DBRL Programs

First Wednesday Book Discussion
Callaway County Public Library

Join us as we discuss this year's One Read selection, "Station Eleven," by Emily St. John Mandel. Twenty years after a deadly flu outbreak kills most of the world’s population, what survives? What matters? This haunting novel threads together the connected stories of people living before and after the end of the world into a lyrical examination of the importance of art and what it means to be human.

One Read Book Discussion With Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple
Columbia, Dillingham Conference Room, Missouri Hall, Columbia College

President Dalrymple, who writes science fiction himself, will lead a discussion of "Station Eleven." Hear what he has to say about Mandel's speculative vision of our future.

One Read Book Discussion With Dr. Dave Collins
Fulton, Well Read Books, 530 Court Street

Join retired professor of English Dave Collins for a discussion of "Station Eleven." Dr. Collins taught Shakespeare for more than 30 years at Westminster College and will bring this expertise to bear in speaking about the Bard's relevance in the novel's post-apocalyptic world. Come share your insights, reflections and impressions of this year's One Read selection.

First Thursday Book Discussion: One Read Runner-Up
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

One Read panelist Marty Riback will lead a discussion of this year's runner-up title, "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. If this historical romp was your preferred choice for this year's One Read, don't miss this chance to talk about it with like-minded others.

First Wednesday Book Discussion
Callaway County Public Library

Bring your lunch and join us as we discuss this year's One Read runner-up, "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. Little Onion, a 12-year-old slave actually named Henry, is mistaken for a girl and forced to flee the Kansas territory with abolitionist John Brown after an altercation with his master. The adventures that follow, told in Onion’s vibrant and singular voice, take us from Bloody Kansas to the doomed raid on Harpers Ferry.

First Wednesday Book Discussion
Callaway County Public Library

Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of "A Perfect Day" by Richard Paul Evans. When a stranger appears with a mysterious message about the brevity of his future, Robert Harland discovers the truth about himself: who he has become, what he has lost, and what it will take to find love again.

First Thursday Book Discussion
Columbia Public Library, Virginia G. Young Room

Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes. In his sixties, Tony Webster is presented with an unexpected and mysterious legacy from the mother of a long-ago girlfriend and finds himself struggling with his past. As he ponders this long-ago failed relationship, it becomes clear that this is a novel largely concerned with how, in the course of a life, we edit and erase our memories.

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