Novel ‘The Big Door Prize’ will be this year’s community-wide One Read

Participants in this year’s Daniel Boone Regional Library One Read program will experience both the real feel of small-town Louisiana and fantastical situations as they read along with MO Walsh’s novel “The Big Door Prize.”

Living up to its celebratory name, the book was chosen by library patrons as this year’s One Read — the 21st in the program’s history — outpacing fellow finalist “Deacon King Kong” by James McBride by a fortuitous 21 votes, the library system announced Tuesday.

Each year, DBRL encourages as many mid-Missourians as possible to read the chosen title. Its staff and a task force of community partners organize events around the book’s themes, filling September with panel discussions, an art exhibit, author talk and more.

“This year’s selection opens up some topics we haven’t explored in a One Read book before, like gratitude, teen mental health and identifying one’s personal potential,” One Read co-chair Lauren Williams said in a news release.

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