Marquette County Reads Book Discussion

Population 485

August 29th - 6:00pm

*Books currently available for checkout

The Marquette County libraries are banding together and inviting people to join in a community reading program. Community reading programs, often called "A One Book, One Community Reading Program", involve residents of an area all reading the same book, then meeting to discuss the book. The goal of Marquette County Reads is to provide residents an opportunity to discuss a common subject to increase a sense of community. The book selected for this years Marquette County Reads program is Population 485 by Wisconsin resident, Michael Perry. Marquette County Reads will take place this Summer, with books available for checkout at your local library beginning June 1st. The program will culminate at the end of the Summer with area libraries hosting events to discuss the book. Check with your local library for book discussion event dates. For more information contact the Westfiled Library at 608-296-2544 or email

About Population 485

"Welcome to New Auburn, Wisconsin (population: 485) where the local vigilante is a farmer’s wife armed with a pistol and a Bible, the most senior member of the volunteer fire department is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), and the back roads are haunted by the ghosts of children and farmers. Michael Perry loves this place. He grew up here, and now-after a decade away-he has returned.

Unable to polka or repair his own pickup, his farm-boy hands gone soft after years of writing, Mike figures the best way to regain his credibility is to join the volunteer fire department. Against a backdrop of fires and tangled wrecks, bar fights and smelt feeds, he tells a frequently comic tale leavened with moments of heartbreaking delicacy and searing tragedy.

Tracing his calls on a map in the little firehouse, he sees “a dense, benevolent web, spun one frantic zigzag at a time” from which the story of a tiny town emerges."

*Place a hold - Population 485