Forgive a moment of self promotion.
My latest book with longtime collaborator Jack Money, “Skirvin” hits stores in December with a launch and signing party at 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel at 1 Park Avenue, downtown Oklahoma City.
“Skirvin” is brought to you by the same team behind the award-winning 2006 book “OKC Second Time Around,” which was designed by Carl Brune (who won best design for the title in 2007 Oklahoma Book Awards) and published by Full Circle Books.
As with “OKC Second Time Around,” Jack and Steve use a narative novel-style approach to telling the history of the 99-year-old hotel. Their story, fully foot-noted and sourced, addresses mysterious deaths of key hotel figures, family controversies that cost W.B. Skirvin control of the hotel in his later life, the turmoil of the civil rights era, and the often misunderstood efforts by owners in the 1970s and 1980s to keep the legend alive in a downtown that was on the verge of itself going dark.
“Skirvin” is a story of perseverence, glamour and grit. The book tells how a city collectively refused to let the hotel go dark forever, and how bad it got before finally reopening in 2007.
Join the fun and celebration December 2.