Beyond the Book

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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.

Registration for the class: $20 + the price of the book. Those who already have the book need only pay the registration fee. OHOF donors receive a discount, with discount amount listed 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 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.

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 Square Bank collapse and the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Most of all, you will read about how the members of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame embody the pioneering spirit in their own lives and how that spirit earned them Oklahoma’s highest journalistic honor.

Thursday, June 25, 12:30-1:30pm

  • May 29 - Registration Opens
  • Friday, June 19 - Registration Closes
  • Thursday, June 25 - Beyond the Book Event: 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM

About Our Greatest Journalists: Fifty Years of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame

"It is beautiful and full of great stories. It is the kind of book that can be read over time, with each story standing on its own. I really enjoyed strolling through the thumbnail biographies of the inductees. Again, congratulations." - Bob Blackburn

"I ordered the Hall of Fame book and got it within 24 hours. It is absolutely wonderful. The layouts, the stories, and the perspectives of our times. Congratulations to you and your team for pulling it together. Sending you the best and thank you for including me." - Mary Hargrove

"Incredible editing/publishing job. We are personally flattered. Beyond that, at this transitional period, historically (the book) may have captured for all times the essence of (a) half-century of journalism in Oklahoma. … Congratulations." - Joe Carter

"I've enjoyed reading through 'Our Greatest Journalists' several times. I mean it as a compliment -- it's like the old Mad comic books: You see something new and refreshing every time. I'm sure you know what an impact this book will have with future historians and journalists, their families and admirers. It will be a guide to measure history by." - Jon Denton

Future Beyond the Book events are:

  • September 24 - Principles and Perseverance: The Life of Don Nickles with co-authors Bob Burke and Ryan Leonard
  • December 17 - Oklahoma: How We Got the Best State Song with author Bob Burke and Special Guest Governor George Nigh

For more information on Beyond the Book, please contact Lacey Trent at, or at (405) 523-3206.

For more information on the Oklahoma Hall of Fame's publishing program, please contact Gini Campbell at or at (405) 523-3202.