DBRL Programs

One Read Author's Talk: Emily St. John Mandel
KOPN 89.5FM

This year's author visit comes earlier in the program. Don't miss this chance to hear Emily St. John Mandel speak about her novel "Station Eleven." Her talk at Columbia College will air live on KOPN 89.5FM as well as via videoconference at William Woods University in Fulton.

One Read Author's Talk: Emily St. John Mandel
Fulton, William Woods University Library Auditorium

This year's author visit comes earlier in the program. Don't miss this chance to hear Emily St. John Mandel speak about her novel "Station Eleven." Her talk at Columbia College will be broadcast live via videoconference to William Woods and on the radio at KOPN 89.5FM.

The Dubious Pursuits of William Clark
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

In her book, "The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark," author Jo Ann Trogdon reveals William Clark's highly questionable activities during the years before his famous journey west of the Mississippi. Using Clark's diary and ledger entries, she investigates evidence linking Clark to a series of plots in which corrupt officials sought to line their pockets with Spanish money and to separate Kentucky from the United States. Sponsored by the University of Missouri Press. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.

Hope and Holly Ledgerwood Present "Hoop and Holler"
Southern Boone County Public Library

Join us for a storytime with these local authors who will present their new children's book, "Hoop and Holler," about two sisters who make their grandfather smile when they create a barnyard jamboree with their old friend Poncho. The authors are Hope Sickmeier and Holly Gieseke, with their cousin, Judge Bockman as illustrator. The sisters have many stories to tell, and are already working on a second book which will be based on their pet fawn, Nancy!

Documentary: "Empire of Dreams"
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Join us for a screening of "Empire of Dreams," the second episode of the landmark PBS documentary, "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History," based on the book by acclaimed Hispanic journalist and author Ray Suarez. After the film, join in a discussion led by Dr. Lisa Dorner, assistant professor of educational policy at MU and faculty fellow at the Cambio Center. The screening is part of a nationwide initiative to tell the story of how Latino Americans have been an integral part of U.S. history from the 16th century to the present day. This program part of the "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" series which is made possible through a partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Teen Read Week: Author Brian Katcher
Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

Come meet Brian Katcher, author of the award-winning young adult books "Almost Perfect" and "Playing With Matches." Hear about his writing process and his new book, “The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak,” a hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens recovering from heartbreak and discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date at a science fiction convention. When he’s not writing, Brian works as a school librarian. He lives in central Missouri with his wife and daughter. Books will be for sale from Barnes & Noble before and after the program and Brian will do a book-signing session. Teens, adults welcome.

Meet the Author of "The Muralist's Ghost"
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Local author Karen Mocker Dabson will discuss the backstory of her suspenseful debut novel "The Muralist's Ghost" that was inspired by actual events. As famed Croatian artist Maxo Vanka paints murals in a small church near Pittsburgh, a ghost appears to him. While Maxo searches his past and present to discover the ghost's secret, one of his paintings is ruined and the church sustains damage. He then begins to realize there is more than one mystery to solve, and that serious danger lurks in the shadows. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.

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