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9/6/19

2019 NIMROD CONFERENCE

PRESS RELEASE: NIMROD CONFERENCE FOR READERS AND WRITERS

Nimrod International Journal’s 2019 Conference for Readers and Writers will take place October 18th–19th. Featuring nationally known writers and newly discovered award-winners, this conference is also distinctive in that it pairs editors with writers who want individual critiques and guidance in refining their writing.  
On October 18th, Nimrod will kick off the Conference with Write Night at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum. Write Night is free and open to the public and will begin with a reception of light bites and a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. Following at 7:00 p.m. will be an Author Chat, reading, and book signing with poet Kim Addonizio and fiction writer Margot Livesey. The event is co-hosted by Magic City Books and co-sponsored by The University of Tulsa’s Creative Writing program. 
On October 19th at 9:30 a.m., Nimrod will host the all-day Conference for Readers and Writers at The University of Tulsa. Participants will have the opportunity to work with over forty distinguished authors and editors at the Conference. Special guest authors and editors include National Book Award finalist and poet Kim Addonizio; Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts fellow, fiction author Margot Livesey; mystery novelist Rachel Howzell Hall, author of the Detective Elouise Norton series; 2017 Oklahoma Poet Laurate Jeanetta Calhoun Mish; William C. Morris Young Adult Debut Award finalist Anna-Marie McLemore; literary agent Jennifer Udden; and more.
Participants can choose from a wide array of panels and workshops on writing fiction, poetry, nonfiction, mystery, and young adult literature; publishing contracts; and more. Those who pre-register and send brief writing samples by October 12th also have the opportunity to sit down to discuss their work one on one with an experienced editor and/or have an individual critique of a novel query. 
Just a few of the workshops at the Conference:
  •      Hush, Shut Up, Please Be Quiet: How to Write Better Dialogue
  •      Revise Your Poem Without Killing It
  •      Crowdsourcing Research: Creative Nonfiction
  •      Publishing: Contracts 101
  •       Unpossessed: Reconsidering the Demonized in YA and Speculative Fiction
  •      Persona Poems: Speaking in Someone Else’s Voice
Each registrant is entitled to participate in readings, panel discussions, masterclasses, novel-query critiques, and one-on-one editing sessions, though those who plan to register for novel-query critiques or one-on-one editing sessions must register by October 12th.Scholarships to help cover registration costs are available for students, teachers, and adult writers in need. Professional development credit is available for Tulsa Public Schools teachers.
Registration Information:
  • October 18th, 6:30 p.m., the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, 2445 S. Peoria Ave.: Nimrod Write Night. Free and open to the public. No reservations needed. 
  • October 19th, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., TU’s Allen Chapman Student Union, 440 S. Gary Ave.: Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers.
    • Early Bird Registration is open until September 14th ($50/standard, $10/scholarship). 
    • Regular Registration is open September 15th–October 15th ($60/standard, $10/scholarship). 
    • Late Registration will take place at the door ($70/standard, $15/scholarship). 
Those who wish to participate in a one-on-one editing session or novel-query critique session must register and send in 2–3 pages of poetry or 4–5 pages of prose by October 12th.
For registration forms and more information, including scholarship information, please contact Nimrod at 918-631-3080; e-mail nimrod@utulsa.edu; or visit the Nimrod website: www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.

7/22/19

Gripping Tale by Author Roxie Faulkner Kirk



 The story of Red Dirt Hymnbook is one set in a land and time that are nearly prototypes of  a mythic 'Anyplace' peopled by "Everyman' archetypes.  It could be the 1970's or 1980's but seen through the lens of a religious strata - Holiness sects and subgroups - existing under a dozen or more banners - they are as current as today.  In Kirk's work the author masterfully captures larger than life themes and small nuances with equal skill. She handles both with a soft focus haze of a dream of the not too distant past and the harsh edged shadows of glaring ugly reality.

Told through the powerful and authentic voice of Ruby Fae, young wife of young traveling preacher J.W.Jasper, throws back the covering of appearances of holiness to reveal the frailty of humanity tainted by patriarchy, power hunger, and manipulation. It is a land at once familiar and idealized, peopled by characters drawn in vivid lines of reality, whose stories speak to not just one group but to the broader wealth of human experience.

These all combine gently, elegantly. At first with just a teasing whisper of currents under the surface and then with gripping force to pull the reader into the story, and into a world bordered by appearances, corrupted by control, poisoned by the misuse of scripture, and stalked by the hunger of the human heart to be free.

The motif of music - how it can be used to manipulate perceptions of skill (as Ruby notes early in the book) and present a false front that helps people to see only what they manipulators desire. How that music and memories can serve as a soundtrack for the search of the soul for identity and value  become thematic. Spanning the book like a long and much traveled country road. References to old camp meeting spirituals and hymns (well known to those in Baptist, Holiness, Nazarene and other religious groups) are interspersed with the hits of the book's setting (John Denver Country Roads to Three Dog Night's Jeremiah was A Bullfrog) creating almost count and counter point as two words and two realities begin to merge.

The Red Dirt Hymnbook by Roxie Faulkner Kirk is a beautiful story told in an eloquent, sometimes poetic manner as fresh as the prairie winds and as limitless as the broad blue sky. The voice of Ruby Mae Jasper is fresh, clean, and vividly compelling. Highly recommended!

Visit the author at: /http://www.roxiefaulknerkirk.com/about-roxie/

Review by MaH2019



1/22/19

Oklahoma Book Festival Returns for 2019


Mark the date on your calendars now to journey to Oklahoma City's Boat District for the next installment of the Oklahoma Book Festival.  From the page comes this explanation of their purpose :
"Mission -The Oklahoma Book Festival brings authors and readers together to create an exciting venue where literacy, artistic expression, and cultural experiences are celebrated.  Vision -
To encourage Oklahomans to love reading and to enhance their cultural awareness."

The 2019 Book Festival will be September 21: "Join us for a fun-filled day celebrating books, authors, readers, and illustrators. The 2nd Annual Oklahoma Book Festival will take place at the Boathouse District in Oklahoma City on September 21, 2019!  Thanks to generous sponsors and donors, the Oklahoma Book Festival is FREE and open to the public."

The event is sure to please -
–Featuring 50-75 of America’s finest literary talent
–Panel discussions and author presentations
–Book signing times
–Children’s storytelling and craft activities
–Entertainment
–Food trucks
–Vendors and merchandise
–and of course, BOOKS!

https://okbookfest.org/

Looking for Authors in NW Oklahoma

A new blog "Cimarron Country" is looking for authors who come from or live in the area of Payne County. Surrounding counties welcome. A list of these authors will be added to the page. The purpose of the page is to increase awareness of the landscape, places, and history of Payne County and region including the authors and artists.

Send information to marilynahudson@yahoo.com

10/6/18

HUDSON TO EXPLORE THE 'BAWDS AND BARS' OF EARLY DAY OKLAHOMA IN NEW WORK

A new volume in the 'Neighborhood of Hell' history series is scheduled for 2019. It is a follow up to the 'Oklahoma Bad Girls' by Oklahoma author Marilyn A. Hudson, released in 2018, and first in the 'Neighborhood of Hell' series.

Early fancy girls and dens of booze and violence will be the focus of the new work.  The stories of these citizens of the shadow world of vice, broken dreams, and tarnished lives provides history, social context, details and an insightful look into the world of the 'working girls' and the whiskey peddlers of early day Oklahoma.

9/13/18

2018 NIMROD Conference for Writers and Readers

Nimrod International Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104
nimrod@utulsa.edu
phone: 918-631-3080.
web site: www.utulsa.edu/nimrod


PRESS RELEASE: NIMROD CONFERENCE FOR READERS AND WRITERS


Nimrod International Journal's 2018 Conference for Readers and Writers will take place October 19th–20th. Featuring nationally known writers and newly discovered award-winners, this conference is also distinctive in that it pairs editors with writers who want individual critiques and guidance in refining their writing. 

