Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Kimball Area Friends of the Library will host its ninth annual "Dinner with an Author" Friday, Nov. 21, featuring Annette Atkins, renowned historian and author of a Minnesota Book Award finalist, Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out. The dinner will be held at Generations Ballroom (formerly Playland Ballroom) in Kimball. Doors open at 6 p.m. A chicken dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. The author presentation and book signing will follow. Books will be available for purchase. Tickets are $18. In a book that the Minneapolis Star Tribune has called "a thought-provoking work of local history," Atkins presents a fresh understanding of how a complex and modern Minnesota came into being. A three-act play about Minnesota's statehood vividly depicts the competing interests of Natives, traders, and politicians who lived in the same territory but moved in different worlds. Oranges are the focal point of a chapter about railroads and transportation: how did a St. Paul family manage to celebrate their 1898 Christmas with fruit that grew no closer than 1,500 miles from their home? Atkins will tell the story of "Christmas Oranges" as part of her presentations. Annette Atkins is a professor of history at Saint John's University and the College of St. Benedict and the author of Harvest of Grief: Grasshopper Plagues and Public Assistance in Minnesota, 1873-1878 (MHS Press) and We Grew Up
Together: Brothers and Sisters in Nineteenth-Century America. As part of Minnesota's Sesquicentennial celebration, Atkins has made dozens of presentations at local libraries and historic groups in the past year and has been a featured guest on Minnesota Public Radio "Midday" program and Twin Cities Public Television "Almanac" program. Now in its ninth year, the Kimball Area Friends of the Library "Dinner with an Author" event has brought a varied and captivating group of Minnesota authors to Kimball including Kate DiCamillo, Faith Sullivan, Bill Holm, Lorna Landvik, Shannon Olson, Steve Thayer, Robert Alexander and Doug Woods, which has attracted book lovers from around a 30-mile radius. This year's event is being presented with support from the Kimball Area Historical Society. The local historical group will have a "Christmas in the Kimball area" special display. Tickets must be purchased before Nov. 14 and are available at the Kimball Public Library or from a Kimball Area Friends of the Library member. The Kimball Area Friends of the Library was founded in 1998 and has more than 100 members. The event is sponsored by the Kimball Area Friends of the Library to raise awareness of the library's presence in the Kimball area. The event is made possible through generous membership support. The Kimball Public Library is a branch library of the Great River Regional Library system.