DBRL Programs

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.

Memory Keepers Leave Legacies
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Local author Marsha Knudsen wove together the war-time letters, diaries, telegrams, greeting cards and photographs discovered in an old family trunk to tell the story of her parents' World War II journey. She'll talk about the writing of the book "Sailor's Mail S.W.A.K." and how to find information on a veteran's military service, safeguard photographs and letters, capture oral histories and leave a legacy for future generations. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.

African-Americans & the Civil War
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Noted historian Hari Jones, curator and assistant director of the African-American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum, will talk about the contributions of a secret African descent organization called “Lincoln’s Loyal League” to the union war effort. Jones is a dynamic and compelling speaker, an award-winning author and a contributor to the PBS documentary "Lincoln at Gettysburg." The presentation is part of the MU Libraries hosting of the American Library Association's traveling exhibition "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" at the MU Law Library from September 17-October 31. A reception follows.

Author Antony John
Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

Antony John is the author of the Elemental trilogy, "Five Flavors of Dumb," "Thou Shalt Not Road Trip" and other great teen books. He visits the library to help us celebrate Teen Read Week. A native of England, he graduated from Oxford University with a degree in music and received his Ph.D. from Duke University. He now lives with his family in St. Louis. Books will be for sale by Barnes and Noble and a book signing will follow the program. Ages 11 and older.

A Ghostly Time of the Year
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Many countries and cultures have ghostly traditions. All Hallows' Eve was an unsettled time of the year in pagan and early Christian Europe. As the days shortened, bonfires and other rituals took place because supernatural beings might be about at night. Mary Barile, author of "The Haunted Boonslick" and "Forgotten Tales of Missouri" will tell us more about how European folk traditions and Native American beliefs gave rise to a wealth of American ghost stories. Teens and adults

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