Library’s Winter Jackets reading series for adults begins Feb. 2

Winter Jackets, Anoka County Library’s winter reading program for adults, begins Feb. 1 and runs through Feb. 28.

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 Anoka County 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 p.m. at the Rum River Library, 4201 Sixth Ave., 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.”

• Feb. 2: 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 a look at a marriage, with characters that don’t find easy answers to life’s questions.

• Feb. 9: 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 memories are from the small Wisconsin town where she weaves her hometown setting and rural upbringing into the stories of her romance novels.

• Feb. 16: Richard Thompson, author of “Big Wheat: A Tale of Bindlestiffs and Blood,” the 2012 Minnesota Book Award Winner for Genre Fiction and 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.

Thompson is a former civil engineer and construction manager who traded his hard hat for a laptop and now writes full time.

• Feb. 23: Julie Klassen, one of the most popular authors of historical inspirational fiction today.

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.

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.

The 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 a local library or the website at

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