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A Conversation with Jim Murphy, Winner of the 2013 Anne V. Zarrow Award


On this edition of our show, we chat with Jim Murphy, winner of the 2013 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature, which is presented annually by the Tulsa Library Trust. Murphy will be given this award on Friday the 23rd at 7pm at Gilcrease Museum; he will then offer a 10am reading/talk/signing, on Saturday the 24th, as part of the TCCL's Young People's Creative Writing Contest Awards Presentation, which will happen at the Hardesty Regional Library. (Both events are free to the public; please see this PDF for more information.) As we learn on today's program, Murphy's long-running, award-winning career as a children's and YA author actually grew out of an accomplished career as a book editor. Also crucial to his development as a writer was an avid interest in the world of the past --- Murphy is now the author of more than 30 books, all of which concern American history in some way. Notable titles include "Invincible Microbe," "The Giant and How He Humbugged America," "Truce," "The Boy's War," "The Long Road to Gettysburg," and "My Name is America: The Journal of Edmond Pease."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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