A One Read Art Exhibit
Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia and orrstreetstudios.com)
“I suppose a room is the summation of all that has happened inside it”
~ Amor Towles, “A Gentleman in Moscow”
Inspired by this year’s One Read book “A Gentleman in Moscow” we invite Mid-Missouri artists ages 16 and older to contribute works that explore the experiences of isolation and confinement.
Cash prizes will be awarded for three winners, sponsored by Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The third place winner will receive $50, second place $75 and first place $125 plus a one-year membership to the Columbia Art League.
The exhibit will take place September 1-26 and will be viewed virtually at www.orrstreetstudios.com.
Submission Details Read More
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
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Kim Michele Richardson
The Disappearing Spoon
A Gentleman in Moscow (Winner)
A Key to Treehouse Living
The Last Days of Night (Runner-up)
The Library Book
My Sister, the Serial Killer
Other Suggested Titles Read More
About the Book
“A Gentleman in Moscow” is a grand adventure that takes place within the walls of a single luxury hotel.
In 1922, a Bolshevik tribunal sentences Count Alexander Rostov to house arrest in the luxurious Hotel Metropol. For the next 30 years, the Count experiences his country’s upheaval and transformation from the confines of his attic room, the building’s grand public spaces and the behind-the-scenes domains of hotel employees-turned-friends. While Rostov cannot go out into the world, the world comes to him in the form of Nina, a bureaucrat’s precocious daughter; the film actress Anna Urbanova; American intelligence officer Richard Vanderwhile; and even political leaders like Nikita Khrushchev. This novel is a lightly drawn, episodic portrait of Russia’s 20th century political history, as well as a charming tale of one man’s dedication to family, memory and home. Read More
Voting for the 2020 One Read book is now closed. We appreciate everyone who cast a vote for either either “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles or “The Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore.
We will announce the winning book on May 19 here at oneread.org.
In the meantime, read more about the two finalists.
The One Read reading panel narrowed the list of more than 160 book suggestions for the 2020 program to two top contenders. Between now and April 24, cast your vote for either “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles or “The Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore. Read More