Friday, Dec. 6, 8-10 p.m.

Winter in Oklahoma is filled with innumerable rides on the Doppler roller coaster. One day you’re walking the dog in shorts (like Monday) and days later, you’re hauling kitty litter to the trunk of your car (um, today). The snow is on its way, but hopefully it won’t thwart the efforts of one Colleen McCarty, a communications specialist at Bama Companies, blogger and now author of her first book Mounting the Whale, set for launch Friday, Dec. 6, at an event from 8-10 p.m. Describing her book, McCarty asks if you like “awkwardness, taxidermy, overlapping kisses, fraught sea-travel adventures and kidnapping plots.” The answer: Yes. Friday’s scheduled launch party includes prize giveaways (an Amazon Kindle, antique whale harpoon, gift card bouquet and pieces from White Faux Taxidermy among them) and goodie bags. Head for The Phoenix at the corner of Sixth Street and Peoria Avenue to get in on the fun. For more, visit McCarty’s blog at

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