Keija Parssinen, director of Columbia's Quarry Heights Writers' Workshop and author of our 2013 One Read selection "The Ruins of Us," will visit the library to discuss her critically acclaimed second novel, "The Unraveling of Mercy Louis." Described by Kirkus Reviews as "a modern Southern gothic with a feminist edge and the tense pacing of a thriller," the novel follows a high school basketball star in a small Texas oil town. A disturbing discovery and the spread of a mystery illness among the town's girls spark a witch-hunt, revealing long-kept secrets and shaking the community's faith. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.
George Hodgman, an editor at Simon and Schuster, Vanity Fair and a writer for other major publications, returns home to Paris, Missouri to become the "care inflictor" for his aging mother, Betty. "Bettyville: A Memoir" is the story of their life, past and present, and of how he ends up with a greater acceptance of his own identity. Critics have heaped praise on this poignant memoir; Dan Shapiro calls it "a love letter to his mother, at once a penance and a tribute." Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
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Author and quilter Dawn Heese will share her vast knowledge about quilting. She grew up in a family of quilters and has been doing various techniques of needlework all her life. Her first book "Geese in the Rose Garden" focused on traditional blocks, inspired by antique patterns going back to Civil War era, that use an overdying fabric technique to produce a vintage look. Since then, she has published four more books and started a design company that produces heirloom-style quilt patterns and fabrics designed to blend the old with the new. Her trunk show will feature some quilts from her personal collection and the stories behind them. This event is the grand finale for the DBRL 2015 Quilt Showing, curated by quilt artist Mindy Smith with event planner Donna Puleo. "Traditional Quilts: A Piece of History," will be on display at the Columbia Public Library April 8-14 and is funded by the Daniel Boone Regional Library Foundation.
Join us to hear from this critically acclaimed author about her latest novel, "A Dark Gamble," a western based on the epic of Gilgamesh and set in one of her favorite places, New Mexico. Gladys Swan has published two novels, "Carnival for the Gods" and "Ghost Dance" (nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award), as well as seven collections of short fiction. Her poetry, essays and short stories have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies, and her paintings have adorned the covers of many books and magazines as well.
Local author and historian Carolyn Branch will share insights gleaned from research for her latest book "South Callaway Settlers and Settlements, 1800-1900." Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing. Co-sponsored by the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society.
Rural one-room schools used to dot the countryside and were the mainstay of American elementary education for more than a century. Author Mike Trial attended one as a boy and has now made a project of collecting information on the seven schools that were consolidated into the local Midway Heights school in 1957. His book on the results is forthcoming. He is also working with Jeff Corrigan at the State Historical Society to record oral histories of those who attended one-room schools. Join Mike, Jeff and others to hear their personal stories and the history of one-room school houses.
Dale Carnegie's popular book "How to Win Friends and Influence People," first published during the Great Depression, provided the template for modern ideas about how to move upward through society. It made psychology (instead of morality) and notions of personality (rather than character) the basic elements of its formula. In turn, Carnegie provided the inspiration for a host of subsequent success advocates like Norman Vincent Peale, Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey. MU history professor Steve Watts, author of "Self-Help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America" will tell us how this farm boy from northwestern Missouri became one of the most influential figures in the shaping of modern American values. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
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.