Shortly after my husband, Will, and I moved to Columbia, Missouri two years ago, we discovered the Boone County Historical Society. Will became involved with them and started volunteering to work on a historical village they are developing. In late November 2012, I heard about the Saturday Morning Book Talks that take place at the historical society. I attended my first one in December. That’s when I met Cathy Salter. Since then, I’ve attended every one of the wonderful book talks. I asked Cathy to tell us about the extremely popular program and discuss how she came up with the idea.
I’d like to introduce you to Cathy Salter and the Saturday Morning Saturday Morning Book Talks at the Boone County Museum & Galleries.
Host: Cathy Salter
Author of Notes From Breakfast Creek (2008)
Columnist for The Columbia Tribune and Boone County Journal
Weekly Column: “Notes From Boomerang Creek”
In the spring of 2012, Jenifer Flink—Director and Curator of the Boone County Historical Society’s Museum & Galleries—mentioned to me that she’d long had a desire to have the museum host a monthly Saturday morning book event. I soon realized that she’d floated the idea out there, knowing full well that I would grab it and run.
At the time, I did not need another project to organize and champion. Life was full, and it was about to get fuller. I shared the idea with Laura Perez-Mesa, Jane Flink, Sabra Tull Meyer, and Libby Gill—the wonderful Magnificats who are the heart of the Museum’s Montminy Art Committee that I chair. I also discussed the book talks with Kit–my husband, editor, and partner in life.
The first book talk in the museum’s monthly Saturday Morning Book Talk series featured Ed Ailor III speaking about his newly published book, Blue Highways Revisited. Forty people showed up and I provided the blueberry coffee cakes to accompany Kit’s coffee. That was July 2012 and we are currently booked thru June 2014.
September 7, 2013 we will have a special book talk relating to Brooklyn-based author Matthew Goodman’s historical narrative, Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World. A month later, on October 15th, the Museum will host an author’s reception for Goodman while he is in Columbia on a three-day book tour.
Book Talk mornings begin at 9:30 a.m. with incredible handmade pastries and artisan breads baked by Julie Sexten of Flour Girls Bake Shop. Kit keeps the coffee hot and coming. Regulars and new attendees include writers, authors, editors, book groups, writers groups, library lovers, and BC Historical Society members. At 10 a.m., the guest author talks about his/her writing life and book(s). Books are on sale in the museum gift shop.
Bookmarks with a 6-month calendar of upcoming talks are available at the monthly book talks and at the Museum’s gift shop. The following is the roster of local authors and writers who have been a part or soon will be part of this enormously Saturday Morning Book Talk series—a popular literary gathering first imagined by Jenifer Flink that is now attracting 60-90 people to the Boone County Museum each month.
Saturday Morning Book Talks at the Boone County Museum
July: Ed Ailor III, Blue Highways Revisited
August: Noppadol Paothong, Save The Last Dance
September: Julia Falkner Tompkins, A Not So Dolce Vita
October: Chris Montgomery, Greg Olson, Mary Barile,
Merit, Not Sympathy, Wins: Life and Times of Blind Boone
November: Cathy Salter, with James Harlan and James Denny,
“Writing for National Geographic Magazine”
December: Alex George, A Good American
January 12: Marty Paten, The Columbia Branch Railroad
February 9: Margaret Sayers Peden, “A Life in Translation”
March 9: Steve Weinberg, Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller
April 6: William Least Heat-Moon (William Trogdon)
Here, There and Elsewhere: Stories from the Road (1/08/2013)
Blue Highways (30th Anniversary Edition)
May 4: Nina Mukerjee Furstenau, Savor Missouri: River Hills Country Food and Wine
June 1: Walter Bargen, (Missouri Poet Laureate 2008-10)
Trouble Behind Glass Doors, and Endearing Ruins
July 13: Marlene Lee, The Absent Woman
August 10: Carol & John Fisher, Pot Roast, Politics & Ants in the Pantry: Missouri’s Cooking Heritage
September 7: Matthew Goodman, Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World. Local sponsors of Goodman’s October Book Tour of Columbia will speak about his book and preview events planned from Oct. 14-18 at the Museum, on the MU Campus, at the Daniel Boone Regional Library, and at Ragtag Theater.
9:30 a.m. Coffee and Handmade pastries by Flour Girls Bake Shop
10:00 a.m. Book Talks followed by book signings
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cathy Salter is the author of “Notes From Boomerang Creek” (formerly “Notes From Breakfast Creek”) published weekly in the Boone County Journal and the Columbia Tribune. She authored an article entitled “Lewis and Clark’s Lost Missouri” which appeared in the April 2002 issue of National Geographic. In the fall of 2008, she published Notes From Breakfast Creek: A Look at the World–a book of essays drawn from her newspaper columns.