Michael Wallis, 1991
Tulsa Author to be Featured Speaker
This story originally appeared in Spring 1991 Perspectives
The festivities of National Library Week will culminate with the first formal event of the Friends of the OSU Library on Friday, April 19. A reception for all members of the Friends will be held in the Student Union at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. for Friends and guests who purchase tickets. After dinner the Friends will be treated to a speech by Oklahoma author Michael Wallis. Edna Mae Phelps, chair of the Friends' Organizing Committee, said, "We are pleased to invite all current members of the Friends, all previous donors to the OSU Library and future Friends to our first function. It will be a delightful evening."
Michael Wallis has been a writer since 1968. An award-winning reporter, his work has been published in more than 100 national and international magazines and newspapers including Time, Life, People, Smithsonian, Esquire and The New York Times.
Since 1983, Wallis has been based in Tulsa. He is the author of the bestselling Oil Man, a biography of Frank Phillips of the Phillips Petroleum family. Wallis recently recreated a pictorial journey along America's legendary highway - Route 66:The Mother Road. The product of 17 years of research, Route 66 is at once a lavishly illustrated travel guide and a hefty slice of nostalgic Americana. Wallis is currently at work on a book about Pretty Boy Floyd.
Michael Wallis discusses "Cars 2"
Wallis on CSPAN's Book TV: Part 1
View the remaining program on Wallis's YouTube channel
Route 66: The Mother RoadRead an excerpt of Route 66 Find Route 66 in BOSS
Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd
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