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Winter Jackets: Reading Program for Adults at Anoka County Library

Date: Feb 1st, 2013

Winter Jackets, Anoka County Library’s winter reading program for adults, begins February 1st and runs through February 28th, 2013.  Celebrate reading this winter by participating in Winter Jackets and add even more enjoyment to your reading!

Participants in Winter Jackets receive a bookmark, a Winter Jackets notebook, and a short review form to complete about a book they’ve read during the program.  When submitted, the review form serves as an entry into a drawing for small prizes.  All library users age 17 and older are encouraged to participate.  Library staff are available to offer suggestions for good winter reads.  

“Cold winter nights pass by quickly when you are reading a good book,” said Library Board President Bob Thistle.  “This is a wonderful opportunity to meet local authors and add to your list of new favorite authors.”

To help celebrate reading this year, Anoka County Library will host programs with four Minnesota authors:  Ann Bauer, Bonnie James, Richard Thompson, and Julie Klassen. These author events will be held on a series of Saturdays at 2:00 pm at the Rum River Library, which is located at 4201 6th Avenue in Anoka.

“A good book is a great companion on a cold winter day,” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West.  “It’s even better when you’ve had the chance to meet the authors who’ve brought the stories to life.”


February 2, 2013:  Ann Bauer

Author of The Forever Marriage and A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Elle, Redbook, and The Sun.  In The Forever Marriage, Bauer takes an honest look at a marriage, with complex and realistic characters that don’t find easy answers to life’s questions.


February 9, 2013:  Bonnie James

Author of Just Breathe,a romance set in the small fictional Minnesota town of Hope River. She has traveled and lived abroad, but many of her fondest memories are from the small Wisconsin town where she grew up. She loves to weave her hometown setting and rural upbringing into the stories of her romance novels.


February 16, 2013:  Richard Thompson

Author of Big Wheat:  A Tale of Bindlestiffs and Blood, the 2012 Minnesota Book Award Winner for Genre Fiction, a historical mystery set in post-World War I North Dakota.  He also writes the Herman Jackson mysteries, including Fiddle Game and Frag Box, which was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in 2010.  He is a former civil engineer and construction manager who traded his hard hat for a laptop and now writes full time.    


February 23, 2013:  Julie Klassen           

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen.  She is one of the most popular authors of historical inspirational fiction today.  Her books are impeccably researched and will transport you to a past full of romance, hope, and faith.  Her latest book, The Tutor’s Daughter, was recently released in January.   Three of her books, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance.


Join in the Winter Jackets fun and meet some of Minnesota’s most talented authors.  These author events are free and open to the public, although seating is limited.  Books will be available for purchase, with signing by the authors. 

Events are co-sponsored by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Association) and are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information about Winter Jackets, author events, or other library programs, call (763)712-2322 or visit your local Anoka County Library.