Linn Area Reads 2017

The planning committee for the annual community reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable by Dan Gable for the 2017 edition of the program.

Linn Area Reads is a program of the Metro Library Network, which is made up of the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha Public Libraries. All Linn Area Reads events are free and open to the public.

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What does it take to be an Olympic gold medalist and to coach a collegiate team to fifteen NCAA titles? In A Wrestling Life, famed wrestler and wrestling coach Dan Gable tells engaging and inspiring stories of his childhood in Waterloo, Iowa; overcoming the murder of his sister as a teenager; his sports career from swimming as a young boy, to his earliest wrestling matches, through the 1972 Olympics; coaching at the University of Iowa from the Banachs to the Brands; life-changing friendships he made along the way; and tales of his family life off the mat. A celebration of determination, teamwork, and the persevering human spirit, A Wrestling Life captures Gable’s methods and philosophies for reaching individual greatness as well as the incredible amount of fulfillment and satisfaction that comes from working as part of a team.

Whether we are athletes or not, we all dream of extreme success and are all looking to make our future the best it can be, but along the way we will undoubtedly need time to recover and rejuvenate. Let these stories inspire you to find your path to strength and achievement along whatever path you take.

The Linn Area Reads committee is thrilled to be able to bring author Dan Gable to Whipple Auditorium at the Cedar Rapids Public Library on March 25 for a live author event. Gable will sign books following his program.

Related Linn Area Reads 2017 programs include:

  • Book Discussion with Special Guest Mark Ironside: March 8, 7:00 pm at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 333 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids.
  • Memoir Writing Workshop presented by Jane Nesmith: March 14, 7:00-8:30 pm, Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Avenue, Marion.
  • Movie Screening: “Freestyle: The Victories of Dan Gable,” March 23, 6:30 pm, Whipple Auditorium at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids.
  • Author Event: Dan Gable: March 25, 1:00-2:30 pm, Whipple Auditorium at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids.

Linn Area Reads is supported by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, Friends of the Marion Public Library, and the Metro Library Network.

For more information about programs, visit our Event Schedule.