This year's One Read book, “The Boys in the Boat” follows members of a ragtag group of rowers as they struggle through the Great Depression, physical adversity and personal tragedy to win the 1936 Berlin Olympics and become one of the greatest crew teams in history. Taking inspiration from their story, we invite you to tell a story about beating the odds. Your short tale of 250 words or less could be about a moment of great significance or great subtlety, but all stories must contain an element of the underdog, of an unexpected come-from-behind win, or of getting back up one more time that you get knocked down. Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published online and the winners will receive book store gift cards. Participants must be age 16 or older and residents of Boone or Callaway Counties. Submit entries at www.oneread.org , mail them to us, or drop them off at any library or bookmobile stop. Full details online. Entries are due by Tuesday, September 23.
Inspired by this year's One Read selection, Mid-Missouri artists have contributed works that explore a range of experiences and views of water, whether from shore or flying across the water itself, “in a poem of motion, a symphony of swinging blades.” View this exhibit September 7-20, and join us for a reception and program on September 9 at 6 p.m. (See www.orrstreetstudios.com  for gallery hours.)
Join us for a reception for "On the Water," this year's One Read art exhibit at Orr Street Studios. Enjoy light refreshments and hear the winning entries announced. Listen to an original musical composition by Lisa Thill Franck inspired by "The Boys in the Boat" and performed by a "flute mob," as well as a live performance of popular tunes from the 1930s by pianist Pack Matthews and vocalist Audra Sergel. The art will be on exhibit September 7-20. (See www.orrstreetstudios.com  for gallery hours.)
Come take part in a storytelling circle at the North Village Farmers and Artisans Market. Stories are encouraged to be true, told without notes and inspired by themes present in "The Boys in the Boat," this year's One Read selection. If you can't make it to this open-mic session, contact KOPN to set up a one-on-one recording session with one of our Porch Light production volunteers. With permission, we will broadcast your stories on KOPN 89.5FM.
William Woods art professors and students created collages and prints that explore the issues raised in this year's One Read book, "The Boys in the Boat." Come see their work.