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Mini Memoir Writing Contest

July 6, 2016

“On Betty’s Journey, I have learned something I had not known: I am very strong, strong enough to stay, strong enough to go when the time comes. I am staying not to cling on, but because sometime, at least once, everyone should see someone through. All the way home.” – George Hodgman, “Bettyville”

Great minds only need simple tools by Antti KyllonenIn this year’s One Read selection, George Hodgman tells the story of returning to Paris, Missouri after working for years in New York City and finding both his hometown and his mother in extreme decline. The book is full of stories from his childhood, woven among his present-day struggles and triumphs as his mother’s caregiver – memories, events and conversations that formed the man he now is.

Taking inspiration from “Bettyville,” we invite you to write a personal essay of 250 words or less – a mini memoir – that recalls a pivotal event or interaction that significantly shaped your personality, crystalized your worldview, or otherwise echoed through the years of your life. The memory you choose may be a monumental moment – like the birth of a child or loss of a loved one – or seemingly small, but it should be a moment that stands for something important and from which you learned something about yourself.

Starting September 1, 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 $25 book store gift card.

Entry Form

Entries are due by September 26. 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 September 26, 2016. (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: Kat/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.
Judging
  • Entries will be evaluated and the winners chosen based on vivid language, grammar, effectiveness of details chosen, and emotion evoked by the writing, as well as adherence to the guidelines outlined above.
  • Two winners will be announced by October 12.
  • 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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The View From Here: One Read Art Exhibit Call for Submissions

June 14, 2016

Thompson Research Center, Photo by Kyle SpradleyThe View From Here
A One Read Art Exhibit
Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia)

“The sky is our sea here, our object of contemplation in all its moods and shades. My father taught me to observe it…My father loved to watch, in autumn, the long scarves of lonely birds, flying, finally together, toward home.”
~ George Hodgman, “Bettyville”

 

“Missouri in the springtime is pretty hard to beat, little boy.”
~ Betty Hodgman

 

Inspired by this year’s One Read selection, we invite Mid-Missouri artists to contribute works that explore the Midwestern landscape, rural communities, family houses or other scenes from this place we call home.

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 voucher towards a class at the Columbia Art League. Art will be displayed August 28 through September 24 at Orr Street Studios with a reception, awards and program on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 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 and title of the work.
  • Submit artwork to Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia).
  • Submission forms will be available at Orr Street on the dates below, or you may print and fill one out to bring in with your work.
  • Submission dates are:
    • Thursday, August 25, Noon-3 p.m
    • Friday, August 26, Noon-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m.-Noon
  • At the end of the exhibit, artists can pick up their work Saturday, Sept 24, Noon-3 p.m. and Sunday, September 25, Noon-3 p.m.

Questions? Contact Lauren Williams at (573) 443-3161 or by email.

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

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photo credit: Thompson Research Center, photo by Photo by Kyle Spradley, copyright MU College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources via photopin (license)

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2016 One READ Winner: About “Bettyville” and George Hodgman

May 26, 2016
About the Book

Bettyville for web

Bettyville” is a funny, tender memoir about a son coming home to a place he never quite fit to care for his aging mother.

Hodgman, after working for years as an editor in New York City, returns to Paris, Missouri and finds that his hometown and his mother Betty are both in extreme decline. The two share a fierce love, but a deep silence, as Betty has never been able to understand or accept his homosexuality. Hodgman reflects on his recovery from addiction, losing loved ones to the AIDS epidemic and his struggles to care for the still feisty but failing Betty. Funny, honest and tenderhearted, this memoir illuminates how a person is shaped by a family and community that are at once loving and damaging, flawed and beautiful.

About the Author

 Sigrid EstradaGeorge Hodgman grew up in Madison and Paris, Missouri. Hodgman is a veteran magazine and book editor who has worked at Simon & Schuster, Vanity Fair and Talk magazine. His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Interview, W and Harper’s Bazaar, among other publications. His memoir “Bettyville” was a New York Times bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. He lives in New York City and Paris, Missouri with his dog Raj.

Biographical info from georgehodgman.com and the Books & Authors Database.

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2016 List of Suggested Titles

