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October 28, 2021

Contact: Steve Hawkins
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-0754

Oklahoma History Center to Host “Tony Hillerman: A Life” Book Signing with Author James McGrath Morris

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma History Center (OHC) is pleased to announce that award-winning author James McGrath Morris will be signing copies of his latest book, “Tony Hillerman: A Life,” on Wednesday, November 17, from noon–1 p.m. in the third-floor atrium of the OHC.

Morris offers a balanced portrait of Hillerman’s personal and professional life and provides a timely appreciation of his work. In intimate detail, Morris captures the author’s early years in Depression-era Oklahoma; his near-death experience in World War II; his sixty-year marriage to Marie; his family life, including six children, five of them adopted; his work in the trenches of journalism; his affliction with PTSD and its connection to his enchantment with Navajo spirituality; and his ascension as one of America’s best-known authors of mysteries.

Morris is the author of several works including “The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War”; “Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press”; and “Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power.”

The Oklahoma History Center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. For additional information, please call 405-522-0765.

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.


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