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Columbia's One Read events begin Monday

By Adam Aton
August 26, 2013 | 7:38 p.m. CDT
Keija Parssinen's first novel, "The Ruins of Us," was selected as the One Read book for 2013.

*An earlier version of this story included an incorrect date for the flash fiction reading at Columbia Independent School.

COLUMBIA — Columbia's One Read project, a series of events to promote discussion about literature, will begin Monday.

Every year, One Read showcases a book nominated by the community. This year's selection — "The Ruins of Us" by Keija Parssinen — marks the first time the book has been by a local author. 

Every weekday in September, KOPN/89.5 FM Columbia will broadcast a portion of the novel read by local listeners. 

"In prior years, the books that have been chosen had an audio book that goes with it; this one does not," said Mitzi St. John, public relations director at Daniel Boone Regional Library. 

Parssinen published "The Ruins of Us" in 2012, 20 years after she and her family left Saudi Arabia, where they worked in the oil business, to settle in Austin, Texas.

Parssinen now works at Columbia Independent School and is the director of the Quarry Heights Writers' Workshop. 

"One of the things that's very nice about having Keija in town is that she's far more accessible," St. John said. "She's able to be more involved with the entire community One Read program. She's able to do local interviews — in person."

One Read events will be held through Sept. 30. The events include:

More events will be announced later, library staff said.