Author Lou Berney to speak to writing group

Long and Faraway GoneNorman Public Library Central welcomes teen and adult writers to its two writing groups, meeting next on Sunday, Dec. 11.

The "Write On!" group meets at 3 p.m., and this month's gathering includes a visit from author Lou Berney.

Berney is the author of The Long and Faraway Gone. He will talk about the book and his writing career, which has included a 2016 Oklahoma Book Award and ALA Reading Award.

The presentation will be preceded by a Writers' Critique Group, meeting at 2 p.m. Adults or teens may be part of that group, where discussion of what participants are working on will be the focus.

Registration is not required in advance.

2nd Friday Adult Story Time features "Cracked Christmas" stories

Books byUnsplashNorman Public Library Central is part of the Norman Arts Council's 2nd Friday Circuit of Art with its monthly 2nd Friday Adult Story Time, next taking place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

This month brings a holiday theme with a twist. "Cracked Christmas" brings a variety of holiday stories performed by Norman Central staff and other special guests. Readings may contain mature content.

Ages 12 and up are invited to attend, and snacks will be provided.

Registration is not required in advance.

Show off your holiday trivia knowledge

Holiday byWokandpixNorman Public Library Central mashes together the holiday season with an entertaining trivia game in an evening of Ho-Ho Holiday Trivia, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Lowry Room.

Trivia buffs may compete individually, or on teams of up to five people. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishing teams.

Refreshments will be provided for participants, and registration is not required in advance.

Teens ages 12 and up or adults may compete.

Author of new Jack Ryan novel to visit the library

True Faith coverBest of Books, Edmond's long-standing independent bookseller, and the Pioneer Library System are partnering for an evening with New York Times best-selling author Mark Greaney for a visit and book signing at Norman Public Library Central. The event takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Lowry Room.

His latest novel, TOM CLANCY TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE: A Jack Ryan Novel, will debut on Dec. 6, the day before the presentation. In the novel, Greaney displays his ability to hit the trifecta of what makes a great Clancy book: terrific characters combined with edge-of-your-seat action scenes and the over-the-horizon prescience about world.

Greaney's fourth installment in the No. 1 New York Times-bestselling series has President Jack Ryan, after years of facing international threats, learning that the greatest dangers always come from within. True Faith and Allegiance has already garnered fantastic early praise from Publishers Weekly ("Tom Clancy fans should welcome Greaney's fast-paced fourth solo Jack Ryan novel ...

More than satisfy[ing].") and Kirkus Reviews ("Tense, fast-paced action reels out ripped-from-headlines homeland terror attacks. A generation past Red October, the America-hating bad guys have added spyware, hacking, the dark web, and Bitcoins to those ubiquitous AK-47s.")

With Tom Clancy, Greaney also has co-authored Locked On, Threat Vector, and Command Authority. Greaney has written five books in his own Gray Man series: The Gray Man, On Target, Ballistic, Dead Eye, and Back Blast.

Books will be available for purchase at the event. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Oklahoma Center for the Book, with the funds earmarked for the center's Oklahoma Book Festival and Oklahoma Teen Book Festival (TeenCon).

Celebrate the end of NaNoWriMo with a party

BookDefsmAll the hard work for writers participating in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is about to come to a successful close. Or perhaps, a not-so-successful one.

Either way, it's time for writers to catch their breath after a frantic month of writing as Norman Public Library Central welcomes exhausted authors to its NaNoWriMo TGIO (Thank God It's Over) Party, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Lowry Room.

It's a chance to celebrate accomplishments, mourn defeat, or perhaps a bit of both, in an audience of fellow writers who have just undertaken NaNoWriMo themselves.

Teens ages 12 and up or adults are invited, and attendees are encouraged to bring food to share for a potluck event. Registration in advance is not required to participate.