The Public Library of Enid and Garfield County is hosting a special author event with Enid native Quraysh “Q” Ali Lansana, on Saturday, September 9th, beginning at 10 am.
The event will include a reception, a reading and discussion of the author’s book, “A Gift from Greensboro,” and a free book signing with books graciously donated by members of the Enid community. This event welcomes all ages.
Library Director Theri Ray said, “We are excited to welcome Q back to his hometown library! It is always a humbling honor to hear from those who were inspired in the library as a young people and have gone into the world and done great things. We look forward to the possibility of future collaborations as well.” In addition to visiting the library, Q will visit the Booker T. Washington Community Center at 2pm and attend a 4:30pm reception at Settlers Brewery Company.
Q graduated from Enid High School in 1982. He is the recipient of a 2022 Emmy Award, a 2022 Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Award, and a 2022 National Educational Telecommunications Association Public Media Award for his roles as host and consultant for the OETA (PBS) documentary film “Tulsa Race Massacre: 100 Years Later.”
Q is the author of twenty books in poetry, nonfiction and children’s literature. He is currently a Tulsa Artist Fellow, a visiting associate professor at the University of Tulsa, and the executive producer of KOSU/NPR’s Focus: Black Oklahoma. The monthly radio program is a recipient of a 2022 duPont-Columbia Award, a 2022 NAACP Image Award, a 2022 Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists Award, and was a Peabody Award nominee. In addition to numerous other awards and accomplishments, Q is a founding member of the Tri-City Collective.