On October 19th, Nimrod will kick off the Conference with Write Night at the Tulsa Garden Center. Write Night is free and open to the public and will begin with a reception of light bites and a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. Following at 7:00 p.m. will be an Author Chat, reading, and book signing with Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Patricia Smith, author of Blood Dazzler, and winner of the American Book Award and Oklahoma Book Award Rilla Askew, author of Fire in Beulah. The event is co-hosted by Magic City Books and co-sponsored by The University of Tulsa’s Creative Writing program.

On October 20th at 9:30 a.m., Nimrod will host the all-day Conference for Readers and Writers at The University of Tulsa. Participants will have the opportunity to work with over forty distinguished authors and editors at the Conference.  Special guest authors and editors include fiction writer Rilla Askew, Oklahoma Book Award winner and author of Fire in Beulah; poet Patricia Smith, National Book Award nominee, NAACP Image Award winner, and author of Blood Dazzler; New York Times-bestselling memoirist and poet Jill Bialosky, author of History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life; young adult author Erin Bow, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award winner and author of The Scorpion Rules; romance author Sarah MacLean, two-time RITA Award winner and author of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished; mystery author Julia Thomas, author of The English Boys; poet Kaveh Bassiri, Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency winner; and Carl Engle-Laird, editor at Tor.com Publishing.

Participants can choose from a wide array of panels and workshops on writing fiction, poetry, memoir, mystery, young adult literature, romance, and science fiction; ways to attract the attention of literary agents and publishers; and more. Those who pre-register and send brief writing samples by October 13th can also have the opportunity to sit down to discuss their work one on one with an experienced editor and/or have an individual critique of a novel pitch.

Just a few of the workshops at the Conference:

How Do I Know When I’m Done?: Strategies for Revision
Making History, Taking Place: Historical Fiction
Poetry: Using Emotion Effectively, Bravely, and Responsibly
Using Weakness to Build Strong Characters
Choose Your Own Disaster: Worldbuilding for Fantasy, Science Fiction, and More
Your Agent, Your Editor, and You: Understanding Publishing’s Gatekeepers

Each registrant is entitled to participate in readings, panel discussions, masterclasses, novel-pitch critiques, and one-on-one editing sessions, though those who plan to register for novel-pitch critiques or one-on-one editing sessions must register by October 13th. Scholarships to help cover registration costs are available for students, teachers, and adult writers in need. Professional development credit is available for Tulsa Public Schools teachers.

Registration Information:

October 19th, 6:30 p.m., the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave.: Nimrod Write Night. Free and open to the public. No reservations needed.

October 20th, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., TU’s Allen Chapman Student Union, 440 S. Gary Ave.: Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers.
Early Bird Registration is open until September 30th ($50/standard, $10/scholarship).
Regular Registration is open from October 1st–October 16th ($60/standard, $10/scholarship).
Late Registration will take place at the door on October 20th ($70/standard, $15/scholarship).

Those who wish to participate in a one-on-one editing session or novel-pitch critique session must register and send in 2–3 pages of poetry or 4–5 pages of prose by October 13th.


For registration forms and more information, including scholarship information, please contact Nimrod at 918-631-3080 or e-mail: nimrod@utulsa.edu or visit the Nimrod website: www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.




Nimrod International Journal

The University of Tulsa

800 S. Tucker Dr.

Tulsa, OK 74104

(918) 631-3080

www.utulsa.edu/nimrod

9/13/17

HUDSON ANNOUNCES UPCOMING BOOK on "OKLAHOMA BAD GIRLS"

The 1890's in Oklahoma saw the twin territories rife with gangs, crooks and outlaws. The fairer sex was represented in this mix, although sometimes with less attention to facts or even credibility.  In OKLAHOMA BAD GIRLS (2017) meet a variety of women, along with their companions and idols, whose stories are often absent or heavily distorted in the history books. Follow these desperado adventures of some fascinating women from Oklahoma's Gilded Age.

