on the editor’s desk with proofreaders ready to roll out a fun and edgy read:  Sooners responding to the movies that define and sometimes defy the state they call their own.