One Book, One Kirkwood
One Book, One Kirkwood is a yearly community read for the people throughout our St. Louis community. All events are free and open to the public.
This year’s author, Chris Bohjalian, will touch on how he uses storytelling to help change the world. We’ll be taking a closer look at 3 of his books The Flight Attendant, Sandcastle Girls, and Buffalo Soldier to explore and discuss a range of themes. Chris Bohjalian is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 20 books that have been translated into 35 languages!
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 7pm at
St. Louis Community College-Meramec
11333 Big Bend Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122
Parking can be found in lots G,H, and I (access from Rose Hill and Couch Avenues)
Doors open at 6:15pm
Chris Bohjalian will be signing books after the event. Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books at the event.
The Flight Attendant
Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at forty thousand feet, The Flight Attendant unveils a spellbinding story of memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home.
When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Aleppo, Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. It’s 1915, and Elizabeth has volunteered to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian Genocide during the First World War. There she meets Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. After leaving Aleppo and traveling into Egypt to join the British Army, he begins to write Elizabeth letters, realizing that he has fallen in love with the wealthy young American.
Years later, their American granddaughter, Laura, embarks on a journey back through her family’s history, uncovering a story of love, loss—and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations.
Two years after their twin daughters die in a flash flood, Terry and Laura Sheldon, a Vermont state trooper and his wife, take in a foster child. His name is Alfred; he is ten years old and African-American. And he has passed through so many indifferent families that he can’t believe that his new one will last.
In the ensuing months Terry and Laura will struggle to emerge from their shell of grief only to face an unexpected threat to their marriage. Meanwhile, Alfred cautiously enters the family circle, and befriends an elderly neighbor who inspires him with the story of the buffalo soldiers, the black cavalrymen of the old West. Out of the entwining and unfolding of their lives, The Buffalo Soldier creates a suspenseful, moving portrait of an unconventional family—the ties that bind it and the strains that pull it apart.
Past Years’ Selections
2018- Stephanie Powell Watts No One Is Coming to Save Us
2017- Ariel Lawhon Flight of Dreams
2015- Robin Sloan Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore *Skype visit
2014- Alex George A Good American
2013- Joseph Schuster The Might Have Been
2012- Timothy Schaffert The Coffins of Little Hope
In The News
St. Louis Post Dispatch: Bohjalian’s ‘Flight Attendant’ awakes next to a dead man
The Washington Post: Chris Bohjalian’s ‘The Sandcastle Girls’ relives the Armenian genocide
St. Louis Community College
Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in Missouri and one of the largest in the United States. STLCC has four campuses: Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood. The College annually serves more than 50,000 students through credit courses, continuing education, and workforce development programs. For more information about STLCC, visit stlcc.edu.
Community for Understanding and Hope Book Group
Community for Understanding and Hope Book Group: In the quest to transform the Kirkwood area into a prejudice-free community of highly respectful individuals, CFUH initiates ongoing dialogue and social interaction to create an environment of understanding and healing. Monthly meetings held on 3rd Thursday at 7pm at Kirkwood Public Library.
The West County Community Action Network (WE CAN) works to impact the education, policing, and voting systems in pursuit of racial equity in our region.
Ethical Society of St. Louis
The Ethical Society of St. Louis is a Humanist congregation. We provide the benefits of traditional religion – a warm and welcoming community, opportunities for service and activism, and deep engagement with ethical and existential ideas – without reference to god or traditional religion. Our main community meeting is at 11am every Sunday: we gather for music and an inspirational presentation on a topic of ethical interest. All are welcome to attend.
Rotary Club of Kirkwood
The Rotary Club of Kirkwood is part of a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Kirkwood Human Rights Commission
Advises the City Council on ways to: Promote awareness, recreation, employment, legislation, education, accessibility, and participation of and for minority groups, including persons with disabilities; remove any inequalities that pertain to minority groups and the disabled in such areas as housing, recreation, education, employment, law enforcement, services, and accessibility; encourage participation by minority groups and disabled persons in City programs.
Our aim is to support children in the community through books, scholarships, and other endeavors in Kirkwood and Glendale, MO. A local chapter of KIWANIS.