The Woodward News

November 8, 2013

Library program features Sheldon Russell


Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Author Sheldon Russell will be in Woodward on Friday, Nov. 15 to give a program at the Conference Center.

Russell's appearance is part of the adult programming offered by the Woodward Public Library. Reservations are needed by Nov. 12, said Cindy Colclasure with the library.

The luncheon is set for noon and Russell will highlight his newest releases, “The Dig” and “The Hanging of Samuel Ash.”

A former English teacher, Russell retired as a professor emeritus from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2000.  

Russell published his first novel, Empire, in 1993 with Evans Publications, Inc.  He followed that suspense novel with two historic frontier titles-The Savage Trail (Pinnacle Books 1993) and Requiem at Dawn (Pinnacle Books, 2000). Requiem at Dawn was a finalist for Best Original Paperback in the 2001 Western Writers of America., Spur Awards competition.

In 2006, the University of Oklahoma Press released Dreams to Dust A Tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush, which won the Oklahoma Book Award in Fiction and was selected as an Official Oklahoma Centennial Project.  With The Yard Dog: A Mystery (Minotaur Books, September 2009), Russell introduced the Hook Runyon series.

The first book finds Hook investigating a murder at an Oklahoma railroad yard near a German POW camp during WW II.

There will be plenty of time following Russell’s presentation to purchase books and obtain autographs.

For more information about Russell or the luncheon arrangements, please call the library at 580-254-8544.