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October 12, 2012

Library to host author Sheldon Russell

Woodward, Okla. — Oklahoma author Sheldon Russell will be the guest speaker at a luncheon held by the Woodward Public Library as part of their Adult Fall Programming.

The luncheon is scheduled for Oct. 22 in the Community Room of the library.

Russell will be there to discuss his most recent book "Dead Man's Tunnel," the third book in his Hook Runyon mystery series.  He will also discuss 2 new books scheduled for release next summer, as well as participate in a Q&A with luncheon attendees.

The luncheon is free to attend but seating is limited, so those interested in attending the event are encouraged to reserve a seat before Oct .18 by contacting the library at 254-8544.

FROM TEACHER TO WRITER

Russell is deeply tied to Oklahoma, having taught in the state for many years, according to his website, sheldonrussell.com.

"I did my practice teaching in Cherokee," said Russell, "and my first teaching position was in Ponca City,  where I taught 7th and 8th grade English.  I was there for 4 years, while completing my doctorate as a reading specialist at Oklahoma State University."

Russell also taught at  the University of Central Oklahoma for 25 years before retiring as a professor of emeritus.

This connection with Oklahoma reflects in his writing.

"They say to write what you know and having grown up in the Gloss Mountains east of Freedom, there’s no place I know like Oklahoma," explained Russell. "This area offers more than enough adventure, weather, and unique characters for a life time of writing."

Northwest Oklahoma now serves as the setting for his Hook Runyon mysteries.

LIBRARY LOOKING FORWARD TO HOSTING AUTHOR

Librarian Cindy Colclasure said the library is excited to now offer Adult Fall Programming to provide activities for its adult patrons.

"So much of our fall events are dedicated to kids," Colclasure said. "This gives us a chance to arrange something that will appeal to adults as well."

In addition, she said the library is happy to host Russell, giving local readers a chance to connect with an area author.

"People that attend may be able to make a special connection with the author," Colclasure said. "After his talk reluctant readers might feel motivated to go out and read his newest book."

Russell, who has been featured at other author presentations in Woodward in the past, is looking forward to returning to the community.

"I’ve spoken to Woodward Library patrons in the past and have found them to be welcoming and interested readers," he said.

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