Beyond the Book

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Register today for the next Beyond the Book presentation on December 17th!

Join us for lively discussions about your favorite books from Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing. Discussions feature authors, editors, and book subjects. Hear the insider stories and ask your burning questions! Discussions are offered virtually, via Zoom. It is recommended that you join with a computer with speakers. A webcam and microphone are not required. You will ask your questions in the chat feature.

Advance registration is required. Purchase of the book is not required to participate in the program. Books can still be purchased through the registration form; shipping can also be paid for on the registration form. Those who register for the entire year’s discussions at one time will receive a special bonus—books autographed by the authors!

Books and postage options are included on the registration form. Books can be picked up at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum or mailed for an additional cost of $5 flat rate postage. Please register at least 10 days before the event date to ensure receipt by mail of the book prior to the discussion.

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December 17 - Oklahoma: How We Got the Best State Song

Join us for a Beyond the Book discussion with author Bob Burke and Governor George Nigh on Thursday, December 17, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. Today, “Oklahoma” is the most recognizable state song nationwide and abroad. This books tells the story of two early songs that were sung with pride by thousands of Oklahomans and the unbelievable tale of how difficult it was in 1953 for a young McAlester legislator to pass a bill to make “Oklahoma” the official state song.

Registration for Discussion = $0

Book = $28.95 (book purchase not required for discussion...

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September 24th - Principles and Perseverance: The Life of Don Nickles

Join us for a Beyond the Book discussion with co-authors Bob Burke, Ryan Leonard and Don Nickles. Don Nickles rose higher and wielded more influence in Congress than any other Oklahoma Republican in history. His political career ran for a quarter of a century and took him from the back bench of the Oklahoma State Senate to the No. 2 position in the United States Senate. As the youngest Republican ever elected to the U.S. Senate, Nickles never lost an election and helped turn the Oklahoma Republican Party into the powerful force it is today. His pleasant personality and refusal to make...


June 25th - Our Greatest Journalists: Fifty Years of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame

Our first Beyond the Book meeting will be with lead editor, Joe Hight, and contributing writers Joe Carter and Billie Rodely, to discuss Our Greatest Journalists: Fifty Years of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.

In Our Greatest Journalists you will read not only about the history of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame and its 468 inductees to date, but also how its members helped shape Oklahoma’s rich history. Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame members had many defining moments in their careers, from the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Watergate to the Penn...


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