A book discussion from the comfort and safety of your own home!

For each program, participants pick up a copy of the book about a month in advance, and on the program date, a university professor from Oklahoma leads a discussion.

What is different this time is that, in an abundance of caution, Oklahoma Humanities has requested that all programs be held virtually using Zoom.

A copy of each book can be obtained from the library.  We can do this curbside at your request.  What we will need for registration is your name, phone number, and email.

Please call 918-541-2292 if you have any questions about this program.

Spring Discussion 2021           *Take our survey*

“The America Frontier.”  The five Pulitzer Prize-nominated or –winning books in this series all deals with a significant element of settling the region west of the Appalachian Mountains. Each of the books describes a time period crucial to expansion, and all of the narratives include the role of the individual in this process.

Get the discussion flyer here! and the printable survey here!


Schedule & Titles

Thursday, Jan. 21

The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815

by Richard White

In 1992, this book became a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history. Richard White offers an alternative to the traditional interpretations of Fredrick Jackson Turner known as the “The New Western History.” His purpose is to examine Indian/white relations within the context of accommodation and common purpose rather than conquest and assimilation.  Dr. Bill Corbett will lead our discussion. Register


Thursday, Feb. 18

Across the Wide Missouri

by Bernard DeVoto

In 1948, Bernard DeVoto received the Pulitzer Prize for history for this book. Born in Utah and trained as a journalist, DeVoto wrote many books about the American West, each of them designed for the educated middle class, not professional historians. This book provides a comprehensive history of the Rocky Mountain fur trade between 1832- 1839.  Dr. Kurt Lively will lead our discussion.


Thursday, March 18

The Way West

by A. B. Guthrie

A 1950 Pulitzer Prize awardee for fiction, The Way West chronicles the lives of a group of emigrants traveling the Oregon Trail in 1846.  Dr. Brian Cowlishaw will lead our discussion.


Thursday, April 15

Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir

by Linnie Marsh Wolfe

In 1945, Linne Marsh Wolfe received the Pulitzer Prize posthumously for biography for this book. A librarian and archivist by training, Wolfe became engaged in the life of John Muir while cataloging his papers. She met members of his immediate family, and they urged her to write this book. The book spans the period 1825-1914.  Dr. Andrew Vassar will lead our discussion.


Thursday, May 20

The Son

by Philipp Meyer

The Texas frontier entwines with the saga of the McCullough family in Philipp Meyer’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, The Son.  Dr. David Linebarger will lead our discussion.


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