The kickoff for the Pioneer Library System’s seventh Big Read, is March 27, 6 to 8 p.m. in Beaird Lounge at the Oklahoma Memorial Union. This year’s Big Read book is “Old School” by Tobias Wolff.
Those attending the kickoff event, which is free and open to the public, will enjoy free parking in three lots on campus. Guests will meet 11 noted Oklahoma authors and learn more about their work in a setting similar to a scene presented in “Old School.” They’ll also be entertained by the singing of OU student group BYX A Capella and music of local guitarist Eric Herndon.
Lots directly to the east and south of Sarkey’s Energy Center, 100 E. Boyd St., as well as a lot southwest of Sarkey’s Energy Center and east of the campus power plant will be designated as free parking lots for attendees of the kickoff. The lots can most easily be accessed south of Boyd Street off of Trout Avenue or University Place. The Oklahoma Memorial Union is a straight walk down Felgar Street one block to the west of the parking lots.
The lots are labeled A3, A4, and A6 and blue on the map below.
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, designed to give readers an opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their community. The Big Read is sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Oklahoma Humanities Council, Norman Arts Council, University of Oklahoma Outreach, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, LevyMart Public Relations, the Pioneer Library Foundation and the Pioneer Library System.