Introduced will be stories of Cattle Annie, Little Britches, "Tom King" aka Flo Quick,Jessie Findlay, and others...Watch for additional volumes in this series, Neighborhood of Hell.

Marilyn A. Hudson is the author of several nonfiction works including "When Death Rode the Rails", "Into Oblivion", and "Murderous Marriages".  Additionally she is the author of fictional works "Foul Harvest", "Sword of Anath", and coauthor of "The Mound".

Hudson has been labeled "The Bizarre History Genie" for her skill in unearthing long buried and forgotten nuggets of history.  An author, storyteller, artist and library professional Hudson is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. 

[Image by Fresh Eire Designs, Cullan Hudson]

Publishing date : September 2017, with distribution through Amazon  and Kindle, TBA

8/6/17

Chickasha Author Publishes

Chickasha, Oklahoma resident Brian McNatt has recently published two books. Estranged: A Tale of Two Sisters available on Amazon and Legends of Heraldale avaliable on Lulu.

Author Steve Clark

Steve E. Clark, suspense author with book Justice is for the Lonely
Author of Justice Is for the Deserving and Justice Is for the Lonely, Reviewer of suspense, mystery and thrillers.
Steve Clark is an author and lawyer in Oklahoma City specializing in medical malpractice. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor limited to the top 1% of attorneys. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

With a lifetime of practicing law under his belt, Steve began his writing career by publishing Justice Is for the Lonely: A Kristen Kerry Novel of Suspense.  His years in the courtroom result in a highly realistic yet spellbinding drama that William Bernhardt, bestselling author of Dark Eye said“hooked me on the first page and kept me reading long into the night. Kristen is one of the most interesting lawyer-characters I've read in a long time.''  Justice Is for the Deserving, Steve's second novel in the series, is now out and receiving outstanding reviews. Michael Gibson gave it five stars and called it a "A Noir Tour De Force" ... "You won’t be able to put this one down. It is a genuine tour de force, one I expect to be shown soon at a theater near you. Are you listening Quentin Tarentino?"

After receiving his law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1975, he embarked on a prolific career in law in which he started his own firm, taught law at Oklahoma City University- College of Law and became a managing partner at Clark & Mitchell, P.C., where he remains today. He has solidified his reputation as an expert in various areas of law by giving more than 20 professional presentations to his peers over the years. He has also been ranked as a “Superlawyer” on superlawyers.com every year since 2005.

His wife, Jane, was a scholarship athlete at the University of Oklahoma. They currently live in Oklahoma City and have five children. He has coached his four daughters in the Amateur Softball Association and enjoys being involved in his son’s sports activities. Steve is active in state and local politics, the Catholic Church community, and had served as a board member of Infant Crisis Services, a non-profit organization providing emergent infant care.

Steve is currently working on book three in the series.
Here is his web link  www.SteveClarkAuthor.com 

The Woman Without A Voice. Louise Farmer Smith


Author Louise Smith announces new book set in Oklahoma, THE WOMAN WITHOUT A VOICE, Pioneering in Dugout, Sod House and Homestead (pub date 9/29/2017.) This non-fiction account of my family’s struggle during the drought and Panic of 1893 which destroyed their Nebraska farm continues as they flee to Oklahoma Territory to begin life in a dugout near Weatherford.
Press Release:

Who Speaks for the Mother?

In 2017 we mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Laura Ingles Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie and other beloved books told from the point of view of the child. But what was the pioneer mother, Mrs. Ingles, thinking throughout all that cabin-building, well-digging and then abandoning their home to start over in an even lonelier place?

The Woman Without a Voice by Louise Farmer Smith reveals through women’s diaries the fears of pioneer women who, in obedience to their husbands, left their homes to take their children into a wilderness. “And this is my story,” Smith writes, “as I’ve tried to uncover the mysteries of the pioneer women in my own family—Ida, Mary Lillian, Zoe, and Phebe Ann, the one they left behind.” 

