Author Richard Ford to be honored

Novelist and short-story writer Richard Ford is coming to Tulsa in December to receive the 2017 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award.

For 40 years, Ford has portrayed everyday contemporary middle-class American life in such works as The Sportswriter, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land and Let Me Be Frank With You. Earlier this year, he released his first nonfiction title, Between Them: Remembering My Parents, a memoir which has received many favorable reviews.

For his body of work and contribution to the field of literature and letters, the Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Library Trust will honor Ford with the 33rd annual Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, which consists of a $40,000 cash prize and engraved crystal book. He will receive the award at a black-tie gala on Dec. 1 and will give a free public address on Dec. 2 at 10:30 a.m. Both events will take place at Central Library, Fifth Street and Denver Avenue.

The Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries will offer “A Richard Ford Sampler” as a part of its popular Books Sandwiched In series on Nov. 27 at 12:10 p.m. at Central Library in Aaronson Auditorium. Adrian Alexander, dean of the University of Tulsa’s McFarlin Library and chair of the Distinguished Author Award Selection Committee, will review a selection of Ford’s work, highlighting its significance and impact. For more information, visit or call 918-549-7323.