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September 30, 2019

Contact: Larry O’Dell
Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-6676

Oklahoma History Center to Host “An Evening with Max Weitzenhoffer”

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma History Center will host the launch of the latest book from Full Circle Press, “To The Max: Max Weitzenhoffer’s Magical Trip From Oklahoma To New York and London—And Back,” with a program and book signing on Wednesday, October 9. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center, located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City.

“To The Max” was written by Tom Lindley and published by Full Circle Press, a division of Full Circle Bookstore. An Oklahoma native, Weitzenhoffer became a renowned Broadway producer and London theatre owner before returning to Oklahoma and settling in Norman.

Lindley and Weitzenhoffer will be interviewed on stage by Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, followed by an audience Q & A session, Oct. 9. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., with a book signing to follow at 6:30 p.m. The event is free to the public, and copies of the book will be available for purchase.

From the book’s dustjacket flap: “More often, producers who make it big on Broadway start their climb from the lower East Side, not the raucous American frontier. Even fewer go on to become one of the most successful theatre owners in the storied West End of London. A third-generation Oklahoman, Max Weitzenhoffer’s life story is as unique and colorful as you will find, a remarkable blend of risk-taking, glamour and glitz that has been enriched by saloon keepers, oil wildcatters, wealthy art patrons, artists and Broadway and Hollywood stars. Here is a man who was born to put on a show, and what a show it has been.”

Author Tom Lindley is a native Texan and longtime journalist. His two previous books are “Out of the Dust” and “Opening Doors.” He lives in Norman.

The public can visit Full Circle Bookstore’s website, fullcirclebooks.com, and social media channels @FullCircleBookstoreOKC on Facebook and @fullcircleokc on Twitter for upcoming event updates.

The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.  

Full Circle Bookstore is the largest independent, locally-owned general interest bookstore in Oklahoma. Located on the first level of 50 Penn Place in northwest Oklahoma City, the bookstore offers a café, live music, several reading rooms, interactive story times, weekly programming and more than 60,000 books on a variety of subjects. For more information visit, www.fullcirclebooks.com or “like” them at www.facebook.com/FullCircleBookstoreOKC and @fullcircleokc on Twitter.


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