The Coffee Cup Bunch of the Friends of the Library will hear a review of Janis Cramer’s latest memoir, “Growing Up Thomas: ‘50s and ‘60s Oklahoma” presented by the author herself. The event will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at the Altus Public Library.
The book is a retelling of stories Cramer grew up hearing on Sunday afternoons around her family’s Muskogee dinner table, such as: stories of the Depression, of six sons fighting in World War II, and of three homes destroyed by a tornado. Cramer lived her own fantastic stories as well, from adventures with her two brothers and an army of cousins to 1960s teenage angst suffered during the New Math, the Race for Space, the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge, and other middle and high school tribulations. “Growing Up Thomas” chronicles these captivating vignettes of her young life.
“Growing Up Thomas” could be about any small town in middle America and the children that grew up in a simpler and more innocent time. It will bring back memories of the 50’s and 60’s that havd been filed away in the recesses of your mind, only to be reawakened by reading this book. Cramer has a unique ability to write a story that makes you feel a part of the story,” commented Jennie Buchanan, program chair for the Coffee Cup Bunch.
Now retired from Education, Cramer is a world traveler and an avid Oklahoma City Thunder fan, known as “The Sign Lady.” A dragon boat paddler, she competes in two regattas a year at Oklahoma Riversport with her teammates from the Bethany YMCA. An award-winning teacher, Janis taught high school English and creative writing at Muskogee and Mustang for thirty years. As Co-Director of the Oklahoma Writing Project for twelve years, she helped colleagues become outstanding teachers of writing and developing teacher leaders across the state. Through her affiliation with the National Writing Project, she was influential in helping colleagues districtwide, statewide, and nationwide to become outstanding teachers of writing. “Growing Up Thomas” is her second self-published book.
The Coffee Cup Bunch meets on the first Wednesday of each month. The meetings are free and open to the public.
Reach Jennie Buchanan at 580-482- 1044