WWU Plans Events to Promote One Read, ‘Await Your Reply’

William Woods University faculty and staff have planned a number of activities during September in conjunction with the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s One Read program. This year’s book, chosen by a public vote, is “Await Your Reply,” a novel by Dan Chaon. All events at WWU are free and open to the public.


One Read, now in its ninth year, is a community-wide reading program that encourages adults of all ages to read one book and participate in thought-provoking discussion and activities.


Dan ChaonThe lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways–and with unexpected consequences–in “Await Your Reply.” It is a novel in which pasts are invented and reinvented and the future is both seductively uncharted and perilously unmoored.


Longing to get on with his life, Miles Cheshire nevertheless can’t stop searching for his troubled twin brother, Hayden, who has been missing for 10 years.


Await  Your ReplyA few days after graduating from high school, Lucy Lattimore sneaks away from her small town in Ohio with her former history teacher, and they head to Nebraska, where they end up in the middle of nowhere, at a long-deserted motel.


Ryan Schuyler has learned some shocking news and now thinks his whole life is a lie. In response, he disappears from the Northwestern University campus. Presumed dead, Ryan decides to remake himself—through unconventional and precarious means.


Following is a list of One Read activities planned at William Woods University. All events take place at 7 p.m. in the Library Auditorium unless otherwise noted.


Sept. 2—Blade Runner

Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, is considered by many to be the best and one of the most influential Science Fiction films ever made. In it, Director Ridley Scott explores the philosophical implications surrounding the relationship between technology and human identity.  Sponsored by Greg Smith, WWU assistant professor of English and film.


Sept. 9—Who Stole My Identity?

Scott Lowe, chief information officer at Westminster College, will speak about Internet protection and Margaret Booker, a consultant and an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri’s School of Information and Learning Technologies, will caution about identify theft through social networks, including Facebook. Sponsored by Katharine Mixer Mayne, WWU assistant professor of biology.


Sept. 10—Talk by Dan Chaon, author of “Await your Reply”

Hear what the author has to say and pose questions via videoconference, live from Columbia College.


Sept. 13—Pillows of Unrest

Peggy Reed Lohmeyer of Fulton State Hospital will present “Pillows of Unrest,” a program and display about mental illness.  With plain white pillowcases and Sharpie markers FSH clients created incredible works of art that tell their heartfelt stories—of struggle and recovery.  Sponsored by Elizabeth Wilson, assistant professor of social work.


Sept. 22—Is Everyone Crazy But Me?

Elaine Larson, a NAMI representative and college counselors will speak on mental health issues in families and on college campuses. Sponsored by Elizabeth Wilson, assistant professor of social work.


Sept. 23—Sounds of Suspense

Alan Nellis will delight and entertain with music from suspense and thriller movies. Dulany Auditorium. 


Sept. 29—One Read Art Reception

Reception for artwork created by students of WWU art professors, Terry Martin and Jane Mudd. Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts, 4-6 p.m.


Programs offered by William Woods University are subject to change, and additional programs may be added. Please check the WWU website (WilliamWoods.edu) for the latest information or contact Mary Ann Beahon, director of university relations, at mbeahon@williamwoods.edu or (573) 592-1127.