Saturday, March 27,
Grove City Hall
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Art Anthony | Bob Avey | Donna Barnard | George W. Barton | Marjorie Barton | Jean Bohannan | Phyllis Cole Braunlich | Ronald Gene Brock V|elda Brotherton | Marsha Coles | Carrie Ann Cook | Fredrea Gregath Cook | Steve Cottrell
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"As the Civil War draws to a close, the desperate Confederate army drafts fifteen-year-old Art Logging in place of his dying father. Sulphur River follows Art and his friend Darrell Stroud through their service in the Red River campaign and into their journey to make men of themselves. Art's keen eye for business opportunities in the midst of a crumbling nation and Darrell's resourceful support could set both boys up for a comfortable life in Northeast Texas. If only it were that simple.
Art and Darrell aren't the only ones looking to take advantage of chaos in the South in the mid-1860s. They must navigate their cotton, cattle, and horses around Confederate deserters, a crooked lawyer, and their own passions to reach the markets where they are most likely to make a profit. The boys find natural allies among neighboring farmers and a few unnatural allies in escaped slaves, Indians, and even Union soldiers.
Author Art Anthony has loaded Sulphur River with research into the history, culture, and economics of the eastern edge of the Old West. Those interested in Civil War history or pioneer stories will especially appreciate the adventures of Art Logging.
Art Anthony was born and raised in Goose Creek, Texas and now resides in Tuttle, Oklahoma. He retired in 2005 after twenty-three years in education. The last ten years he was superintendent of South Fork School district in Kincaid, Illinois. He moved to Oklahoma to be near his two grandsons. Art again began teaching for Oklahoma City public schools at Southern Hills Elementary. Earlier in his career Art was involved in agriculture manufacturing and marketing. He has four children and six grandchildren.
Books featured at this Festival:
Beneath A Buried House: Things aren't always what they seem. Tulsa Police Detective, Kenny Elliot's quest to uncover the truth behind the death of a transient makes him a target from whom or what he isn't sure. When he brushes the dirt from the surface of an apparent John Doe overdose case, he finds a labyrinth of misdirection and deception beneath, and a trail, which leads him to an encounter with an aberration in human nature, the likes of which he's not prepared to deal with. Drawing on the strength of character, and a sense of right and wrong, he wrestles with deep personal feelings to solve the case.
Twisted Perception: Porter Oklahoma holds a dark secret, and troublesome dreams plague Tulsa Police Detective, Kenny Elliot, who grew up in the small town. When a bizarre murder catapults Elliot into his past, he's brought face to face with the fabric of his nightmares. A shiny necklace dangles from the rearview mirror of the vehicle where Lagayle Zimmerman, the victim, is discovered. Risking his job and his sanity, Elliot digs into his past and faces his demons to expose the truth.
Bob Avery is the author of the Kenny Elliot mystery series, which includes Twisted Perception, released April 2006, and Beneath a Buried House, June 2008, several short stores and various non-fiction articles. He lives with his wife and son in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where he works as an accountant in the petroleum industry, and when he's not writing or researching mystery writing techniques, he spends his free time prowling through dusty antique shops looking for the rare or unusual, or roaming through ghost towns, searching for echoes from the past. Through his writing, which he describes as a blend of literary and genre, he explores the intricacies and extremities of human nature.
Bob is a member of The Tulsa NightWriters, The Oklahoma Writers Federation (active board member for 2006), The Oklahoma Mystery Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.
When Gwen Collins left Oklahoma to become a fashion designer, she planned on never coming back. Then she receives word that her father has died, willing her the family ranch. Gwen returns to her childhood home to sell the ranch and is surprised to find one small stipulation: Before she can inherit, she must live on and work the ranch for one year. She's about to give it all up and return to Dallas when she meets Bo Bohanan, a neighboring rancher, who agrees to help Gwen cope with daily ranch life.
Donna Barnard's The Making of Okie follows Gwen on a yearlong adventure of self-discovery, submission to God's will, and even a little romance. As Gwen learns to rely on Bo's help with the simplest of tasks, she struggles with the loss of her independence and the humility it takes to yield to the will of God. From little red sports cars to rusty trucks and lazy horses, readers young and old will find out the real way to make an Okie.