This riveting memoir opens when drought and the Panic of 1893 destroy Smith’s great grandfather’s Nebraska farm. Pressure from the bank leads to the auction of their equipment and animals and their move to a claim in western Oklahoma Territory where they begin life in a dugout. This book, which contains 17 family and other antique photos, is propelled by the mystery of Phebe Ann, the mother of the family, who is left behind. Smith traces her fate through records from the Lincoln Asylum.\\

Praise for THE WOMAN WITHOUT A VOICE
  • “Louise Farmer Smith has written a part of history we aren’t taught in classrooms....the true resilience of her female ancestors....heartbreaking, moving and ultimately inspiring memoir about the strength of women.”
  • JoAnna Woolridge Wall, J.D. Lecturer, Women and Gender Studies, University of Oklahoma  Husband and wife sat side by side on the wagon bench.... diaries suggest they lived in different worlds....
  • A compelling tale...to anyone considering writing their family’s often complex and difficult history.”
    Lisa Kendrick, Librarian, Genealogical Center, Albuquerque, NM

Smith, a PEN\New England Discovery winner, grew up in Oklahoma, majored in Letters and earned two masters degrees from Yale and Goddard. She later trained in family therapy, and worked for a US congressman. She was a Bread Loaf Fellow in 2005. Her work has been supported by the Ragdale  Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Two of her stories received Pushcart nominations. Her novel, One Hundred Years of Marriage, was a finalist for the Prairie Heritage Award, 2015. Her prize-winning stories appeared in five anthologies and in her collection, Cadillac, Oklahoma.

The Woman Without A Voice is available 9/29/2017 from Upper Hand Press.
For more information: netgalley.com upperhandpress.com louisefarmersmith.com
614-886-2462 for sales. 202-543-2899 for interviews.


Author Callie Hutton Has Dynamic "Oklahoma Series"


Book Cover: A Run for LoveUSA Today bestselling author, Callie Hutton, author of more than twenty-five historical romance books, writes humorous and spicy Regency with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). Callie lives in Oklahoma with two rescue dogs and her top cheerleader husband of many years. Her family also includes her daughter, son, and daughter-in-law. And her almost three year old twin grandsons “The Twinadoes.” One book 'A Run for Love" is a romance about the Guthrie Land Run.

8/10/16

AUTHOR EVENT WITH RUSSELL FERRELL




Author Russell Ferrell will be featured in a book and author event hosted at Full Circle Book Store in OKC on Friday, September 9 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM concerning the new release on my 2016 book titled The Bone War of McCurtain County - A True Tale of Two Men's Quest for Treasure, Truth and Justice.

6/9/16

CLASS IS IN : AUTHOR TABI SLICK

BOOK PRESS RELEASE

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Title: Tompkin’s School (For The Extraordinarily Talented)
Tabi Slick
Izara Torvik thought her life was over the moment that her father sent her and her twin brother to a boarding school in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma. She soon discovers that the school is not as ordinary as she thought and finds herself thrown into a battle against her her inner demons that only have one desire...the desire to kill
Once my body stopped trembling, I picked myself up. It felt strange, my feet seemed to fall much lighter on the ground than normal. My head also felt a bit fuzzy. I turned and froze as I caught myself in the reflection of a full-length mirror. I glided forward to get a closer look. My eyelids had sunken into my skull and my eyes were red! I reached up to touch my pallid skin only to gawk at my hands. My fingernails had been replaced with dark, black claws.
“I’m a monster,” I hissed.
My eyes flashed up to meet my reflection once again and soon my clawed hands were the least of my worries. Two black, very large things were moving ever so slightly, blocking the reflection of the rest of the room. I looked over my shoulder to find large, black feathered, wings...
Join the Torvik twins as they discover their powers and unlock the secrets into Tompkin’s Academy’s most disturbing history!

