In 2008 our community read “The Whistling Season” by Ivan Doig, a celebration of education of all sorts. During that year’s program, Doig remarked, “My narrator in ‘The Whistling Season,’ Paul Milliron, educator and bookman and graduate of a one-room school that he was, would have fully known the value of a community read.” Recently, Doig sent these well-wishes to mid-Missouri:
Even from most of a continent away, Columbia’s warmth toward my book could be felt. “The Whistling Season” has had many community reads, including one entire state, but the enthusiasm of the One Read organizers in “bringing” me by video conference was memorably singular, as was the response of the library crowds. May One Read successfully count many more birthdays in bringing books and minds together in so spirited a fashion.
Read the words of celebration and congratulations from other past One Read authors and speakers. And thank you for making this program great!