Fire in Beulah: Author talk and discussion about the Tulsa Race Massacre with Rilla Askew
- Wednesday, May 19, 6-7:30pm
- Crystal Bridge Visitor Center
- Pre-registration is appreciated here
- Masks required
Join renowned author Rilla Askew as she discusses the events of the Tulsa Race Massacre and the climate that led to this tragedy. Askew will read from her book, Fire in Beulah, a historical fiction novel about the massacre and lead a discussion afterwards about the legacy of this event. Copies of Fire in Beulah will be available for purchase thanks to Full Circle Bookstore.
Rilla Askew is the author of four novels, a book of stories, and a collection of creative nonfiction, as well as plays, articles, and essays. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Oklahoma.
Fire in Beulah is the second of her four novels and is about the Tulsa Race Massacre. It received the American Book Award, the Myers Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, and was selected as the centennial book for Oklahoma’s One Book One State program.
In 2009 she received the Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book in 2011.
Fire in Beulah
Set during the tense days of the Oklahoma oil rush, Fire in Beulah centers on the complex relationship between Althea Whiteside, an oil wildcatter’s high-strung wife, and Graceful, her enigmatic black maid. Their juxtaposing stories, and those of others close to them, unfold against a volatile backdrop of oil-boom opulence, fear, hatred and lynchings that climax in the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, during which whites burned the city’s prosperous black neighborhood to the ground.