COALGATE — The Coal County Public Library is proud to host author and Oklahoma native Dayna Dunbar as she brings her statewide tour to Coalgate on Monday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m.

The author of “The Saints and Sinners of Okay County” and “The Wings That Fly Us Home” will be making more than 65 presentations in public libraries around the state this spring and fall as part of Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma. This centennial literary program, sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, was conceived to give literature an important role in the state’s centennial celebration.

Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma promotes books with Oklahoma themes and the yearly selections are chosen by Oklahoma readers through an online vote. The author of the selected book is invited to tour the state.

The Coalgate Library has also hosted Billie Letts, author of “The Honk and Holler Opening Soon,” and Time Tingle, author of “Walking the Choctaw Road: Stories from Red People Memory.” These were the selections chosen by readers in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

Readers selected Dunbar’s “The Saints and Sinners of Okay County” as the 2006 Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma book. It’s the story of Aletta Honor, a wife and mother in 1970’s small town Oklahoma, who must draw upon all her hidden talents and strengths in order to reclaim her life and help her family survive.

Aletta travels a path to self-discovery in the book and Dunbar is especially interested in meeting high school students and other young people who may be searching for their place in the world. “I want to use my experience to help people get motivated to follow their own dream. I particularly want to show young people that no matter their background or where they’re from, they can follow their hearts desire and find success.”

Those attending Dunbar’s presentation at the library will hear more about the author’s writing life, and they’ll also be able to purchase copies of “The Saints and Sinners of Okay County” and the new novel “The Wings That Fly Us Home.”

“Wings” is a sequel to the first novel and the plot follows Aletta on the next stage of her journey.

Dunbar currently lives in Arizona but makes frequent trips to the Sooner State to visit family and friends and to find new inspirations for her writing. “I’m honored to tell stories about Oklahoma and her people and to share stories with the rest of the world.”

Dunbar’s tour is also being sponsored by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission, the Kerr Foundation and the Inasmuch Foundation. This program is funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH

For additional information about Dayna Dunbar’s visit, contact the library at (580) 927-2674. More information about the Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma program may be found at www.okreadsok.org.

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