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!
Author T.C. Boyle traveled to Mid-Missouri in 2006, the year our community read his book, “The Tortilla Curtain.” That novel was also the University of Missouri’s choice for their annual MIZZOU Reads program. In recent note he had this to say about his visit:
The One Read Program at the University of Missouri and the community-wide read of my novel, “The Tortilla Curtain,” was exemplary. Not only was I able to meet such a large group of enthusiastic readers personally, but I was able to explore the state a bit too. It is always an honor to be chosen for such a program, which allows readers to discuss and argue over a single text rather than the more usual (and, sorry to say, banal) TV shows and movies.
In honor of our 10th anniversary, we’ll be featuring the words of authors and speakers from past years’ programs. Thank you to our task force, reading panel, discussion leaders, panel participants and community of readers – your support is what makes this program great!
In 2005, the community read “Ender’s Game,” by Orson Scott Card. After Card’s visit to Mid-Missouri, he shared his thoughts on One Read:
I had a wonderful time in Columbia–especially at the library!–and I feel honored that “Ender’s Game” was chosen to be part of the strongest, best-supported one-city-one-book program I’ve seen. (And this is no small achievement–Spokane, Washington, for instance, had an excellent program.)
I was particularly impressed by the way that community leaders took part – not just giving financial support, but spending their own time (and prestige) in leading discussions and showing that One Read matters . . .”
Read the words of other One Read authors and speakers in honor of the program’s 10th anniversary.
In 2003, the community read “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and author and Harper Lee scholar Claudia Durst Johnson visited Mid-Missouri as part of that year’s One Read program. She recently shared with us these generous words about her time here:
I must say that, out of the many lectures I have given across the country, this experience was the best organized and so one of the most effective programs I have come across. The technical assistance was the best, and the choice of a leader for the question and answer period was an excellent one. The audience had obviously been encouraged to be well prepared with thought-provoking questions. As I recall, we continued well beyond the scheduled time for closure. I look forward to returning to Columbia one of these days!
In honor of our 10th anniversary, we’ll be featuring the words of authors and speakers from past years’ programs. Praise for the program is also praise for our community members – after all, your participation and support is what makes this program great!
2011 marks ten years of our community reading together. In honor of this anniversary, a number of the authors and featured speakers from past years’ programs have sent notes of congratulations and provided kind words about their experiences participating in One Read. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be sharing their words with you. After all, your participation and support is what makes this program great!
Author Andrea Barrett traveled to Mid-Missouri in 2009, the year our community read her book “The Air We Breathe.” She has this to say about her visit: