The Woodward Public Library is one of 65 stops on the Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma project designed to give literature a prime role in the state’s centennial celebration

Dayna Dunbar, Yukon native, will be here to talk about her book, “The Saints and Sinners of Okay County.”

The program in Woodward is Oct. 10 and will start at noon, said Connie Terry, librarian. It will probably last around an hour and a half.

“The author will also have books for sale and will autograph them,” Terry said.

The program is open to anyone who wants to attend but you need to contact the library by Oct. 5, Terry said. Lunch will be provided.

“We’re very excited about the program,” Terry said. “I think it will be a great opportunity.”

The program is patterned after the One Book projects that have been sponsored across the nation, but the Oklahoma project promotes books with Oklahoma themes. Also, Oklahoma readers decide through an online vote the book they will read and discuss each year and Dunbar’s book was this year’s choice.

This is the third year for the program, and the first time it has come to Woodward. Organizers said more than 7,000 people attended the programs in the past two years.

Dunbar’s book is the story of Aletta Honor, a hardscrabble heroine in 1970’s small town Oklahoma who must foster her hidden talents and strengths to reclaim her life and help her family survive.

Dunbar says the book is partially inspired by real events and times from her childhood years in Yukon.

“Writing ‘the Saints and Sinners of Okay County’ was a revelation for me, because prior to that I hadn’t written about my life or about Oklahoma.

“I feel so blessed by the people of Oklahoma and I can’t wait to meet readers from all the places I’ll visit on the tour this year.”

Dunbar said she’s especially interested in meeting high school students and other young people who may be searching for their place in the world.

“I want to use my experience to help people get motivated to follow their dream,” she said. “I particularly want to show young people that no matter their background or where they’re from, they can follow their hearts desire and find success.”

Copes of Dunbar’s new novel, “The Wings that Fly Us Home,” will also be available. “Wings” is a sequel to the first novel.

Woodward isn’t the only Northwest Oklahoma stop for the tour.

On Oct. 9, Dunbar will be at Northwestern Oklahoma State University at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 in the Struckle Education Center.

Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma is sponsored by among others, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Humanities Council and the Oklahoma Centennial Commission.

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