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Flash Fiction: Underdog

July 14, 2014

Photo of person typing, by Sascha Pohflepp, via Flickr“It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down . . . What matters is how many times you get up.” – Rower Joe Rantz, quoted in “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown

In 1936, the crew team from the University of Washington won Olympic gold. They shouldn’t have. They were certainly talented and determined enough to win, but the odds were stacked against them, with one team member sick, their boat given the worst lane assignment, and them missing the signal that started the gold-medal race. This year’s One Read selection, “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown, follows members of this ragtag group of rowers as they struggle through the Great Depression, physical adversity, and personal tragedy to become one of the greatest crew teams in our nation’s history.

Taking inspiration from “The Boys in the Boat,” we invite you to tell a story about beating the odds in 250 words or less. The moment can be significant or subtle, but all stories must contain an element of the underdog, of someone unexpectedly prevailing, or of a character getting up one more time than he or she is knocked down.

Starting September 2, entries may be submitted using this form, mailed or dropped off at any library or bookmobile. (See full rules below for details.) Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published on this site and winners will receive a $20 book store gift card.

Entries are due by September 23. Participants must be age 16 or older and residents of Boone or Callaway Counties. Read on for complete contest rules.

Contest Rules Eligibility
  • The contest is open to those 16 years of age and older.
  • Participants must reside within the DBRL service area (Boone or Callaway County, Missouri).
Contest Deadline
  • Entries will be accepted through Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Mailed entries must be postmarked by that date.)
Submission Requirements and Guidelines
  • One entry per individual.
  • Submissions must be 250 words or less in length.
  • Submissions must be in English.
  • Submissions must include writer’s name, age, address and email address or phone number for eligibility verification and contact purposes.
  • Entries must be in text format and typed.
  • Entries may be submitted through the online form or by mail (DBRL, ATTN: Lauren/One Read Writing Contest, PO Box 1267, Columbia, MO 65205), or dropped off at a DBRL location.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished works.
  • Each participant must be the sole author and exclusive owner of all right, title and interest in and to his or her submission.
  • DBRL’s publication and use of the submission in accordance with the terms set out herein will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party (including copyright), or require any payment to or consent/permission from any third party.
Content Restrictions
  • The submission must not contain any material that is inappropriate, indecent, profane, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.
  • The submission must not contain any material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • The submission must not contain any material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where the submission is created.
  • The submission must not contain any commercial content that promotes any product or service of the sponsor or any third party.
  • Entries will be evaluated and the winners chosen based on creativity, grammar and emotion evoked by the writing, as well as adherence to the guidelines outlined above.
  • Two winners will be announced by October 10.
  • Winning entries and those receiving honorable mentions will appear on the One Read website.
  • Winners will be notified by phone or email and will each receive a $20 bookstore gift certificate.

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One Read Art Exhibit: Call for Submissions

June 6, 2014

Photo by Nicolas Massé via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons LicenseOn the Water
A One Read Art Exhibit
Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia)

“It’s a great art, is rowing. It’s the finest art there is.” ~ George Pocock, as quoted by Daniel James Brown in “The Boys in the Boat”


Inspired by this year’s One Read selection, we invite Mid-Missouri artists to contribute works that explore a range of experiences and views of water, whether from shore or flying across the water itself, “in a poem of motion, a symphony of swinging blades.”

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. The first place winner will also receive a $100 gift certificate from the Columbia Art League Art, good for use towards any class. Art will be displayed September 7-20 at Orr Street Studios with an opening reception, awards and program on Tuesday, September 9 at 6 p.m.

Submission Details

  • Artists must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Artists may submit one work in any visual medium.
  • Pieces should be ready for display; pieces without secure hanging wire cannot be accepted (no sawtooth hangers, please).
  • Work should be labeled on the back with your name, phone number or email, title of the work and medium used.
  • Submit artwork to Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia).
  • Submission dates are:
    • Friday, September 5, Noon-5 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • After the exhibit, artists can pick up their artwork Saturday, September 20 between noon and 5 p.m. or Sunday, September 21 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Questions? Contact Lauren Williams at 573-443-3161 or by E-mail.

Special thanks to Orr Street Studios, the Columbia Art League and Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs  for their support!

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KFRU’s David Lile Interviews One Read Author Daniel Brown

May 28, 2014

On May 27, KFRU’s David Lile interviewed this year’s One Read author Daniel Brown about his book, “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.” Listen to Brown speak about the book’s origins and response to being chosen for our community-wide reading program.

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2014 One READ Winner: About “The Boys in the Boat” and Daniel Brown

May 20, 2014
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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” is an uplifting and fast-paced Cinderella story.

This nonfiction work describes the journey of nine working class young men from the University of Washington as they row their way out of obscurity and into the gold-medal race at the 1936 Olympic Games in Hitler’s Berlin. The story of poor, twice-orphaned Joe Rantz anchors this cinematic tale of passion and perseverance set against the struggles of the Great Depression and a looming Second World War. Drawing on interviews, journals and period photographs, Brown tells the fascinating story of these unlikely American heroes.

The book’s publisher calls “The Boys in the Boat” an “irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times.”

About the Author

Daniel James BrownDaniel Brown grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Diablo Valley College, the University of California at Berkeley and UCLA. He taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford before becoming a technical writer and editor. He now lives outside of Seattle, Washington and writes narrative nonfiction full time.

Brown’s book, “Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894” was named by the American Library Association as one of the best books of 2006. He is also author of the 2009 work, “The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride.”

Biographical info from and the Books & Authors Database.



