A Guide to Tulsa Authors

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About This List

The Tulsa and Oklahoma section of Magic City Books seems to grow every year, and the authors of many of these books have strong ties to Tulsa, if not being residents themselves. We worked with that beloved Arts District bookseller on this guide, highlighting nine books by Tulsa-based writers. Most of the titles below are linked below on Magic City's online store, and the rest are available in store at Magic City Books in downtown Tulsa.

Hannah C. Howard - Ignite the Sun

This young adult fantasy novel was just published August 2020. Howard lives in Oklahoma with her family and brings you the story of Siria Nightingale's battle against evil for light, literally. 

Rhys A. Martin - Lost Restaurants of Tulsa

Martin is a local history enthusiast, photographer and President of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association. Lost Restaurants collects and exposes Tulsa’s long gone culinary institutions, with archival photos and accompanying text by Martin.

Joy Harjo - Crazy Brave

In 2019, it was announced that Harjo (Mvskoke) was to preside as U.S. Poet Laureate. Her poetry is an intimate portrait of resilient womanhood and indigenousness, and Crazy Brave is a masterful memoir detailing her journey.

Jennifer Latham - Dreamland Burning

Latham's novel jumps between the present-day and 1921 Tulsa as the Race Massacre is underway. This is her second novel, she writes full-time and lives in Tulsa with her husband and two daughters.

Hannibal B. Johnson - Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District

A work of nonfiction that tells a story often overlooked: how Greenwood became Black Wall Street, and was rebuilt to great prosperity in 1942. Johnson is one of Oklahoma's most important scholars and activists.

S.E. Hinton - The Outsiders

Hinton wrote The Outsiders while attending High School in Tulsa. Based on real-life experiences with greasers and socs, this classic tale just might be the most iconic depiction of Tulsa in the 1960s, if not all time.

Richard Cox - House of the Rising Sun

Published this year, House of the Rising Sun is Cox's fifth novel. A Tulsa resident, this is his whirlwind apocalyptic thriller set in the southern United States.

John Wooley and Brett Bingham - Twentieth-Century Honky-Tonk: The Amazing Unauthorized Story of the Cain’s Ballroom First 75 Years

Simply required reading for any Tulsa resident. You've seen the Cain's Ballroom, but not like this. John Wooley has authored over 25 books, co-written with Brett Bingham here, they bring Bob Wills' Honky-Tonk back to life.

Michael Wallis - The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny

Many would agree that Michael Wallis is a local legend; American journalist, popular historian and author, his work focuses on the American west and old-school pop culture. This is a fresh telling of the failed Donner Party expedition.

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