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August 17, 2023

Contact: Jennie Buchanan
Museum of the Western Prairie, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-482-1044

Museum of the Western Prairie to Host Book Presentation With Author Rilla Askew

ALTUS, Okla. — On Tuesday, September 5, at 7 p.m., Oklahoma author Rilla Askew will present at the Museum of the Western Prairie on her newest book, “Prize for the Fire: A Novel” (2022). The book follows the story of Anne Askew and her struggle against the Tudor patriarchy of 16th-century England. Askew is also the author of “Fire in Beulah,” “Harpsong” and an essay collection titled “Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place.”

Askew was born in Poteau and raised around Bartlesville. Askew graduated from the University of Tulsa. She has taught at several universities, including the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma. In 2002, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.

The event is free and open to the public. The Museum of the Western Prairie is located at 1100 Memorial Dr. in Altus. For more information, please call 580-482-1044.

The Museum of the Western Prairie is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. 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.


Editor’s Note: Photos of the Museum of the Western Prairie are available upon request.

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