Do you know who you are and why you are here on the earth, as a mortal, for this given period of time?
Did you know that you are the energy force called spirit life that joined up with a form of chemical life?
Do you know how and why your part called spirit life steers the flesh house, which is chemical life, into all varieties of environments and from those chosen environments comes a form of force with eternal substance that makes you, You. Author George Barton will show you how these earthly exposures become a part of You and will continually affect only your existence.
Read about chemical life compared to spirit life and discover fulfillment that can be enjoyed during this mortal life with no regrets. For with you in charge, no longer do you have to be a victim of circumstances.
You the mortal was written with the hope and prayer that whosoever reads this on-going story will give serious thought to who they are and why they are here. Because each and every spirit life will exist somewhere for eternity after being released from their chemical body.
The decision you make today about this book will affect your life today and years to come. You may or may not be able to correct the past for the better, but you will be exposed to a simple method for improving your life the rest of this day and days to come.
So, this day, will you take charge of your life and prove to yourself that you are a winner?
This is a sequel to Winning in the Second Half. Everyone can be a winner and enjoy life through total participation. More suggestions and inspiration to be a winner in life. Chapter headings of STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, WAIT, SING, etc. make this another read worthy of your time. The book will be available soon.
Recipient of the Oklahoma Heritage Distinguished Service Award for
Preservation of State
1976. 7x9", hardbound book, 196 pages. A fascinating memoir of the early days of the Grove and Delaware County, Oklahoma area containing photos, maps, documents and over sixty illustrations
Phyllis Cole Braunlich
Blane was raised in Broken Arrow. He wrote lyrics to hundreds of songs for Broadway plays and movies. He's best known for the songs (with composer Hugh Martin) in the 1944 Judy Garland film "Meet Me in St. Louis", including "The Boy Next Door", "The Trolly Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".
A journalist, author and university English instructor, Braunlich has published widely in newspapers, magazines, literary journals and books. She earned a Journalism degree and M.A. in English from the University of Tulsa. She continues to write in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Phyllis has written two other biographies previous to the Blaine title. She'll have a few copies of her first biography "Haunted by Home: The Life and Letters of Lynn Riggs" 1988). This Oklahoma playwright's "Green Grow the Lilacs" was the basis for Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical " Oklahoma!"
Ronald Gene Brock
This book is not written for Christians alone, but is written for anyone who desires to know the near future. Study helps and materials are listed along with instructions which will give any one the means to understand even the most difficult scriptures in the Bible, which is the most accurate of any book on end time events.
With many books on the subject, none are as telling and straight forward as Rapture and Revelation. While there are many fears concerning the end times, author R G. Brock embarks on the task to unravel the mysteries of the Rapture and Revelation.
While attending Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, R G. Brock had the privilege of being taught by well-known author and teacher brother Kenneth Hagin, Sr. who has since went home to be with Jesus. After being inspired by one of Hagin's lectures, Brock obeyed his strong urge to write a book on the end times.
This heart-gripping treatise will guide you into the truth as you uncover the mystery of the end of times. This book is written to give you a clear incite into the end of this age. The end begins with peace when a worldwide 7 year peace agreement is signed in the next few years which will be backed by a one world government run by the United Nations. Then in the middle of the 7 year period, the peace agreement will be broken and all hell literally breaks loose which leads to a time of trouble such as never has been or ever will be again. During this time of the last 3 ½ years, which is called great tribulation, most of the people on the earth will die. However, if you are a Christian you will not go through this terrible time.
You will find this book is the most in-depth study on what is called 'the rapture,' which is the catching away of the Christians to not go through great tribulation, and you will find that it is by far the most in-depth study of 'The Revelation' which shows what will happen during this time of great trouble.
R. G. was born June 1, 1941 in Tulare, CA. Half the author's relatives are in Oklahoma and half are in California. He graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in 1994. Two years of higher learning through collage has also served him well.
Books featured at this Festival:
Fly With the Mourning Dove: a finalist in the 2008 WILLA presented by Women Writing the West. A welcome addition to turn-of-the-century "civilized" memoirs that draws us into the lives of two women who helped shape the West. Endearing.
