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2024 One Read Winner: “Migrations” by Charlotte McConaghy

About the Book

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy book coverA vanished mother, a passionate love affair and a mysterious tragedy lend the pacing of a thriller to parts of this gorgeously written and heart-wrenching novel, “Migrations,” about losses of all kinds, and the hope for redemption.

In the not-too-distant future, nature is on the verge of collapse, and Franny Stone has left everything behind but her research gear as she arrives in Greenland to track the world’s last flock of Arctic terns on what might be its final migration. She talks her way onto a fishing vessel, persuading the captain that she can help him find fish in exchange for transportation. As she and the crew travel farther from safety, we learn more about Franny’s dark and traumatic past.

About the Author

Charlotte McConaghy author photoCharlotte McConaghy has a master’s degree in screenwriting from the Australian Film Television and Radio School and a number of published science fiction and fantasy works for young adults in Australia. “Migrations” is her first foray into adult literary fiction. Her latest novel and New York Times bestseller, “Once There Were Wolves,” is a romantic mystery about a biologist charged with reintroducing wolves to the Scottish Highlands. Her newest novel, “Wild Dark Shore” is coming in March 2025. Charlotte is an Australian author living in Sydney.

Biographical information and author photo courtesy of www.charlottemcconaghy.com; Photo credit: Emma Daniels.

Suggest a Book for One Read 2024

Thank you for your suggestions for One Read 2024. The suggestion period has ended. The One Read Reading Panel is looking forward to working through these suggestions in January!

Winners: Reckoning Flash Fiction Contest

As part of this year’s One Read program, we invited you to take inspiration from Margaret Verble’s “When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky,” by telling a tale in 250 words or less, and we asked that you write about someone facing accountability or consequences in some way.

Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your works of flash fiction.

Our two winners are Aubrey Bjork and Regan Puckett. Honorable mentions go to Xander Kennedy and Jessica Piccone.

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One Read Author Talk: Margaret Verble

photo of author Margaret VerbleThursday, September 28 › 7-8:30 p.m.

  • Launer Auditorium, Columbia College, 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia
  • Broadcast live on KOPN 89.5-FM
  • Livestream at Callaway County Public Library in Fulton

Join us for a live conversation with One Read author Margaret Verble and former KFRU radio host David Lile. They will talk about her book “When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky,” her writing process and her inspiration for the novel. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and get copies of the book signed. You can also watch a livestream of this talk at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton and hear it live on KOPN 89.5-FM.

Read more about the book and the author here.

Reckoning: One Read Flash Fiction Writing Contest

So his death had not been avenged. And that was a serious matter. It disturbed the harmony.
~Margaret Verble, “When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky”

Bronze statue of Justice carrying a sword and holding up scales representing law and order over a brown background with copy space

In this year’s One Read selection, author Margaret Verble delves into what happens when a buried past finally comes to light. Taking inspiration from “When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky,” we invite you to tell a story of a reckoning in 250 words or less. Your tale can be about anything or anyone, but it should include someone facing accountability or consequences in some way.

Starting September 1, entries may be submitted using this form, mailed or dropped off at any library or bookmobile. (See full rules below for details.) Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published on this site and in the Columbia Missourian, and winners will receive a $25 bookstore gift card.

Participants must be age 16 or older and residents of Boone or Callaway Counties. Read on for complete contest rules.

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Call for Submissions: One Read Art Exhibit

Unearthed
One Read Art Exhibit
Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia)

Inspired by this year’s One Read book “When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky,” we invite Mid-Missouri artists ages 16 and older to contribute works for our 2023 exhibition, “Unearthed.” Works should explore the revelation of something buried or hidden, capture the idea of discovery, or bring to light something previously held in darkness.

Cash prizes will be awarded for three winners, sponsored by Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The third place winner will receive $50, second place $75 and first place $125.

The exhibit will take place September 1 – 15, and can be viewed in person at the September 1 First Friday reception.

“She pictured mounds covering the ground like giant, rounding waves coming into a beach. She imagined them being there, maybe under her feet. Holding layers and layers of ancestors, elders, and ancient ones. Trapped somehow in rocks or stones.”

― Margaret Verble, “When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky”

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2023 One Read Winner: About “When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky” by Margaret Verble

About the Book

When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky by Margaret Verble book coverWhen Two Feathers Fell From the Sky” is an unusual, character-driven story exploring the conflicts of race and culture in the highly segregated society of the 1920s South.

This richly imagined novel follows Two Feathers, a young Cherokee horse-diver on loan to Glendale Park Zoo from a Wild West show during the summer of 1926. After a dive gone terribly wrong — Two and her horse plunge into a sinkhole, killing the horse and injuring Two — strange things start to happen at the park. Fragments of the ancient past begin to surface, ghosts appear and animals begin to fall ill. Two Feathers, Black zoo employee Crawford, park manager Clive and an eclectic cast of characters work together to get to the bottom of these mysterious goings-on.

About the Author

photo of author Margaret VerbleMargaret Verble is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a member of a large Cherokee family that has, through generations, made many contributions to the tribe’s history and survival. Although many of her family have remained in Oklahoma to this day, and some still own and farm the land on which two of her books are set, Margaret was raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Margaret’s first novel, “Maud’s Line,” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016. Her second novel, “Cherokee America,” was listed by the New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year for 2019 and won the Spur Award for Best Western.

Lyrical Beginnings: Flash Fiction Contest Winners

As part of this year’s One Read program, we invited you to take inspiration from M.O. Walsh’s naming convention in the “The Big Door Prize,” by telling a tale in 250 words or less, and we asked that you titled your story using a chapter heading from the book. The stories could be about anything and anyone, but they should harmonize with your chosen title.

Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your works of flash fiction.

Our two winners are Scott Garson and Suzette Haefling. Honorable mentions go to David Lake and Regan Puckett.

We are excited to share these stories with you!

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Possibility, Promise: Art Exhibit Winners

For this year’s One Read art exhibit, we asked artists from Mid-Missouri to submit works that explore the idea of potential, that capture a transformation, or investigate what someone or something might become. We thank all of the contributing artists and we extend a special congratulations to the winners listed below. Thanks also to our judges for their careful consideration of the entries.

First Place
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Christine Doerr
Mixed Media
image of first place winning artwork by Christine Doerr

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