Lorrie Ann Paden, 53

Born May 27, 1965

Died July 20, 2018

Carol Lee Preston, 75

Born January 9, 1943

Died July 19, 2018

Barbara J. Hammond, 80

Born June 30, 1938

Died July 18, 2018

Bonnie Jane Harrison, 93

Born May 17, 1925

Died July 18, 2018

Scharyl Celeste Gates, 61

Born August 24, 1956

Died July 18, 2018


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Monday, December 4, 2017, 8:56 AM

Shop for the readers on your gift list or for yourself and meet the authors at the same time when Muskogee Public Library hosts its third annual Good Reads for Christmas: A Local Author Signing Event. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 9, on the first floor of the library. At least 16 authors are scheduled to attend.

The selection features various types of reading for different age groups. The offering includes history, children, historical fiction, young adult, Christian, biography, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, poetry, and thrillers.

Betty Smith Ridge, whose book, Deadlines, details stories from her years as a journalist in Muskogee and Tahlequah will appear alongside fellow former Muskogee journalist Liz McMahan, who will introduce her newest book on the history of Yonkers. Dan Reynolds, retired McAlester Prison warden, has a selection of nonfiction derived from his years in correctional work. Leif M. Wright, publisher of, is also a traditionally published nonfiction and fiction author of Deadly Vows, Minister of Justice and Robby the R-Word.

Award-winning artist and author Merv Jacob and Brenda Duvall will join Jonita Mullins, local author of historical Indian Territory fiction and creator of a calendar with photographs of area sites.

Gary Babb is known for his science fiction creations, Earth is Ours and Dark Angels of Zeus. He is also the author of a biography on Chief A.D. Ellis, People’s Warrior.

The historically-minded will welcome Tyrone Wilson and his book, Oklahoma Black Cherokees. He combined efforts with Karen Coody Cooper to present compelling stories of Black Cherokee people.

Poetry will be among the selections this year with Rae Neal presenting her first book, Midnight Melodies: From the Rivers and Seas of Life.

Others include Bob Mueller, thriller/suspense; Sarah Ashwood, family-friendly fantasy for PT-13 and older; Christian worship leader Dennis Jernigan, fiction and non-fiction; Ranee’ La Viness, nonfiction, fiction and children’s; Stephanie Handley, Christian fiction.

Attendees are invited to have cookies and punch. Additional authors may also be in attendance.

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