PRLog (Press Release) – Sep 21, 2008 – “...tales of headless ghosts seeking ill-gotten gold, fiery witches, graves guarded by rattlesnakes, and even a guest appearance by Oklahoma’s most beloved backwoods creature, Bigfoot himself.” — Tim Tingle

OKLAHOMA CITY — — Looking for a spooky tale to share at your Halloween Dinner Party? Want something distinctly Oklahoma to slip into the trick-or-treat bag of your favorite little Goblin? Check out The Ghost of Mingo Creek and Other Spooky Oklahoma Legends, released last week in hardback by Forty-Sixth Star Press, Oklahoma City ($15.95). Penned by Greg Rodgers, an Oklahoma storyteller and member of the Choctaw Nation, the 104-page 5x6 book, features eight creepy tales that take place across the Oklahoma landscape. From a ghost that haunts Tulsa County’s Mingo Creek to the Kiamichi Country’s bigfoot in the southeast region of the state, the stories, though fictionalized, are based on rich Oklahoma legends. Written with the middle reader in mind, Tim Tingle, Oklahoma author and renowned Choctaw storyteller, says the book offers an enjoyable experience for readers of all ages. “For teachers, parents and librarians seeking new ways to stimulate student interest in Oklahoma history, geography, and social patterns, these stories will prove to be a valuable tool,” writes Tingle in the foreword. The book is available at www.fortysixthstarpress.com.

It also retails for $15.95 at Best of Books in Edmond, Okla., and in Oklahoma City at Borders and Full Circle Bookstores.

For more information, on the Forty-Sixth Star Press, contact Pam Bracken at pbracken@fortysixthstarpress.com. To schedule an author visit, please contact Rodgers directly at rodgers@fortysixthstarpress.com.

Looking for other great resources for stories? Check out the listings on OK Writers.



Ruby's Readery in Locust Grove will be hosting Locust Grove's 3rd annual Tellabration on November 15, Saturday, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. We will be telling stories around a campfire, and the treat will be smores and punch. Admission is free, though a donation to cover the cost of the dessert is appreciated. For directions to the Readery, please go to www.rubysreadery.com or call 918-479-8285. You can also email Shaun Perkins at okiestoryteller@gmail.com.



Mark the night. Sat., Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. in the SCU Auditorium on the campus of SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY in Bethany, OK (between Rockwell and Council on NW 39th Expressway). COST: $ 5 per person; $ 3 with valid student ID - Funds going to student fundraising project.

Tellabration 2008 – Bethany, Oklahoma

It's November and that means it is time for stories! “Tellabration" (www.territorytellers.org) is an internationally celebrated emphasis on storytelling held each November.

Events range from casual family style events to more formal and adult focused entertainment. They are always entertaining and a time for storytellers to shine. This year the metro area will host this event in the SCU Auditorium on the campus of Southwestern Christian University, located between Rockwell and Council, on NW 39th Expressway, on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 7 p.m.

The cost for this fundraising event will be $5 per person or $3 with a current student ID from any area school. Funds raised will go to support outreach activities of students pursuing a degree in missions and to other outreach activities.

The featured Bethany tellers:

KATHRYN THURMAN is an Oklahoma performing artist sharing both music and stories. She is an experienced actress, musician, and storyteller who has been actively performing for over 20 years. She blends her heritage, experiences, and training as a music teacher into stories crafted with grace, humor, and highlighted with music. Contact her for a performance or workshop for your library, school, scouting activity, church group, women's luncheon, community event or festival. For more information contact:
KMThurman@aol.com, or by cell phone at 1-405-308-7349; or office phone at 1-405-672-5050.

Molly Lemmons
What happens when an ex-newspaper columnist, ex-teacher, and incurable romantic combine? "Miss Molly Lou Belle" who has, believe me, some stories to tell! Using heartwarming, humorous, and exciting stories she bridges the gap between generations. She connects adult audiences to nearly forgotten values and experiences of the past and introduces children to the common foibles and fun of life. Miss Molly Lou Belle aka Molly Lemmons is an award winning author, storyteller and workshop leader whom you will not soon forget. Contact: Miss Molly Lou Belle for her storytelling and workshop schedules and fees. Phone: 405.376.2576; email
mollyloubelle@cox.net; visit her website for more details and book titles, http://mollyloubelle.com/.

Chester Weems
An extraordinary man with a background in educational administration, Chester Weems is also a gifted photographer. His images grace many an Oklahoma storyteller's brochure! His images also bring to life events on the state storytelling groups web site at
http://www.territorytellers.org/. Chester is also a wonderful storyteller able to craft tales of human humor and memory that will leave you longing for more.

Marilyn A. Hudson
Serving as co-sponsor and MC for the event is storyteller Marilyn A. Hudson. Marilyn A. Hudson is a storyteller who has been traveling the twists and turns of the "Story Road" for nearly 20 years. She presents original tales, as well as historical and folklore tales, with her own little twists. She entrances audiences with tales, rich in the music of language and the diversity of human emotion. She shares stories of real people and mythic creatures - all the tales that provoke the imagination. Hudson currently serves on the Board of Directors of the statewide storytelling organization, The Territory Tellers. She is also the Director of Library Services for SCU. She has produced two other Tellabrations over the years.

For a list of other events being held across Oklahoma, visit the Territory Tellers website on the subject at
http://www.territorytellers.org/News/News. Plan on attending one of these events this month!
Contact: Marilyn Hudson at 405-789-7661 x 3451 marilynahudson@yahoo.com or marilyn.hudson@swcu.edu



Have you got a story to tell? A 'storytelling showcase' is an opportunity to try out your oral presentation with a supportive audience of avid listeners. Tallgrass Tellers, the regional storytelling group for the Bartlesville area, will host the September Storytelling Showcase this Thursday evening Sept 18, 7pm in Room B (downstairs) of the Bartlesville Public Library.

Members of Tallgrass Tellers have prepared new stories to try out. Deborah Langley is working on folktales about tricksters and our staple food crops. Nancy Lenhart polishes episodes from her fascinating life experiences. Tallgrass president Fran Stallings is developing some of the Japanese folktales she edited for a recent book, Folktales from the Japanese Countryside.

Between stories by the Tallgrass members, guests are invited to share a tale of their own. At the August showcase a Kansas librarian told a lively African folktale; an Osage County woman told about an adopted cat who raised another feline foundling; and a Bartlesville man spun a very tall tale about photographs of dinosaur. Tallgrass Tellers look forward to hearing more great stories on Thursday!

The meeting is free and open to the public Sept 18, 7pm, at the Bartlesville Public Library room B.


Bartleville Storytelling Event

Tallgrass Tellers: New Work Showcase and open mic, Sept 18, 2008 at 7pm at the Bartlesville Public Library. Also , nearby in Tulsa will be the TulseyTown Yarnspinners ,Sept 30 6pm.