The Double “R” (Reading Roundup) is an author and book-signing tour which is brought to several public libraries and schools across Oklahoma. It promotes reading and discussion of the books. During the tour, students and library patrons are 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 is 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 will be used to purchase books by Oklahoma Book Award winners or finalists in the children/young adult category. Those books will be 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.
2016 Double “R” Author 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.
2015 Author Tour
The 2015 event featured young adult authors Sonia Gensler and Tara Hudson. Throughout the month of October 2015, Gensler and Hudson traveled to Sulphur, Prague, Blanchard, Piedmont, and Edmond. They did a joint presentation at each town’s public library in the evening. They also visited and presented during the day at local schools. 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.
The Double “R” Author Tour started the fall of 2015 and will conclude fall of 2018.
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.
More author tours to come. Stay informed of new events at www.DoubleR.oklibraries.org.