Oklahoma author Marilyn A. Hudson announces the publication of STORIES CENTER STAGE, a brief look at the history of storytelling in Oklahoma from the early years of the 20th century to today. "The book is just an introduction to the people, organizations and events that defined the role of the art form for most of Oklahoma." Using newspapers, archives, private collections, and interviews, Hudson has gathered an interesting look at the subject.
It includes history of the festivals, concerts, and groups who promoted the use of stories using the traditional oral art form we know as storytelling. In addition, short biographies introduce some of the pioneers and current artisans of the craft in the state.
"I wanted to add just a little bit to the body of knowledge we have about the development and life of this art form in the state," Hudson noted. "I hope it will inspire others to further examine the art form and preserve its history wherever it is found. I hope too that peoplediscover the vital, timeless, and ever-adapting art of sharing a story face-to-face."