Via the use of technology, this year’s PLS Big Read featured author, Ron Carlson, will be coming to the Pioneer Library System service area for a pair of presentations.

Carlson will present via video conference in “A Conversation with Ron Carlson,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the National Weather Center, 120 David L. Boren Blvd. in Norman. Carlson will discuss the themes of his novel “Five Skies” and his writing process in general.

Carlson is a longtime and award-winning short story writer who wrote “Five Skies” after a break of about 30 years from novel writing. The book is this year’s PLS Big Read featured novel, with activities throughout the library system geared around it.

One of these will be a Creative Writing Workshop presented by Carlson from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, with the stream airing at multiple PLS libraries. The Blanchard, McLoud, Moore, Norman West, Shawnee, Southwest Oklahoma City and Tecumseh libraries will have the author’s workshop.

The presentations will wrap up this year’s 12th edition of The Big Read in the Pioneer Library System. The Big Read is a celebration of literature started by the National Endowment for the Arts as a way for communities to get together for activities centered around classic literature.

Sponsors for this year’s activities are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Norman Arts Council, Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Pioneer Library System.

Find out more by going online to the PLS Big Read website,