The Reading Roundup (Double R) Tour was an author and book-signing tour which was brought to several public libraries and schools across Oklahoma. It promoted reading and discussion of the books. During the tour, students and library patrons were able to meet the authors, hear about writing techniques, learn the stories behind the books, get recommendations on others books in the genre, ask questions and get books signed.
The Double “R” Author Tour was held in conjunction with a $40,000 grant the Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ Office of Library Development received from the Reading Trust. The $40,000 was used to purchase books by Oklahoma Book Award winners or finalists in the children/young adult category. Those books were placed in all 219 public libraries across the state. “It was just a natural fit to include an author tour that allows us to showcase Oklahoma’s rich literary heritage,” said Connie Armstrong executive director of the Oklahoma Center for the Book in the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
About the 2018 Tour
The 2018 Reading Roundup Tour featured award-winning author Lutricia Clifton and illustrator Christopher Nick. Winner of the 2017 Oklahoma Book Award for Young Adults, Lutricia Clifton highlighted her book Seeking Cassandra. It is a sweet coming-of-age story. Christopher Nick, illustrator of the 2017 Children’s book award-winning title, led discussions and activities emphasizing the book Dust Storm. It is about eleven-year-old Clara who lives on a farm in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. Clifton’s 2018 Reading Roundup tour stops were in Bristow, Capitol Hill, Cleveland, Pawhuska, and Wagoner. Nick visited Apache, Hennessey, Marlow, Okeene, and Woodward.
About the 2017 Tour
The 2017 Tour featured presentations and book-signings by award-winning authors, Alton Carter and Cynthea Liu. Carter’s young adult book, The Boy Who Carried Bricks, follows his life as a young man who perseveres even while facing the uphill challenges of growing up in the foster care system. Liu’s children’s book, Bike On, Bear!, describes what happens when a young bear wants to learn to ride a bike. They visited towns across Oklahoma with fun and engaging events for kids, teens and parents. Carter made appearances in Claremore, Stratford, Elk City, Tecumseh and Watonga. Liu had events in Wister, Tuttle, Miami, Tahlequah and Tonkawa.
About the 2016 Tour
Fall 2016, children’s book author/illustrator Hannah E Harrison, highlighted the book Extraordinary Jane – written and illustrated by her. The tour also included young adult book author, Roy Deering. He featured his first book, Finders Keepers. The book tour also celebrated the late author Greg Rodgers, author of Chukfi Rabbit’s Big, Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale. All three are 2015 Oklahoma Book Award winners. They presentations at each town’s public library in the evening. They also visited and presented during the day at local schools.
About the 2015 Tour
The 2015 event featured young adult authors Sonia Gensler and Tara Hudson. They did joint presentations public libraries and schools in Oklahoma. Gensler and Hudson’s books focus on paranormal subjects which were well received by both young adult and adult readers. Hudson is the author of Hereafter, Arise, and Elegy. Gensler is the author of The Revenant (winner of the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award), The Dark Between, and Ghostlight.
“Each library developed a special program or event to coincide with the author visits,” said ODL children and youth librarian Adrienne Butler.
See more about the tour at DoubleR.OKLibraries.Org.
The Double R Author Tour is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Oklahoma Center for the Book, Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO), and Best of Books.