A huge thank you to everyone who read or listened to “The Turner House” by Angela Flournoy and participated in any of the excellent One Read events this year. In the month of September, we explored a wide variety of topics that ranged from the financial decline of 2008 to the music of Detroit. We learned how our past haunts us, and maybe haunts our family as well. We listened to author Angela Flournoy talk about her experiences that inspired her to write “The Turner House” and had the opportunity to chat with her. As a community, we investigated the topics and themes of this novel through discussions, arts, films and lectures. We want to express our appreciation to all of you who attended these events, read the book and shared it with your friends, family, coworkers and book clubs.
Thank you for being a part of this year’s One Read!
Do you have an idea for what book our community should read next? Visit this site or any library branch in November to suggest a book for next year.
As part of this year’s One Read program, we invited you to take inspiration from “The Turner House,” and tell a story about a haunting in 250 words or less. It could have been about a haunting by a ghost, the haunting consequences of a past decision or some other type of haunting entirely.
We received many entries about ghosts and ghouls, but a few were a different haunting all together. All of the writers shared their stories in less than 250 words. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your stories of hauntings!
Our two winners are Denise Felt and Leah Allen. Honorable mention goes to Wyatt Wilkerson.
We are excited to share with you the winning stories.
On September 26, KFRU’s David Lile interviewed this year’s One Read author Angela Flournoy about her novel “The Turner House.” Listen below to hear her talk about writing her debut novel, the research she conducted for it and how the history of Detroit influenced “The Turner House.”
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.