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2014 List of Suggested Titles

May 20, 2014

Each winter, the public submits suggestions for next year’s One Read book. In January, a panel of community members reviews the suggestions, narrowing that list down to 10 titles, and then chooses two or three books to present for a public vote.


Final 10 Selections

Other Suggested Titles
  • 1984
    George Orwell
  • Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future
    Robert Reich
  • American Gods
    Gaiman, Neil
  • The Arabian Nights
  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
    Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Atlas Shrugged
    Ayn Rand
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum
    Atkinson, Kate
  • Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland
    Nina Mukerjee Furstenau
  • Black and Blue
    Anna Quindlen
  • The Book Thief
    Markus Zusak
  • The Burgess Boys
    Elizabeth Strout
  • Carnivorous Carnival
    Lemony Snicket
  • A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home
    Steve Pemberton
  • The Coldest Winter Ever
    Sister Souljah
  • Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness
    Pete Earley
  • Day After Night
    Anita Diamant
  • The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
    Jim DeFede
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of A President
    Candice Millard
  • A Dog’s Purpose
    W. Bruce Cameron
  • Dominique Ick Lessont and the Dragon Knight
    Eric Tripp
  • The Dovekeepers
    Alice Hoffman
  • Each Little Bird That Sings
    Debbie Wiles
  • Easter Island
    Jennifer Vanderbes
  • Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-making Race Around the World
    Matthew Goodman
  • Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
    Phil Jackson
  • Enemy Women
    Paulette Jiles
  • Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale
    Lynda Rutledge
  • Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing
    Daphne, Miller
  • The Fault in Our Stars
    John Green
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown
    Eric Blehm
  • First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
    Loung Ung
  • Flight Behavior
    Barbara Kingsolver
  • A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story
    Qais Akbar Omar
  • From Far Away
    Kyoko Hikawa
  • Girl Stolen
    April Henry
  • A Good American
    Alex George
  • The Good Lord Bird
    James McBride
  • The Green Trap
    Ben Bova
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    Mary Ann Shaffer
  • The Happiness Project
    Gretchen Rubin
  • Heart and the Fist: The Education of A Humanitarian, the Making of A Navy SEAL
    Eric Greitens
  • The Heart of a Soldier
    Kate Blaise
  • Coming Home
    Lauren Brooke
  • Here Comes Doctor Hippo: A Little Hippo Story
    Jonathan London
  • Hidden
    Helen Frost
  • Hide and Seek
    Katy Grant
  • Hobbledehoy Boy
    Richard Stickann
  • Home Front
    Kristin Hannah
  • The Horse Whisperer
    Nicholas Evans
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
    Malala Yousafzai
  • I Am Number Four – The Lost Files: The Search for Sam
    Pittacus Lore
  • I Am Troy Davis
    Jen Marlowe
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
    David Eagleman
  • Joyland
    Stephen King
  • Junebug
    Cherie Doyen
  • Ladies of the Night : A Historical and Personal Perspective on the Oldest Profession in the World
    Gene Simmons
  • The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life
    Rod Dreher
  • The Maid’s Version
    Daniel Woodrell
  • Me Before You
    Jojo Moyes
  • Meant to Be
    Lauren Morill
  • Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave
    Jennifer Fleischner
  • Nexus
    Naam Ramez
  • The Night Circus
    Erin Morgenstern
  • No, David!
    David Shannon
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane
    Neil Gaiman
  • Odd Duck
    Cecil Castellucci
  • Old Yeller
    Fred Gipson
  • The Orphan Master’s Son
    Adam Johnson
  • Pie
    Sarah Weeks
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife
    Eben Alexander, M.D.
  • The Prophet
    Kahlil Gibran
  • The Red Garden
    Alice Hoffman
  • The Rent Collector
    Camron Wright
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
    Jonathan Haidt
  • The Round House
    Louise Erdrich
  • Rules of Civility
    Amor Towles
  • The Shoes of the Fisherman
    Morris West
  • Show Me the Murder
    Carolyn Mulford
  • Sisterland
    Curtis Sittenfeld
  • So Much Pretty
    Cara Hoffman
  • The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius
    Kristine Barnett
  • The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease
    Daniel E. Lieberman
  • Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
    Rita Golden Gelman
  • Telegraph Avenue
    Michael Chabon
  • Telex From Cuba
    Rachel Kushner
  • Tenth of December
    George Saunders
  • Thank You for Your Service
    David Finkel
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
    Ann Patchett
  • A Thousand Pardons
    Jonathan Dee
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    Harper Lee
  • Together Tea
    Marjan Kamali
  • Tom T’s Hat Rack: A Story About Paying It Forward
    Michele Spry
  • Toxic Charity
    Robert Lupton
  • TransAtlantic
    Colum McCann
  • The Uglies Series
    Scott Westerfied
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
    Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Warmth of Other Suns
    Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Watchman’s Rattle
    Rebecca D. Costa
  • Wave
    Sonal Deraniyagala
  • When I Grow Up
    Juliana Hatfield
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette
    Maria Semple
  • Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It
    Gary Taubes
  • Wild
    Cheryl Strayed
  • The Wilderness Series
    David Thompson
  • The Woman in White
    Wilkie Collins
  • Wonder
    R.J. Palacio
  • Year of Wonders
    Geraldine Brooks
  • Zeitoun
    Dave Eggers
  • Zorro
    Isabel Allende

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Thank You for Your Votes! One READ Winner Announced May 20

May 3, 2014

Thank You SignVoting for the 2014 One Read book is now closed. We appreciate all of you who cast your vote for either “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain or “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel Brown.

On May 20 we will announce the winning book here at

In the meantime, read more about our finalists!

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