Authors Praise One Read

Andrea Barrett2011 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:

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About Andrea Barrett and “The Air We Breathe”

About the Author

Andrea BarrettAndrea Barrett did not start out to be a fiction writer; she wanted to be a scientist. “I really wanted to be Darwin in a skirt wandering through the Galapagos or the Amazon naming birds and trees,” she says. Instead, Barrett has translated her fascination with science and the natural world into award-winning novels and short stories. Barrett is especially drawn to the history of exploration and the suffering men and women were willing to endure in the pursuit of knowledge. The “Voyage of the Narwhal” (1998) tells of a harrowing expedition to the Arctic, while in the title story from “Ship Fever,” a doctor struggles through a typhus epidemic.
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“The Air We Breathe” Will Be Featured On KBIA’s “Intersection” Program

Join us on Monday, November 2 from 12-1 p.m. on KBIA 91.3 FM to discuss this year’s One Read book, “The Air We Breathe” by Andrea Barrett. In studio guests include Brad Lookingbill of Columbia College, Darwin and Axie Hindman and Lisa Saffran director of MU’s Masters in Public Health Program.

Intersection is a new talk show produced by KBIA and the Reynolds Journalism Institute. You can listen to the show on KBIA 2 digital radio, or watch the show live by visiting

On Intersection, we want YOU to become part of the conversation. Share your thoughts about the book by calling in at 573-882-8925, e-mailing us at, or participating in the live online chat throughout the broadcast.

Call for Entries: One Read Express Yourself Art Show

Once again this year, we will be hosting a show of artwork by community members. Artists may begin submitting work now for the One Read Express Yourself Art Show. Submissions should be inspired this year’s book, “The Air We Breathe.”