About the Book
“The Ruins of Us” is a fast-paced work of contemporary fiction that explores the terrain of family relationships complicated by cultural conflict.
After more than 20 years of marriage to wealthy Saudi Abdullah al-Baylani, Rosalie, an American expatriate, discovers that her husband has taken a Palestinian second wife, which makes her contemplate escaping both the marriage and the country she has grown to love. Leaving will not be easy, however, given the country’s restrictions on women and the needs of her teenage children – a headstrong daughter becoming increasingly westernized and a son succumbing to radicalism. Continue reading
A One Read Art Exhibit
Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia)
“Your heart’s love has no land, no homeland, no address.” ~ poet Nizar Qabbani, as quoted by Keija Parssinen in “The Ruins of Us”
Inspired by this year’s One Read selection, we invite Mid-Missouri artists to contribute works that explore the idea of home, of leaving and returning, or what Parssinen calls “that mysterious child-love for a left-behind place,” a place that largely exists in one’s imagination or memory. Cash prizes will be awarded for three winners, courtesy of Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The third place winner will receive $50, the second place winner $75 and the first place winner $125 plus a free educational class from the Columbia Art League. Art will be displayed September 8-21 at Orr Street Studios with an opening reception, awards and program on Tuesday, September 10 at 6 p.m.
- Artists must be at least 16 years of age.
- Artists may submit one work in any visual medium.
- Pieces should be ready for display (with secure hanging wire if applicable).
- Work should be labeled on the back with your name, phone number or email, title of the work and medium used.
- Submit artwork to Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia).
- Submission dates are:
- Friday, September 6, Noon-3 p.m.
- Saturday, September 7, Noon-3 p.m.
- Sunday, September 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
- After the exhibit, artists can pick up their artwork Sunday, September 22 or Monday, September 23 between noon and 3 p.m.
Questions? Contact Lauren Williams at 573-443-3161 or by e-mail.
Special thanks to Orr Street Studios, the Columbia Art League and Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs for their support!
Each winter, the public submits suggestions for next year’s One Read book. In January, a panel of community members reviews the suggestions, narrowing that list down to 10 titles, and then chooses two or three books to present for a public vote.
Final 10 Selections
Voting for the 2013 One Read book is now closed. We appreciate all of you who cast your vote for either “The Call” by Yannick Murphy or “The Ruins of Us” by Keija Parssinen.
On May 20 we will announce the winning book here at oneread.org.
In the meantime, read more about our finalists!
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