Three Award-Winning Oklahomans Headline SWOSU-Sayre Literary Festival

The eighth annual SWOSU-Sayre Fall Literary Festival is Friday, October 5, in Mackey Hall, and Peggy Chambers, Bob Avey and Landry Brewer are the event’s featured authors. 

The festival is a mix of presentations, workshops, panel discussions, book signings, vendors, and student entries to view.  The public is invited to attend, and admission is free.

“The Literary Festival is an opportunity to showcase talented state and local writers, and we’re excited to bring people of all ages to campus for the event every year,” said festival coordinator and SWOSU-Sayre Instructor Terry Ford.

Every year in conjunction with the festival, SWOSU-Sayre releases its anthology, which features student writings and photographs.  At 8:30 a.m., student anthology contributors will discuss their works.

At 9:30, young adult fiction mystery author Peggy Chambers will take up the festival’s theme of “I Spy.”  An Enid resident, Chambers is the award-winning author of the Glome’s Valley series who loves fantasy, suspense and children's books.

At 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., SWOSU faculty member Landry Brewer will discuss his latest published work about Maurice Halperin, a University of Oklahoma professor who was accused of being a Communist in 1941, then of spying for the Soviet Union during World War II. Winner of the 2018 SWOSU Bernhardt Academic Excellence Award, Brewer is incorporating his Halperin research in his forthcoming book, Cold War Oklahoma.

At 10:30, Bob Avey, author of the Kenny Elliot mystery series, will present “The Promotional Trail.”  The award-winning mystery author lives in Broken Arrow.     

High school and college students will attend as well as area residents. Attendees will also enjoy free lunch on campus.

Booth space remains available for authors and vendors. 

For more information, contact Terry Ford by e-mail at terry.ford@swosu.edu or by text at 580-729-1716. 

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