The Pryor Times

November 27, 2013

From local to international, find it all at Book Exchange

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — “There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”  Marcel Proust

From Christmas books to books for Christmas, Pryor's only book store has it all.

Chris Hardy, the store owner, is looking forward to welcoming holiday shoppers.

The store has had book signings with local authors two weekends in a row, Beverly Hart signing her book “Some Were Patriots, Some Were Prodigals” and Missy Nicholas signing her book “Letters to Love.”

The store currently has autographed copies of both of those books in stock, as well as autographed copies of “Secret History of the Cherokee” and “Slim Unscripted.” An autographed copy of a local favorite would make a great gift for any reader, Hardy said.

“Right now our Duck Dynasty items are selling like crazy,” said Hardy.

The store features “Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen,” a cookbook, “Si-Cology 101” and “The Duck Commander Family.” Hardy also had “Duck Dynasty, I'm Dreaming of a Redneck Christmas” DVD and “Happy Happy Happy,” a CD. In addition, the store has coffee cups, stickers, key chains and teen devotionals — all Duck Dynasty.

Hardy makes a point to stock the works of local authors. Right now the selection includes, “Transitions; A Nurse's Education about Life and Death” by Becki Hawkin and a book of soap carvings done by Mary Louise Janz who was a Pryor art teacher for 30 years.

“We also have Ree Drummond's newest cookbook “The Pioneer Woman Cooks a Year of Holidays” as well as Ree's children's books. Some of them are more than picture books, they are the 'I Can Read' books,” said Hardy holding up “Charlie the Ranch Dog; Charlie's Snow Day,” which comes in at less than $4.

Hardy said many families are doing a twist on the advent calendar, calling it the 12 books of Christmas.

“They buy a different book for their kids to open every day leading up to Christmas,” said Hardy. “So I try to keep a good selection of Christmas books.”

One such Christmas book, “The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oklahoma,” features stories and pictures from popular Oklahoma landmarks.

Hardy said taking a stroll through Pryor's downtown, shopping and admiring the festive Christmas lights and storefronts, getting a cup of coffee at the diner a few doors down, buying books for your loved ones from a local bookstore, sounds like more fun than making a trip to a super store in Tulsa.

Whether you're shopping for New York Times and USA Today's best seller “I Am Malala,” or James Patterson's newest novel, “Mistress,” Hardy's got it in stock.

If you're not sure what to get the book nerd who has read everything, the store sells gift certificates as well.

Pryor Book Exchange  will have specials, sales, promotions and more book signings to be determined.

The store is located in downtown Pryor, at 3 North Adair St. and can be reached at 918-825-6015.