2010 One Read series opens in Columbia

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 | 9:25 p.m. CDT; updated 6:38 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 29, 2010

COLUMBIA­­­— The ninth annual One Read, a month-long communitywide reading series sponsored by the Daniel Boone Regional Library, started Wednesday.

Dan Chaon’s literary thriller “Await Your Reply” was selected over the summer. It tells the story of three strangers whose lives connect in unforeseen ways.

“The main thing about this book is it centers on the Internet," library collections manager Doyne McKenzie said. "It’s a book about identity.”

To help the community connect with the book, the library has planned a variety of events that relate to its themes. Discussions with psychologists, representatives from the Identity Theft and Internet Fraud Divisions of the Missouri Attorney General and professors are scheduled throughout September.

Former Judge Frank Conley will discuss legal issues in the novel at noon Thursday in the Friends Room of the Columbia Public Library, followed by a discussion with Julie Baka, Daniel Boone Regional Library trustee, at 7 p.m.

Chaon will be in town for an author’s talk at 7 p.m., Sept. 10 at Columbia College’s Launer Auditorium. He will be available to autograph copies of his book.

Mayor Bob McDavid and his wife, Suzanne, are also getting involved.

This year’s One Read will also feature a mystery-writing workshop, movie screenings, an art workshop and a flash fiction contest.

KOPN will broadcast the audiobook version of “Await Your Reply” at 1 p.m. every weekday in September, excluding Labor Day, in 30-minute segments on 89.5 FM and online at

“We have always tried to do a mixture of events,” McKenzie said. “The whole idea is to build a community around a book.”

Go to for more information and a full list of events about this year’s One Read.

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