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Author Ranny Grady Discusses “Lou’s Dirty Dozen” at Belle Isle Library

Ranny Grady has been a teacher, a book salesman, a preacher, a soldier, a hotelier, a journalist, but he now may have found his life’s work as author and publisher.  It’s a big world and it seems as if Grady knows every inch of it.

Ranny Grady, author and publisher of “Lou’s Dirty Dozen,” a heart-warming novel of family values and surviving the Great Depression, will present “An Evening With Ranny Grady” at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, on Wednesday, October 8, from 7:00 to 8:00pm.

"Lou's Dirty Dozen" is a novel based upon true events.

“It is a story told through the eyes and heart of a ten-year-old girl, who is based on the author's mother, who will soon celebrate her 94th birthday,” said Belle Isle librarian Ann Meeks.  “The novel is about her remarkable mother, Lula, who was widowed in 1929 with a dozen children. The story depicts the struggles and great achievements of Lula and her family.”

Author Grady was born in Kansas in 1940.  His family moved to El Reno, Oklahoma, in the early 1950s and Grady graduated from El Reno High in 1958.  He attended Phillips University in Enid on a basketball scholarship, and later taught school in Enid and Oklahoma City.  He now

lives in a log home in Monticello, Kentucky, where he has taken to the life of a fiction writer and publisher.

His passion, he says, is “to write biblically based stories that will challenge the believer” to draw closer to his or her faith.

 Books will be available for purchase and signing.

“An Evening With Ranny Grady” is suitable for audiences aged 6 and older.  For more information or to sign up for the event, stop by the Belle Isle Reference Desk or call 843-9601. Also, read librarian Phyllis Davidson’s review of “Lou’s Dirty Dozen” in the October issue of info magazine – available at all Metropolitan Libraries.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org