“Wonderfully dark and well-written tale.” - Books In Brogan

Tompkin’s School is published by Crane & Company Press
Format: 5.5” x 8.5” Paperback
Pages: 418
Paperback Price: $15.95 (Discounts available)
Kindle eBook Price: $2.99
ISBN: 1530998336

Contact: books@tabislick.com for media inquiries and order information
About the Author
Tabi Slick was born in Kansas where she was homeschooled for the greater part of her childhood. In middle school, she moved to Davis, Oklahoma where she attended public school for several years. Here she began her writing adventure and soon the world of Tompkin’s Academy came to life. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington, she still continues to dedicate .
Tabi Slick

2/7/16

AN AUTHOR RESPONDS :The Tall Tale of Acro vs. The Bone War of McCurtain County



Paul Fairchild’s Tall Tale of Acro
By Russell Ferrell


    These comments are in response to Paul Fairchild’s article titled The Tall Tale of Acro in the November, 2015, issue of The Oklahoma Magazine. I was contacted by Joyce Hall, who was quite upset about the article. The article was riddled with errors and conceptual flaws that were probably caused by bias or faulty sources. Fairchild did not do his homework and this sloppy excuse for journalism is unacceptable and unprofessional. What follows is a summary of the many errors and misperceptions found throughout the article, which are profoundly atrocious. On behalf of Joyce Hall and the memory of Cephis Hall, I am trying to set the record straight.
    Joyce and Cephis Hall had collaborated with me on a book project about their ordeal and harrowing experiences in connection with the discovery and excavation of the Acrocanthosaurus, the State Dinosaur of Oklahoma. I spent many, many hours interviewing Joyce and Cephis and other witnesses involved with the characters and events of the story; many have since become deceased. I also examined and read all the newspaper articles, archives, legal documents, and anything I could get my hands on in connection to the story. I spent almost four years researching and investigating the facts and several years writing, editing, and revising the manuscript, which resulted in two titles.  The first publication, Acrocanthosaurs—The Bones of Contention, (now out of print) was superseded by the newer and better title, The Bone War of McCurtain County.

In my conversation with Joyce Hall, she had stated that she was concerned about the motives of Mr. Fairchild after he called to interview Cephis about his Acro story.  She informed him that Cephis had passed away December 24, 2013. Fairchild proceeded to interview Mrs. Hall, but when she asked him if he would send her a copy of the article, he was evasive and non-committal. This raised a suspicion in her mind that he might not be a friendly interviewer or custodian of her husband’s story and memory. Her fears proved well-founded when she finally uncovered and read the article on the internet.
   
After having read the article myself, I share her sentiment. There was one particular part of the article that caused Joyce Hall to gasp in revulsion. I will explain the basis of Hall’s complaint as well as my own criticism of the article in the following passages.
   
Mr. Fairchild’s story is blatantly biased against Hall and riddled with errors. I cannot determine if Fairchild is himself biased, or has merely consulted biased or estranged sources. Other than Joyce Hall, he names only two sources in his article—Henry Moya of the Museum of the Red River and Ken Carpenter—neither of whom are first hand or knowledgeable sources concerning Hall and Love’s personal story. 
   
Mr. Moya, the current museum director, did not arrive at the museum until well after the real storied heart of the Hall-Love-Acro kernel had fully germinated and sprouted to fruition. By that time, the events of the story were largely over. The previous museum director, Greg Perino, was the man with inside knowledge. Perino was a witness to the transaction between Hall-Love and the corporate official who approved Hall and Love’s excavation. Perino gave a signed affidavit and had agreed to testify in court.  
   
Carpenter, a member of the elite scientific establishment, touts an academic bias and has a penchant for belittling Hall’s accomplishment. Carpenter knows little, if anything, about Hall’s personal story from a firsthand source, except maybe little snippets uncovered during small-talk with Hall during the Acro Fest ceremony.
   
Some establishment paleontologists do not look upon the Hall-Love story with favor, nor relish the idea of amateurs winning glory by making world-class discoveries or excavations. Cephis and Sid battled not just academics, but corporate officialdom and their politicians who wanted to seize their Acro treasure, but failed. Whether Carpenter or Fairchild wish to acknowledge it or not, the Hall-Love recovery of the Acrocanthosaurus represents one of the greatest paleontological discoveries (and excavations) of the twentieth century, indeed of all time. This is not because I say it; the facts speak for themselves.
   
