Claremore Daily Progress

April 16, 2014

Freelance writer, lecturer to be special guest at Friends of Library meeting

Tom Fink
Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE — Next Monday, the Friends of the Library will host author and lecturer Deborah Bouziden at their regular meeting.

Bouziden has had numerous articles and books published, and has spoken and conducted writing workshops throughout the southwest. She will serve as guest speaker for the monthly meeting of the Friends.

Bouziden, who started writing and publishing magazine articles in 1985, will discuss her book, “The Evolution of a Book: How ‘Remarkable Oklahoma Women Came to Be.”

She will go through the steps she took in writing the book, from the day the editor called about the project until the day she “finally held the book in her hand.”

In 1995, with a team of eight other writers, Bouziden worked with former First Lady of Oklahoma Cathy Keating on the New York Times bestseller “In Their Name,” a book about the Oklahoma City bombing.

In 2000 and 2001, Bouziden saw the release of four of her books: “The Journal Wheel and Guidebook,” a tool for those who journal, “Yankee Surrender,” a fiction work about the Civil War, “How-to Get Free Books (and Maybe Even Paid) as a Book Reviewer,” and “How to Be a Handwriting Analyst.”

In the following decade, Bouziden continued to publish short stories and contributed chapters to several books on a contract basis for publishing companies like Inprint Publishing and F&W Publishing.

In 2009, Globe Pequot released its Seventh Edition of “Oklahoma, Off the Beaten Path,” a tour guidebook on which Bouziden worked for three editions.

“Devoted to Trucking”, Bouziden’s second book for 2009 was released in May 2009 and in December 2009, her book, “Insider’s Guide to Oklahoma City”, another tour guidebook for Globe was released.

In early 2012, “How-to Start a Home Based House Painting Business,” was released and in February 2013, Globe released Bouziden’s “More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Oklahoma Women,” a book about twelve women who lived in Oklahoma and contributed to its history. Her latest book, “How-to Start a Home Based Quilting Business” was released in December 2013.

She has served as secretary, vice president, conference coordinator (twice), and President of the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, a writer’s organization 600 strong and growing. She served as consultant to the Professionalism in Writing organization for two years and is CEO of Creative Ambitions, a company dedicated to helping adults and children discover their creative selves through the Arts.

Friends of the Library will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 21 in the Will Rogers Library, 1515 N. Florence. The program, free open to the public, will follow a brief business session and refreshments.

The Friends of the Library supports the Will Rogers Library through fundraising activities such as the annual Book Sale that facilitate the purchase of purchase of books, materials, equipment, programs and decorations. Friends of the Library is the primary support for the Children’s Summer Reading Program and other special activities for children and adults alike.

For more information, contact the Will Rogers Library at (918) 341-1564.