Owasso author Larry G. Johnson has been named a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award in the category of Non-fiction for his book, “Tar Creek: A History of the Quapaw Indians, the Largest Lead & Zinc Discovery, and the Tar Creek Superfund Site.”
The winner will be announced at the Oklahoma Book Award ceremony, Saturday, April 17, 2010, at the Edward L. Gaylord-T.Boone Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Johnson will be signing copies of his book from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The book describes the events that occurred in Picher, Oklahoma, starting with the origin of the Native American tribes and leading up to the horrific environmental hazards and final destruction of this town in the May 2008 tornadoes.
“Tar Creek” effectively spins the true tale of the Quapaw Indians, the world’s greatest discovery of lead and zinc, and the making of the oldest and largest environmental Superfund site in America.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com. This is also an eLIVE title, meaning each copy contains a code redeemable for a free audio version from TatePublishing.com.
Johnson grew up on a family dairy farm near Owasso, Oklahoma, and received his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Tulsa. Following two years in the US Army with a tour of duty with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam, he spent thirty years serving in corporate leadership positions of publicly held companies. He presently works as an independent business consultant and lives with his wife in Owasso.