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Rilla Askew to host national release of book in library event


RillaOklahoma author Rilla Askew comes to the Norman Public Library for the national book release party for her latest work, “Kind of Kin,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Rooms A and B of the library, 225 N. Webster Ave.

The evening will include a reading by Askew at 7 p.m., sales of the book and a chance to meet the author and have a book signed by her. The event marks the first national release party of a book ever hosted at the library, and it includes a chance to meet one of the state’s noted authors.


Askew was the recipient of the Oklahoma Center for the Book’s 2011 Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually for outstanding contribution to literature by an Oklahoma author. Her first novel, “The Mercy Seat” was a PEN/Faulkner Award nominee and won an Oklahoma Book Award in 1998. “Kind of Kin” is the fourth novel she’s penned since, a group that includes the Oklahoma Book Award-winning “Harpsong” in 2008.

During that time, she had a stint in Norman from 2005 to 2008, serving as the celebrity writer-in-residence at the University of Oklahoma Honors College. She also has taught at Syracuse University, Brooklyn College, the University of Central Oklahoma and University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She is a longtime area library supporter and one of the founding donors with the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

 “Kind of Kin” is inspired by the push of legislation made in 2007 in the Oklahoma State Legislature to toughen immigration laws in the state, and the reaction caused for those personally affected by the legislation.

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