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Rilla Askew

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Magic City Books is proud to welcome Rilla Askew, author of the American Book Award-winning novel about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Fire in Beulah, for an in-store event celebrating her new collection of stories, The Hungry and the Haunted on Monday September 23. This free event will start at 7:00 pm in the Algonquin Room at Magic City Books and Rilla will be joined in conversation by Liz Blood.

“Rilla Askewa storyteller of truth and grace in all she writes, whether novel or essay—moves us to compassionately consider Oklahoma in all its faces. Oklahoma’s is a rough story of theft and coercion, of beauty and tenderness.” —Joy Harjo

Set primarily in eastern Oklahoma during the 1970s, the stories in The Hungry and the Haunted are about young women navigating relationships, social change, and the power of place during increasingly precarious times.

The Hungry and the Haunted will be published by Belle Pointe Press on September 17. You can pre-order a copy at Magic City Books or online at: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/the-hungry-and-the-haunted/2393.

About The Hungry and the Haunted

From the author of The Mercy Seat and Fire in Beulah comes a new collection of six stories troubled by ghosts that linger in our present moment. Set primarily in eastern Oklahoma during the 1970s, The Hungry and the Haunted is Rilla Askew’s testament to young women and other outsiders navigating relationships, social change, and the power of place during increasingly precarious times. Some haunted by ancient wrongs, others yearning to escape or reckoning with primal griefs, each character wrestles with the bonds that wound them and the places that keep them tethered to their roots. This collection is not to be missed by anyone interested in questions of what becomes of our stories as we struggle to write them ourselves.

Known for her award-winning historical fiction, Askew evokes with resonant period detail the lives of earlier generations in these stories that speak to our current era of fragility and change.

Rilla Askew has long been telling hidden Oklahoma stories. She’s the author of five novels, a book of short fiction, and a collection of creative nonfiction. She’s a PEN/Faulkner finalist, recipient of the Western Heritage Award, Oklahoma Book Award, Violet Crown Award from the Writers League of Texas, and a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


September 23
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Magic City Books


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Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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