Linn Area Reads Selects Perry’s Population: 485 for 2010 Program

The planning committee for the annual community reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected Population: 485 by author and humorist Michael Perry for the 2010 edition of the program. Perry will read from the book on Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. at Theatre Cedar Rapids. The reading is one of several Linn Area Reads events scheduled between now and May.

The reading will also be part of this year’s edition of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series. All Linn Area Reads and Out Loud! Author Series events are free and open to the public. Both are programs of the Metro Library Network, which is made up of the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha Public Libraries.

“Last year’s collaboration between Linn Area Reads and Out Loud! was such a success that we wanted to keep that momentum going,” said Rob Cline, series coordinator for the Out Loud! Author Series and a member of the Linn Area Reads planning committee. “Michael Perry is a perfect fit for both programs.”

Population: 485 is subtitled Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time. The book features Perry’s adventures as a member of the volunteer fire and rescue department in New Auburn, Wis. It is filled with colorful characters, real emergencies, and the quirkiness of a small Midwestern town.

Perry will read from Population: 485, take questions from the audience, and sign books during his May 15 appearance.

Additional Linn Area Reads programs will feature conversations with local fire and rescue personnel on their experiences, a panel discussion on the vibrancy of small towns, a program on the history of firefighters and EMTs, and a session on fire safety.

In addition to Population: 485, Perry is the author of Truck: A Love Story and Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting.

For more information about Michael Perry, visit his website.