The 18th annual Literary Voices® fundraising dinner will be held on Thursday, September 22nd, 2022, at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. Author Elizabeth Strout will speak following the 7 pm dinner. An exclusive VIP cocktail hour with the author will be held in the Sable Room of the club at 6 pm. Sponsorships, VIP tickets and dinner tickets are available.
Guests to the event will enjoy an opportunity to ask questions of the author, who will also briefly sign books following the event. Full Circle Bookstore will offer a selection of the author’s titles.
The dinner benefits the Library Endowment Trust, which helps to support the Metropolitan Library System by providing additional funding for programs, materials, and services. This year's event will also honor Robert and Sody Clements with the Lee B. Brawner award for their outstanding work on behalf of libraries and literacy in Oklahoma.
2022 Author & Speaker
Elizabeth Strout is an award-winning and bestselling author of several works including the Pulitzer Prize winning Olive Kitteridge, which was developed for a limited television series starring actress Frances McDormand.
In both short stories and fiction, Strout has received numerous awards and recognition. Her sequel, Olive Again, is an Oprah Book Club Pick; Anything Is Possible, is the winner of the Story Prize; The Burgess Boys was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and NPR. Each time, Strout has landed on the NYT bestseller list.
Born in Portland, Maine, Strout grew up in small towns in Maine and New Hampshire. From a young age she was drawn to writing things down, keeping notebooks that recorded the quotidian details of her days. She was also drawn to books, and spent hours of her youth in the local library lingering among the stacks of fiction. During her adolescent years, Strout continued writing avidly, having conceived of herself as a writer from early on. She read biographies of writers, and was already studying – on her own – the way American writers, in particular, told their stories. Poetry was something she read and memorized; by the age of sixteen was sending out stories to magazines. Her first story was published when she was twenty-six.
Strout attended Bates College, graduating with a degree in English. Later, she went to Syracuse University College of Law, where she received a law degree along with a Certificate in Gerontology. Her latest novel, Oh, William! was released in 2021.
Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine.
An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in this new work of fiction by #1 bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.
Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.
A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys, have illuminated our most tender relationships.
Now, in My Name Is Lucy Barton, this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all—the one between mother and daughter.
Previous Literary Voices Speakers
Lee B. Brawner
Lee B. Brawner
Lee B. Brawner served as executive director of the Metropolitan Library System from 1971 until 1999. During his 28-year tenure as director, the library system grew from 11 facilities to 17 stretching across Oklahoma County. Lee was a champion of intellectual freedom, winning the 1998 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in the Education category for “his devotion to the principles of intellectual freedom.”
Prior to his career in Oklahoma City, Lee worked as a librarian in Texas at both the Dallas and Waco public libraries. He held an MLS from George Peabody College, Nashville. In 2003 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was named after him, from the Library Endowment Trust.
A frequent contributor to library literature, in 1996 Lee co-authored the book Determining Your Public Library’s Future Size: A Needs Assessment and Planning Model with architect Don Beck. As principal consultant of Brawner Associates, a consulting firm founded after his retirement from active library directorship, Lee conferred with over 100 libraries and participated in library studies and assessments, including planning and programming for over 140 library buildings across the United States.
Active in professional, civic and cultural organizations, Lee received the 1997 Pioneer Award for providing the vision and leadership that have created a library system valued locally and respected by library professionals throughout America.
2022 Lee B. Brawner Award Recipient
Robert and Sody Clements
Robert and Sody Clements have made significant contributions to the Oklahoma City community and supporting libraries and literacy has been no exception.
Robert Clements is Executive Vice-President of Clements Foods Co., a local business with international presence. Founded in 1953 by Robert’s father and grandfather, Clements Foods is now in its 65th year of family ownership and management. Sody McCampbell Clements serves the community in myriad ways, most recently on the council for the City of Nichols Hills. Sody and Robert have been married for over 30 years and have two sons, Robert and William.
Life-long residents of Nichols Hills, the Clements have served in leadership roles for the Kirkpatrick Foundation, the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Board, Festival of the Arts, Lyric Theatre and many other nonprofit organizations.
Their overwhelming professional leadership and support, combined with their long history of bringing others into the fold of library and literacy advocacy is why we the Library Endowment Trust is honored to recognize them both with the Lee B. Brawner Award. We are grateful for the legacy the Clements’ have built throughout our library community and are grateful for this opportunity to recognize them.
Lee B. Brawner Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
Lawrence H. and Ronna C. Davis
Bob and Nancy Anthony
Steve and Cara Belcher