Author’s Talk With Angela Flournoy

Join us later this month to hear author Angela Flournoy talk about her novel “The Turner House.” After her remarks, she will answer questions from the audience and sign copies of her book.

photo of Angela Flournoy
Photo by LaToya T. Duncan


Wednesday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Shelter: Art Exhibit Winners

photo of woman examining painting of landscape

For this year’s One Read art exhibit, we asked artists from Mid-Missouri to submit works that shelter or dwellings of any kind – homes, neighborhoods, families or places that give people or animals refuge. Thank you to all the artists who participated!

At the awards reception on September 1, the following winners were announced. Congratulations to all! The exhibit will be on display at Orr Street Studios through September 22.

First Place:

photo of artist with his winning painting“Back in the Day,” acrylic
by Larry Carver




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Every Turner Dances: The Music of Detroit

It’s nearly impossible to think of Detroit, the setting of “The Turner House,” without thinking about its rich music scene. Earlier this month, Aarik Danielsen of the Columbia Daily Tribune, took us on a tour of the sounds of the city, and he played samples of a variety of genres that came out of the Motor City: soul, jazz, hip-hop and rock and roll.

In case you missed it (or if you just want to get lost in some great tunes from Detroit), we’ve shared his playlist here. Enjoy!

Flash Fiction: Haunted

Update: Thank you for all of your entries! We’ll be announcing our winners here on October 18.


Mystical Beech Wood Tree

“Humans haunt more houses than ghosts do.”
-Angela Flournoy, “The Turner House”


In this year’s One Read selection, the characters are haunted by a variety of issues. Francis Turner moved from Arkansas to Detroit to start fresh and escape his past, while, years later, his son Cha-Cha is haunted by a “haint.”

Taking inspiration from “The Turner House,” we invite you to tell a story about a haunting in 250 words or less. It could be about a haunting by a ghost, the haunting consequences of a past decision or some other type of haunting entirely — the choice is yours!

Enter September 1-26 using this form. You can also mail in your entry or drop it off at any library or bookmobile stop. (See full rules below for details.) Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published on this site and in the Columbia Missourian. Winners will receive a $25 book store gift card.

Participants must be age 16 or older and residents of Boone or Callaway Counties. Read on for complete contest rules.


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