Monthly Book Discussions

First Thursday Book Discussion

At the Columbia Public Library at noon on the first Thursday of each month.

  • September 2018: “The Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann
    This year’s One Read selection presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
  • October 2018: “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles
    In this year’s One Read runner-up book, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an aging Civil War veteran who travels the western frontier to give live newspaper readings to isolated villagers, finds his peaceful existence disrupted when he agrees to transport a young white girl, kidnapped by Kiowa Indians years before, back to her relatives in Texas.
  • November 2018: “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan
    When Clay Jannon takes a job at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, he quickly learns that something out of the ordinary is afoot.

First Wednesday Book Discussion

At the Callaway County Public Library at noon on the first Wednesday of each month.

  • September 2018: “The Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann
    This year’s One Read selection presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
  • October 2018: “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles
    In this year’s One Read runner-up book, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an aging Civil War veteran who travels the western frontier to give live newspaper readings to isolated villagers, finds his peaceful existence disrupted when he agrees to transport a young white girl, kidnapped by Kiowa Indians years before, back to her relatives in Texas.
  • November 2018: “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith
    Two brown girls dream of being dancers. One is talented and the other is a dreamer. This close but complicated childhood friendship ends abruptly but is never quite forgotten.

Pick-Your-Own-Book Club

At the Southern Boone County Public Library on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  We pick a theme, and you choose a book that’s related. Pick any fiction or nonfiction title to read, and then come discuss it with the group.

  • September 2018 theme: “learning curves”
  • October 2018 theme: “transitions”
  • November 2018 theme: “our proud history” (in honor of Veterans Day)