DBRL Programs

Book Talk With Laura McHugh
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Join popular local author Laura McHugh to discuss this year's One Read book, "The Boys in the Boat." Laura's book, "The Weight of Blood" was published this year to great acclaim.

Helen Stephens, the Fulton Flash
Fulton, William Woods University Library Auditorium

Sharon Kinney Hanson, author of “The Life of Helen Stephens, the Fulton Flash” will talk about the amazing life and accomplishments of Helen Stephens, who grew up in Fulton, attended William Woods and won gold in the 1936 Olympics. This presentation is part of the One Read community reading program. This year's book, "The Boys in the Boat," tells the story of another group of American Olympians in 1936.

Meet Fiction Writer Susan Finlay
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Susan will talk about her new suspense novel, her mystery series and her blog which features fabulous "Meet the Author" interviews. Copies of her books will be available for purchase and signing.

One Read Author's Talk: Daniel James Brown
Fulton, William Woods University Library Auditorium

One Read author Daniel James Brown steps up to the podium to talk about “The Boys in the Boat.” His presentation at Columbia College will be broadcast live to William Woods and on the radio at KOPN 89.5FM.

One Read Author's Talk: Daniel James Brown
Columbia, Launer Auditorium, Columbia College, 901 Rogers St.

One Read author Daniel James Brown will speak about his research and writing process in the creation of "The Boys in the Boat." He will be open to questions from the audience and will sign books following the talk. This presentation will be broadcast live at William Woods University Library in Fulton and on the radio at KOPN 89.5FM.

Writers and Libraries: Author Panel
Columbia, Windsor I

Join Kaite Stover, Director of Reader's Services at the Kansas City Public Library, for a panel discussion with authors Brian Katcher ("Playing With Matches," "Almost Perfect," and "Everyone Dies in the End"), Laura McHugh ("The Weight of Blood"), and Nina Mukerjee Furstenau ("Biting Through the Skin"). Hear about their recent work, other contemporary writers that they particularly love and recommend, and their thoughts on the evolving relationships between writers and libraries.

Thusnelda Schmidt Luncheon: Jennifer Daniels
Columbia Public Library, Windsor II

Join award-winning performer and music and movement educator Jennifer Daniels for lunch and an interactive literacy and movement workshop. Assistant to Eric Litwin, the author of the bestselling Pete the Cat picture books, Jennifer Daniels is certified in Litwin’s movement curriculum, The Learning Groove. Bring your dancing shoes!

MLA Awards Dinner with Author Alex George
Columbia Public Library, Windsor III

Honor your colleagues who are being recognized for going above and beyond in their dedication to libraries and librarianship. Alex George, author of the best-selling novel “A Good American,” will speak in celebration of libraries. “A Good American” was a national and international bestseller. It was the #1 Indie Next pick for February 2012, a Barnes and Noble Discover Pick, and one of NPR’s top summer reads for 2012. It was also a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. George has recently delivered his new novel to Penguin. A native Englishman, Alex read law at Oxford University and worked for eight years as a corporate lawyer in London and Paris. He moved to the United States in 2003 and re-qualified as a US attorney. In addition to writing, he also runs his own law firm. He is married to the writer and critic, Alexandra Socarides. They live in Columbia, Missouri with their four children."

Young Adult Author Breakfast with Natalie Lloyd
Columbia Public Library, Windsor II

Join us for breakfast and then hear a talk by Natalie Lloyd, the quirky and delightful author of “A Snicker of Magic,” published in 2014 by Scholastic.

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Manuscripts, Papers, and Scholarship: Current State and Potential Future Developments
Columbia Public Library, Windsor III

Learn more about the current and possible future states of the manuscripts and papers of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The books she wrote - in pencil on inexpensive schoolchild tablets - have been and continue to be treasured by generations. She is an author of national and international importance. In a fond and enduring way, her books address important truths about the human condition and the American character. Scholarly interest in her life and work continues to rise. Wilder also has significant state and local interest. She and her husband Almanzo were proud Missourians and Ozarkers. They lived nearly all of their adult lives in and near Mansfield, Missouri, particularly on Rocky Ridge Farm. Her manuscripts and papers are substantial, but they also are significantly at risk and somewhat far-flung and disorganized. In this session we will explore how a wide array of social and cultural institutions - public and academic libraries, a foundation, a bank, a health and wellness center, state agencies, and even a presidential library - can work together to support and preserve these important cultural treasures.

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