We want to thank everybody for the great response so far to “OKC Second Time Around.” We are proud to share that the book is a finalist in two categories of the upcoming Oklahoma Book Awards; nonfiction and illustration/design. Winners will be announced March 10.
OKC Second Time Around competed against 62 other titles before being selected as a nonfiction finalist, and is one of only two books, by our count, selected as a finalist in more than one category (more than 130 books were entered in the overall competition).
Another thing that makes it especially sweet for us is that a recently-published book about Oklahoma written by a well-known, best-selling author whom we won't name here also is a finalist. We find ourselves in some rare air, and we are awed by our company.
On to other news -- During the next several weeks, we will be making the rounds at local civic groups, sharing our conclusions from researching the history of downtown Oklahoma City and sharing our thoughts on what’s next.
Upcoming appearances soon include:
Central Oklahoma's chapter of the American Institute of Architects
the Downtown Lion's Club.
Later in the year (April, if we recall correctly), we will present our work at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
Oh -- and here's a special TREAT. On Sunday, February 25, The Oklahoman is publishing a special, 12-page special section on the Skirvin Hilton authored by Steve.
It will include rarely-seen historic photos of the hotel, readers' memories, a look at how the public and private sectors came together to bring the landmark back to life, and a look at what’s inside the restored 96-year-old property. The Skirvin Hilton will be “unveiled” to the public on Monday, February 26.