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Cedarburg Friends of the Library launches its Cedarburg Reads 2017 community-wide reading-and-discussion program, and announces the program book—Population: 485, by Wisconsin author Michael Perry

In life, we can go for days at a time without connecting with others outside of our circle; by reading the same book we hope to enrich everyone’s life. Local residents are invited to join Cedarburg Reads Population: 485, and attend group book discussions to “meet your neighbors one conversation at a time.” Throughout the month of March, local businesses and organizations will host book discussions throughout the community that will be moderated by CFoL members and volunteers.

Paperback copies of Population: 485 are available for purchase locally at the CPL and CFoL Winter Book Sale, the proceeds of which will benefit the CFoL. Community members are invited to join the moderated book discussions—or host their own private discussions—and post pictures with the hashtag #CedarburgReads to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Calendar of Discussions

Click here to open a PDF version of the calendar for easy download or printing.

About the Book

After a twelve-year absence, a real-life prodigal son returns to his hometown—New Auburn, Wisconsin, population: 485—and joins the volunteer fire and rescue department.

In this memoir, writer Michael Perry sets out “to meet my neighbors at the invitation of the fire siren.” The emergencies are real, the settings are surreal, and with each foray into the boondocks, we piece together the history of a people and a place. By turns fiery and funny, violent and gentle, Population: 485 is the true account of a search for rootedness in a place from the past.

About the Author

Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin. Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population: 485, Truck: A Love StoryCoop, and Visiting Tom. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an intermittent pig farmer.

Additional information about Michael Perry can be found online at

Watch Michael Perry’s Cedarburg Reads event: Part 1 and Part 2


About Cedarburg Reads

Cedarburg Reads is a community-wide program with the singular goal of helping Cedarburg residents in meeting your neighbors one conversation at a time.

Designed to bring people together through the reading and discussion of a common book, programs like this one have been implemented throughout the country to create a shared experience of civic unity through the reading of literature.

About Cedarburg Friends of the Library

The Cedarburg Reads program is sponsored by the Cedarburg Friends of the Library, a vibrant, active group of citizens who are dedicated to supporting the Cedarburg Public Library (CPL) through fundraising, volunteer support, and community events.

The Friends organize several major book sales, including the library’s permanent Book Nook installation, southeastern Wisconsin’s largest used-book sale (the Summer Book Sale), and the Winter Fiction Sale. These sales raise funds for enhancements and programs including the 3D printer, the CPL website, the children’s summer reading program, additional bestseller novels, genealogy materials, Great Decisions programs, and more.



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