Our sincere thanks to all of you who read or listened to “The Tiger’s Wife” by Téa Obreht and joined us for one of this year’s outstanding One Read events. We capped off the month with an extremely enjoyable “virtual visit” from the author who answered questions about her book via videoconference. She was funny, gracious and a real delight.
Enjoy some photos from a few of this year’s excellent programs:
We invited area artists to submit works inspired by the themes of secrets, stories, superstitions and personal myth in this year's One Read selection. The exhibit, Mythos, was graciously hosted by Orr Street Studios, and on September 11, we held an artists' reception and storytelling event with Missouri treasures Gladys Coggswell and Angela Williams.
The documentary "Neither Here Nor There," presented at Ragtag Cinema, gave viewers a glimpse of the real lives of refugees from the war alluded to in "The Tiger's Wife." In association with the Stephens College Department of Film Studies and directed by locals Kerri Yost and Beth Pike, the film focuses on the Selimovic family, Bosnian Muslim refugees who have been relocated to Columbia, MO. A Q&A followed the film, with the filmmakers, Senad Music from the local Refugee & Immigration Services office and a Bosnian refugee answering questions.
On September 7, MU's Museum of Art & Archaeology showed the film "Welcome to Sarajevo." Set during the Third Balkan War, the conflict alluded to in "The Tiger's Wife," this film uses actual footage from the war to help tell this true story of a news crew that helps orphaned children escape the war.