Literary Tourism: Norman, Oklahoma

by Rachel Baker on May 4, 2014

Here’s a good happy article about Oklahoma to combat the botched execution from this last week.

This article is written by Jen Rickard Blair, who is a digital media editor for World Literature Today, and its about the Literary Tourism finds in Norman, Oklahoma.

When we think of “literary tourism,” what often comes to mind are the great publishing cities like New York and Chicago, the historic cities with romantic backdrops such as Paris, or even tours that identify with a particular author or work, as with Mississippi River boat cruises focused on Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. What may not come to mind is Norman, Oklahoma.

Well, it should. Home to the University of Oklahoma, Norman is probably best known to most outside the area for big-time college football (Boomer Sooner!). However, Norman also has a robust and historic literary culture—one of the richest anywhere. Norman has the usual bookish coffee shops and cultural festivals, but it also hosts some of the most important literary events in the world.

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