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Understanding Her Fellow Man

Edit, Nov. 3, 2022: Due to illness, Elizabeth Strout is unable to accept the 2022 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, given by the Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Library Trust. There will not be a Distinguished Author Award bestowed this year since the winner has to be present to receive the award. However, Ann Patchett, 2014 Helmerich Award...

Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award Gala

The Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award is an honor given by the Tulsa Library Trust and Tulsa City-County Library to one author each year. The purpose of said award is to reward and recognize talented, renowned authors who have ”written a distinguished body of work and made a major contribution to the field of literature and letters,” according...

Inspired by Grace

Two decades ago, while waiting on her sons to join her for Christmas in Provincetown, Mass., American novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson suddenly “knew the voice of John Ames,” who would later become one of her most beloved characters. “He just emerged. I was quite surprised,” said Robinson in an interview with Héctor Tobar for The Los Angeles Times 2020...

Making Biographical Hay

Nearly 30 years since leaving the publishing industry to pursue a career as an author, Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff still has difficulty referring to herself as a writer. “The word remains magical for me. Or daunting. Or just plain improbable,” says the internationally renowned, best-selling biographer who worked as an editor at Basic Books, Viking Penguin and Simon &...

Women and Power

Women are shaping Oklahoma’s future. We highlight a handful of the thousands of female leaders vying for change and fighting to make the state – and the world – a better place to live and work. From a philanthropic doctor and a nationally recognized banker to a tribal chief and a civil-rights lawyer, these women are the state’s brave...

Patron Saint of Libraries

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE  Her calendar brims with appointments and get-togethers. PEGGY V. HELMERICH DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR AWARD Award Presentation/Black-Tie Gala 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 Central Library, Fifth Street and Denver Avenue Free Public Presentation 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8 Central Library For more information or to buy tickets to the dinner, visit helmerichaward.org or call 918-549-7323. Her slim build and vibrant facial features defy time and make you recall her films from the early...