Local author Bob Perry will visit the Shawnee Public Library 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss his latest book “Brothers of the Cross Timber.” The presentation will include a slide show of historical photographs from Pottawatomie County.


Local author Bob Perry will visit the Shawnee Public Library 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss his latest book “Brothers of the Cross Timber.” The presentation will include a slide show of historical photographs from Pottawatomie County.
Perry has written three historical novels. His latest is set in Pottawatomie County in the early years of last century. Perry is assistant superintendent of business and industry services at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, a position he’s held since 1995.
He said he writes because he likes it. His first novel, “The Broken Statue,” has sold several thousand copies since being published in 2006.
Amazon.com describes Perry as an author who “captures the rugged and unique character that fueled the explosive growth in Oklahoma during the early 1920s. A lifetime Oklahoman, Perry has experienced the eclectic nature of the people making Oklahoma a distinctive and interesting melting pot of cultures and personalities.”
The Amazon editorial review describes “Brothers of the Cross Timber” by saying, “Some men are born brothers; others become brothers through experiences...set against the backdrop of the Great Railroad Strike of 1922, ‘Brothers of the Cross Timber’ describes the challenges families faced in the mass migration from the farm to the cities in the early 20th century.”
Perry’s books are available at the Shawnee Public Library and any of the other eight Pioneer Library System libraries.
For information about the presentation, call the library at 275-6353.