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April 3, 2013

Pioneer Library System announces finalists for Big Read Writing Contest

MOORE — The Pioneer Library System has announced the finalists for The Big Read: Old School Short Story Writing Contest.

The winners for a high school division and a college division will be selected by Tobias Wolff, author of “Old School,” the featured novel in The Big Read activities in the library system this March and April.

The contest mirrors a section of Wolff’s novel, where students at a private boarding school compete for the honor of meeting visiting authors by entering a writing contest with the guest author selecting the winning entry.

The winners will be announced at The Big Read “Study Hall” panel discussion at 7 p.m. April 10, at the Old School Auditorium inside the Old School Business Center in Moore. Each winner and a guest will be invited to a private reception Wolff will attend during his visit to Oklahoma in late April.

High school division finalists are:

Carrie O’Quinn, an 18-year-old senior from Moore

Madolyn Phillips, a 16-year-old junior from Norman

Laura Smith, a 17-year-old junior from Moore


College division finalists are:

Matt Baker, Rowley, Mass., an Oklahoma Baptist University senior double-majoring in English and Anthropology

Andrea Johnson, Shawnee, an Oklahoma Baptist University senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Digital Cinema Production

Andrew Wright, Chiayi, Taiwan, an Oklahoma Baptist University freshman majoring in Creative Writing 

The “Study Hall” panel discussion is a natural partnership for the library with Moore’s Old School Business Center, which in its early days served as the first school building in Moore.

William Bernhardt, author of dozens of books that have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, will be the moderator for the discussion. Panelists are Dr. Tom Boyd, David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma; Dr. Bill Hagen, retired Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University; Dr. Joe Foote, Dean of the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma; and Robert A. French, a local attorney specializing in intellectual property rights.

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