Fairchild’s article is not just biased against Hall, but against the book that chronicles Hall’s accomplishment. The use of the descriptive term “tall tale” could have either innocuous or vicious connotations. Given the general negative slant of the overall story, I believe it was meant to have a pejorative connotation—inferring that the book, and possibly even the newspaper stories on the subject, is hyperbolic and ridden with deceit and fabrication. His use of the words anecdotes, rumors, and half-truths are highly loaded—implying that he has a superior source of information than what has been published, even exclusive access to the real truth. His article proves otherwise.
   
There have been some very good newspaper articles and reviews about the book published in such mainstream publications as: The Oklahoman, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the Raleigh Telegram, the Texarkana Gazette, and the Nashville Leader, to name only a few. Local newspapers in southeastern Oklahoma did a fine job with day-to-day coverage of the topic over the almost two decades that the story unfolded. Needless to say, I have never seen such biased, distorted, and sloppy coverage as that provided by Fairchild in the November issue of the Oklahoma Magazine. I will now spend the balance of my comments addressing specific factual errors or biases in Fairchild’s article.
   
v The most egregious example of distortion and error is Fairchild’s reporting on the Hall-Love recovery of the Acro from the Balcones Lab at the University of Texas in Austin, which Joyce Hall considers to be slanderous and libelous. He alleges that Hall and Love committed theft when they burglarized the lab to recover the Acro skeleton. This description is erroneous and the contention of theft is fictitious and ridiculous. The term repossession would be more accurate, although a little bit devious as many repos are. To call it burglary implies that Hall and Love clandestinely and illegally broke into the building while it was locked and no attendant present. Actually Hall and Love had a scheduled appointment to meet with the lab director.

Coming with the intent of recovering their skeleton, they knew the staff would not be receptive to returning it. Thus, they had concocted a devious but legal stratagem to catch the lab attendants off guard and surprise them.
      
Outfoxed, the stunned laboratory staff could do nothing but watch the two men load the skeleton in plain view, and even unlocked some cabinets for them. If the lab attendants had thought a burglary or theft was occurring, they had ample time to call the police while the two men were loading their truck.

The bones were not owned by the university. A written agreement between Hall-Love and the university spelled out the stipulations and obligations of both parties. The bones were merely on loan to the lab, which had failed to live up to the terms of the agreement.
   
v Fairchild goes on to claim that the theft set off a dragnet—spurring the Texas Rangers to get involved in a search for the stolen dinosaur. This is totally spurious as the Texas Rangers had no jurisdiction concerning this Oklahoma-originated property dispute. The university might have had its feathers ruffled, but had no right to decry theft—having possession is not necessarily the same as ownership. Although the corporate landowner later alleged theft of the Acro from its’ timberlands, this, of course, turned out to be a bogus claim as the litigation settlement later demonstrated. Hall and Love were never formally charged or arrested for any alleged crime in connection with their recovery of the Acro. Paleontologists at the Balcones Lab in Austin were in no position to allege theft at any time—but they were out for revenge.
   
v Hall and Love had previously secured permission to excavate from a corporate official in McCurtain County and were told that the company wasn’t interested in any paleontological products they exhumed. Of course the corporation didn’t take the two amateurs seriously, thinking they were incapable of finding—let alone excavating—anything of scientific significance.
   
v After the bones were recovered from UT and brought back to Oklahoma, they were stored and hidden in a remote shed in rural Arkansas that belonged to Cephis’s brother, not a distant relative as Fairchild avers.
   
v Fairchild next leads the reader to believe that Hall’s house was subsequently raided after Texas policemen extended the search for the fugitive bones into Oklahoma. The raid on Hall’s house actually occurred almost a decade later and the real motive for that raid is unclear. Mysteriously, only two days prior to that raid, Hall had supposedly returned home from South Dakota with an artificial cast, rather than the real skeleton. Mere coincidence, or was the raid motivated by revenge on the part of Hall’s enemies?

