After the End: One Read Flash Fiction Contest

In this year’s One Read selection, a famous actor dies of a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear, and hours later, life as we know it begins to unwind. A flu pandemic eliminates 95% of the population. Twenty years later, the survivors navigate a world without electricity, transportation or medicine. Taking inspiration from “Station Eleven,” we invite you to tell a story about a world’s end in 250 words or less. This world can be small and personal, like one’s family or home, or more literal, like a country or a planet. Give us an ending -- and what comes after. Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published online and the winners will receive book store gift cards. Participants must be age 16 or older and residents of Boone or Callaway Counties. Entries may be submitted online at or at any library or bookmobile. Full details available online. Entries are due by September 23.

One Read Display: "What Would You Miss?"
Callaway County Public Library

This year's One Read Book, "Station Eleven," references the future collapse of civilization. When you think about the world ending, what kinds of things do you think you would miss? Stop by the library to write items you would miss on our wall display.

First Wednesday Book Discussion
Callaway County Public Library

Join us as we discuss this year's One Read selection, "Station Eleven," by Emily St. John Mandel. Twenty years after a deadly flu outbreak kills most of the world’s population, what survives? What matters? This haunting novel threads together the connected stories of people living before and after the end of the world into a lyrical examination of the importance of art and what it means to be human.

"Station Eleven" Audiobook Broadcast

Listen to the audiobook version of this year's One Read selection and hear announcements on additional One Read programming every weekday August 31-September 30 (except Sept. 7, Labor Day).

Bookmobile Stop at Holts Summit
Holts Summit Plaza

On board, you'll find books, music, DVDs and other services for all ages. You can browse several thousand titles or pick up items you've requested online or over the phone.

Dual Ties: A Creative Journey
Columbia, Historic Costume Gallery, Lela Raney Wood Hall, Stephens College

Can art and design become one? With this graphic design exhibition, Kate Gray examines the dual selves required to be an artist and designer, a learner and a student. This examination of the role of art in one's life is in keeping with the spirit of this year's One Read book, "Station Eleven." Gray is an assistant professor of graphic design at Stephens College. Her show will run Sept. 3-27. Regular gallery hours are Wed. Noon-1 p.m., Thu. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. Noon-3 p.m. On Thu., September 17, the exhibit opens at 5 p.m. as a part of the reception for the One Read discussion on "The Intersection of Art and Society."

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