Let's Talk About It!

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“Let’s Talk About It” is a program of Oklahoma Humanities (OH) that strives to connect community members through literature and meaningful conversations. Each program includes a presentation on one book by an Oklahoma humanities scholar, followed by small group book discussions. The library is currently partnering with the Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar to regularly offer a "Let's Talk About It" series, with the library having one in the spring and the Sheerar in the fall.

Spring 2024: Oklahoma Private Investigations

Stillwater Public Library’s newest community reading series delves into mystery and crime with a local flair. “Let’s Talk About It: Oklahoma Private Investigations” gives readers the opportunity to discuss five crime-themed books set in Oklahoma from Feb. 22 through May 31. 

REGISTRATION IS FULL. Email askalibrarian@stillwater.org or call (405) 372-3633 x8106 to be added to the waitlist. Space is limited due to the number of books available to borrow. (Unlike some community reading series, "Let's Talk About It" books are borrowed and are not for participants to keep.) Interested individuals do not have to be able to attend all five programs to participate. Registrants may pick up a copy of the first book at the Help Desk.

All of the following take place on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Book discussion questions for each session are coming soon.

February 22: “The  Old Buzzard Had It Coming” by Donis Casey
Scholar: Dr. Bill Hagen, retired Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University & creator of the OK PI theme for LTAI
Book Description: Set in eastern Oklahoma during early statehood, Alafair Tucker, a strong pioneer wife and mother, tries to solve the murder of a neighbor. The neighbor’s son emerges as a suspect, and he also happens to be romantically involved with Tucker’s daughter.
Discussion Questions: Click here to download

March 14: “Letter from Home” by Carolyn Hart
Scholar: Shanley Wells-Rau, MFA in Creative Writing and Poetry and instructor at OSU
Book Description: The book follows a young girl of 14 who gets an apprenticeship at a local newspaper in a small town in northeastern Oklahoma during WWII and becomes personally involved in a murder investigation. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, the novel also received the 2003 Agatha Award for Best Mystery Novel. 

April 11: “Capitol Offense” by William Bernhardt
Scholar: Author William Bernhardt
Book Description: Detective Kincaid attempts to defend a college professor who has all the known facts stacked against him. Set in Tulsa, the author presents legal questions and a criminal conspiracy that could erupt in any large city.

May 2: “Twisted Perception” by Bob Avey
Scholar:  Dr. Andrew Vassar, English Professor at Northeastern State University
Book Description: This title is the second in the “Detective Kenny Elliot” series that follows an outsider police detective as he continues to cope with a mysterious death from his past, one that turned him into a suspect. There are numerous recognizable Oklahoma locations in Tulsa, Stillwater and other small towns that Avey uses to embody present-day Oklahoma. (Note: the library has the entire series.)

May 30: “The American Café” by Sara Sue Hoklotubbe
Scholar: Dr. Traci Floreani, English Professor at Oklahoma City University
Book Description: The novel takes place in and around the Cherokee Nation, focusing on heroine Sadie Walela, who decides to pursue her dream of opening a restaurant with no idea that murder is on the menu. The story focuses on small-town Oklahoma life, enriched by the protagonist’s Cherokee culture and history.

The library is excited to offer some companion programs on the topic of crime and investigations in Oklahoma. More information about these programs will be coming soon. 

Let's Talk About It Documents

About Our Sponsors

Books, services and other materials for this series are provided by Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH. Generous funding and support for this series are also provided by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, McCasland Foundation, Oklahoma City Community Foundation and Oklahoma City University. For more information about OH, visit okhumanities.org

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  1. Adult Help Desk

    Phone: (405) 372-3633 x8106

  1. Emily States

    Phone: (405) 372-3633 x8102