On this edition of our show, a conversation with the prolific and bestselling author Sharon Draper, who's the winner of this year's Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature. This prize is awarded each year by the Tulsa Library Trust, and Ms. Draper will formally accept the honor at a presentation and address on Friday the 28th at 7pm. This event happens at the Hardesty Regional Library here in Tulsa, and Ms. Draper will also speak about her life and works, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of her books. (She'll also present awards to winners of the Tulsa City-County Library's 2015 Young People's Creative Writing Contest.) As we learn on today's ST, Ms. Draper was a grade school teacher -- and an award-winning and nationally recognized one, in fact -- for some two decades before she began writing books for children and young adults. Her many books include "Darkness Before Dawn," "The Battle of Jericho," "Copper Sun," "Double Dutch," "Out of My Mind," and "Romiette and Julio," among others. You can learn more about her upcoming, free-to-the-public appearance here in Tulsa at this link.