May 26, 2016

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
  • 100 Questions & Answers About Fibromyalgia
    Sharon Ostalecki
  • $2.00 a day: Living on Almost Nothing in America
    Kathryn J. Edin
  • The Aeronaut’s Windlass
    Jim Butcher
  • All the Light We Cannot See
    Anthony Doerr
  • Almost Perfect
    Brian Katcher
  • At the Water’s Edge
    Sara Gruen
  • The August 5
    Jenna Helland
  • Bad Feminist: Essays
    Roxane Gay
  • Becoming White Smoke: A Tale of Courage and Yearning
    Amanda Kreglow
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
    Atul Gawande
  • Beloved
    Toni Morrison
  • Between the World and Me
    Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science
    Richard Dawkins
  • Brown Girl Dreaming
    Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Chaperone
    Laura Moriarty
  • Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
    Johann Hari
  • Circling the Sun
    Paula McLain
  • The Color of Water
    James McBride
  • Cutting for Stone
    Abraham Verghese
  • The Dark Is Rising
    Susan Cooper
  • The Daughters
    Adrienne Celt
  • The Day the World Came to Town
    Jim DeFede
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
    Erik Larson
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of A President
    Candice Millard
  • A Divine Revelation of Hell
    Mary K. Baxter
  • A Dog’s Purpose
    W. Bruce Cameron
  • The Doll in the Garden
    Mary Downing Hahn
  • The Education of a Traitor
    Svetlana Grobman
  • Eileen
    Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Embassytown
    China Mieville
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
    Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Far From You
    Lisa Schroeder
  • Fates and Furies
    Lauren Groff
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
    E.L. James
  • Girl in Translation
    Jean Kwok
  • Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
    Ari Berman
  • The Giver
    Lois Lowry
  • The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan
    Ellen White
  • The Heart Goes Last
    Margaret Atwood
  • The Hobbit
    J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Home Grown Stories and Home Fried Lies
    Mitch Jayne
  • I Hunt Killers
    Barry Lyga
  • I, Robot
    Isaac Asimov
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    Rebecca Skloot
  • The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel
    Robert Mazur
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
    Bryan Stevenson
  • Kitchens of the Great Midwest
    J. Ryan Stradal
  • Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
    Sarah Vowell
  • Life on the Mississippi
    Mark Twain
  • Limping Through Life: A Farm Boy’s Polio Memoir 
    Jerold Apps
  • The Little Paris Bookshop
    Nina George
  • Little Women
    Louisa May Alcott
  • Lucky Us
    Amy Bloom
  • The Maid’s Version
    Daniel Woodrell
  • Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend
    Christo Brand
  • The Mark and the Void
    Paul Murray
  • Maya’s Notebook
    Isabel Allende
  • The Memory Weaver
    Jane Kirkpatrick
  • Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight
    Martha Ackmann
  • Mine to Tell
    Colleen Donnelly
  • Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
    Jon Krakauer
  • The Nightingale
    Kristin Hannah
  • Nine Days in Heaven
    Dennis & Nolene Prince
  • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
    Alexander McCall Smith
  • Nora Webster
    Colm Tóibín
  • Notes From Boomerang Creek
    Cathy Salter
  • Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality
    Danielle Allen
  • The Peking Man Is Missing
    Claire Taschdjian
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Stephen Chbosky
  • The Prince
    Vito Bruschini
  • The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio
    Terry Ryan
  • The Prophet
    Kahlil Gibran
  • Racism Without Racists: Color-blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States
    Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • Ready Player One
    Ernest Cline
  • Room Temperature
    Nicholson Baker
  • The Sellout
    Paul Beatty
  • The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
    Nicholas Carr
  • Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World
    Linda R. Hirshman
  • Slaves in the Family
    Edward Ball
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
    Lisa See
  • The Space Between Us
    Thrity Umrigar
  • The Sparrow
    Mary Doria Russell
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl
    Rachel Simon
  • The Stranger’s Child
    Alan Hollinghurst
  • Swamplandia
    Karen Russell
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate
    Naomi Klein
  • Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier
    Edward Glaeser
  • Truth: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power
    Mary Mapes
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno
    Anthony Marra
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
    Laura Hillenbrand
  • Voyage: A Novel of 1896
    Sterling Hayden
  • Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
    Isabel Wilkerson
  • We Never Asked for Wings
    Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • West With the Night
    Beryl Markham
  • What Was Mine
    Helen Klein Ross
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
    Maria Semple
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard
    Susan Crandall
  • Why Evolution Is True
    Jerry A. Coyne
  • A Wilder Rose
    Susan Wittig Albert
  • The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World
    David Jaher
  • A Wrinkle in Time
    Madeleine L’Engle
  • Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
    Neil Shubin

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Thank You For Voting! One Read Announcement May 26

May 3, 2016

Thank You SignVoting for the 2016 One Read book is now closed. We appreciate all of you who cast your vote for either “Bettyville” by George Hodgman or “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford.

On May 26 we will announce the winning book here at oneread.org.

In the meantime, read more about our finalists!

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One Read Vote 2016

April 11, 2016
Vote for the Next One Read Book April 11-29

“Bettyville”
by George Hodgman

“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”
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Learn More About the 2016 One Read Finalists

April 11, 2016

The One Read reading panel narrowed the list of more than 115 book suggestions for the 2016 program to two top contenders. Between now and April 29, cast your vote for either “Bettyville” by George Hodgman or “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford.

Bettyville by George Hodgman“Bettyville” by George Hodgman

Hodgman, after working for years as an editor in New York City, returns to Paris, Missouri, and finds that his hometown and his aging mother Betty are both in extreme decline. The two share a fierce love, but a deep silence, as Betty has never been able to understand or accept his homosexuality. Hodgman reflects on his recovery from addiction, losing loved ones to the AIDS epidemic and his struggles to care for the still feisty but failing Betty. Funny, honest and tenderhearted, this memoir illuminates how a person is shaped by a family and community that are at once loving and damaging, flawed and beautiful.

Preview the first few pages of “Bettyville.”

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford

When the renovation of a historic Seattle hotel unearths artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II, it also sparks memories in old Henry Lee. This historical fiction follows Henry as he remembers the racial tensions of the 1940s and his forbidden friendship with a Japanese schoolmate. Jamie Ford’s moving debut novel examines the gulf between immigrant parents and their American-born children, the innocence of first love and the dangers of blind patriotism.

Preview the first few pages of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.”

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