The Boston Mountains: Lost in the Ozarks: the lost communities, the early settlers and their lives. It also includes 137 photographs, some dating back to the late 1800s. (To Be Published March, 2010)
Arkansas Meals and Memories: a combination cookbook of authentic early Ozark recipes and stories of the Boston Mountains of the Ozarks. (To Be Published March, 2010)
A native of Arkansas, Velda was raised in Wichita and lived in New York for a while. Brotherton has returned to Arkansas where she lives with her husband on acreage in the Ozark National Forest. Fellow western writer Dusty Richards has influenced her career more than anyone. He never let Velda give up, no matter what. He always told her, "The road to success is littered with quitters," and she has never forgotten that.
Carrie Ann Cook is a published author, illustrator and free-lance photographer. She holds an AA and BS in Elementary Education. Having certified for teaching in several states, she has taught elementary grades as well as genealogy, writing and computer classes at the Northeast Technology Center, Afton, Oklahoma. She has also served the Miami (Oklahoma) Public Library as Genealogy and Local History Specialist. Currently, she is the publisher at Gregath Company, Inc. and Webmaster to assorted sites. Carrie has been active in various service and lineal organizations throughout the years. Today she is serving the Oklahoma Division UDC for the 2008-2010 administration as state Historian as well as several assorted chapter offices in other organizations. At the age of 40, she has been public speaking on genealogical, historical and writing/publishing topics for nearly two decades. A life long learner, she enjoys new insights offered while attending educational opportunities both nation-wide and in Oklahoma.
Publications In Progress - Ottawa County Families, Volume IV; various indexing projects, etc.
Fredrea Gregath Cook, Immediate Past President of Gregath Publishing Company, is the third generation in her family involved in both genealogical and historical research, writing, teaching, lecturing, and touring, as well as the printing and publishing industry. She is a published author of genealogical and historical material, including college level textbooks and has developed and taught genealogical research and writing courses of study at colleges and universities. Fredrea has been lecturing for over 40 years. She is active in numerous genealogical, historical, patriotic, lineal and professional organizations, as well as local community groups. In 2008, she was elected to a two year term on the Genealogical Speakers Guild Board of Directors.
Publications In Progress - History of the Seneca Indian School; Ottawa County Families, Volume IV; various historical publication preservation projects
Books featured at this Festival:
Civil War in Texas and New Mexico Territory: Many heroic actions were taken by Hispanic soldiers who have not gotten much recognition for their efforts. 112 pages, map, Appendix, Bibliography, photos, illustrated by Andy Thomas ($12.95/pb).
Civil War in the Indian Territory: From the bloody battle of Wilson's Creek in August 1861 until surrender June 1865, the Civil War in Indian Territory proved to be a test of endurance. 112 pages, maps, Bibliography, index, illustrated by Andy Thomas, forward by Whit Edwards ($12.95/pb).
Civil War in the Ozarks, Cowritten by Phillip W. Steele: According to the New York Times, the Ozarks were the site of "the first serious conflict between the US troops and the rebels." 136 pages, map, Appendix, Bibliography, index (revised, $14.95/pb).
Civil War in Tennessee: This illustrated history begins with Shiloh, Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga, and Stones River and ends with the terrible carnage that was Franklin. 144 pages, map, Appendix, Bibliography, illustrated by Andy Thomas ($14.95/pb).
Haunted Ozark Battlefields: The author researched battlefields across the Ozarks while he participated in hundreds of re-enactment events. In the soldiering process, over the years, he has gathered some great stories and excellent pictures. Many from his vast, personal collection are found in this new book ($12.95/pb).
Steve Cottrell is a former high school teacher and a graduate of Missouri Southern State College and Pittsburg State University. As an author, his work, published by Pelican Publishing Company, focus on Civil War history. Steve has been active in battlefield preservation and monument projects. He has been a consultant for the History Channel and quoted and referenced in the nationally respected periodical, "Civil War Times." Steve is a member of the Missouri Civil War Reenactors Association, Inc. He ahs participated as an extra in battle scenes for several films including the Emmy Award winning television miniseries, North and South, and he Academy Award winning epic motion picture, Glory. Also he and his son Grant participated in the action scenes for the acclaimed National Park Service film, Thunder in the Ozarks, shown everyday to visitors at beautiful Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas.
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