v Cephis’s son’s house was never raided as Fairchild states in his article.
       
v A sub-heading in the article states: “The Dinosaur No One Wanted”, a catchy phrase but inaccurate. Scientists in Texas and Oklahoma wanted desperately to get possession of the Acro specimen. Scientific lobbyists even crafted legislative strategies inside the Oklahoma State Legislature in an apparent attempt to force Hall and Love to turn over the Acro to the public interest. The corporate landowner and friendly politicians were pressing to recover the lost treasure on several fronts. This was one of the rarest and most valuable dinosaur finds on record; consequently, it was a coveted prize.

v The article alludes to some boys who had found a bone near the river and implies that their discovery elicited local interest and motivated Hall to go check out the site. The events and timelines Fairchild refers to in his article do not square with the facts or with Hall’s testimony. For instance, Hall did not break ground at the site for almost two years later and was unaware that bones had already been discovered there. A few bones were finally taken to the University of Oklahoma in Norman by Christi Silvey, the Beaver’s Bend State Park naturalist, but were not identified until much later when a paleontologist was finally brought on staff. One of the boys and his father spearheaded a primitive excavation of the site and recovered a few pieces; but soon afterwards they abandoned the dig and the bones were forgotten—until Hall finally arrived. Hall’s excavation site remained a secret.

v The article incorrectly describes Sid Love as an amateur anthropologist. Actually, a rock hound, naturalist, or amateur geologist would be more accurate.

v Fairchild states Hall and Love got $50,000 for the dinosaur. Actually, they sold the specimen to a commercial fossil dealer for $225,000, with a further stipulation that they be provided a mountable cast of the skeleton valued at $50,000. After paying the attorneys over $50,000, they ended up with about $87,500 each and eventually a defective cast.

v Hall did not take the skeleton to the Black Hills Institute. Instead, he sold it to a commercial paleontologist in Ardmore who subsequently transported it there.

v Hall’s defective cast was not stored in a barn, but in his clustered rock shop.

v The article says that the Museum of the Red River led the charge to have the Acro named State Dinosaur of Oklahoma. Actually it was local legislators, State Senator Jeff Rabon of Hugo, State Representative Paul Roan of Tishomingo, and State Representative Jerry Ellis of Valliant, all democrats, who pushed the legislation against partisan Republicans who opposed it. The strongest opposition came from the Tulsa area.

v Contrary to Mr. Fairchild’s report, the Acro was named the State Dinosaur in 2006 – not 2005.

v Fairchild states that the only displaying museum less than 200 miles away was the Museum of the Red River in Idabel. Actually, a cast of the Acro is also on display inside Graffham’s Hall at the Goddard Youth Camp Museum, 151 miles from Idabel, or an even shorter distance from Hall’s house in Hochatown. Cephis lived in the village of Hochatown, not Broken Bow, as Fairchild states in his article.

v The State Fossil of Oklahoma is not Aurophaganax maximus as named in the article, but Saurophaganax maximus.

v Fairchild claims the friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science didn’t do their research and that the Acro was never traced to North Carolina. Dr Dale Russell, the museum paleontologist, stated in a press release: “The ancient coastal plains where the Acro hunted are now submerged, making discovery of their bones nearly impossible. A delta containing sediments the same age as those where Acro was found lies buried under the waters of Pamlico and Albemarle Sound. It’s the right age, contains evidence of similar environments, and probably also acro bones, but they are hidden from us.”

There are a few other factual errors and conceptual flaws in the article, but I think I have mentioned enough. The article is so sloppy and devoid of accuracy it is doubtful that any violation of copyright protections could be raised. However, innovators like Fairchild need to always be cognizant of copyright protections, especially on a subject like this where the principal characters have all passed away and the only remaining source of their recorded testimony is found in a copyrighted book. Had Mr. Fairchild approached me in a sincere and friendly way, I would have been happy to assist him in getting an interesting and accurate story on the subject.

Russell Ferrell, January 10, 2016
Author of The Bone War of McCurtain County

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