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.
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.”
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!
A One Read Art Exhibit
Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia)
“The newly arrived spring – the spots of color, the surprise of birdsong – gave the neighborhood a tumbledown, romantic quality. It reassured Lelah that the ghetto could still hold beauty, and that streets with this much new life could still have good in them.”
~ Angela Flournoy, “The Turner House”
Inspired by this year’s One Read selection, we invite Mid-Missouri artists ages 16 and older to contribute works that explore shelter or dwellings of any kind – homes, neighborhoods, families or places that give people or animals refuge.
Cash prizes will be awarded for three winners, courtesy of Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The third place winner will receive $50, the second place winner $75 and the first place winner $125. First place will also receive a one-year membership to the Columbia Art League. Art will be displayed August 27 through September 22 at Orr Studios with a reception, awards and program on Friday, September 1 at 6 p.m.
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