By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN Most people know Alan Page as a Minnesota Supreme Court justice and former Vikings star, but he’s also a two-time author for children.
His second book, “The Invisible You,” was released just before Christmas, and will be presented in Winsted Saturday, March 7.
The story is completely different than Alan’s first book, “Alan and his Perfectly Pointy Impossibly Perpendicular Pinky,” which was based on Page’s crooked little finger, children’s curiosity, and how adults relate to children.
“This one is not about me at all,” Alan said. “It’s about a little boy who is going to a new school in a new neighborhood.”
“The Invisible You” addresses some of the issues Alan’s daughter, co-author Kamie Page, sees on a regular basis in her second-grade classroom.
“For teachers, there’s no real resource to start conversations about the differences kids see in each other,” Alan said, explaining that he and Kamie created the book as a vehicle to help adults and kids talk about these topics.
Alan and Kamie, along with illustrator David Geister, shared their first book at a “Books and Cookies” event through the Winsted Arts Council in October 2013. The event was extremely well-received, attracting a packed crowd to the building on 141 Main Ave. W. in Winsted.
“We certainly enjoyed our time in Winsted,” Alan said.
This time, in order to give more people an opportunity to attend, the Winsted Arts Council is planning two readings at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7.
Signed books will be available for purchase, and all proceeds will support the Page Education Foundation.
The foundation, which has awarded $12 million in financial assistance to 6,000 students of color, was created by Alan and his wife, Diane, as a way to encourage young people to attain their educational dreams.
“Things are going well with it,” Alan said. “Next year will be our 28th year.”
Page is a firm believer in education, and studied law while playing in the NFL. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1978, and is currently the Minnesota State Supreme Court’s senior justice.
“I love the work and have been privileged to do it for 22 years,” Alan said.
When he turns 70 in August, Alan will be required to retire due to the court’s age limit. He admits that he’ll miss the job, but added that he hopes to do other things that will be just as fulfilling.
One of those things might be writing another children’s book.
“I’m sure there will be a third one,” he said, adding that he loves working with his daughter on these projects.
For those who can’t make it to Saturday’s “Books and Cookies” event in Winsted, Alan’s books can be purchased through his foundation website.
See Alan Page Saturday, March 7
What: A reading of “The Invisible You” with author, Supreme Court justice, and former Vikings player Alan Page. Alan’s daughter, co-author Kamie Page, and the book’s illustrator, David Geister, also plan to be in attendance. Refreshments will be served.
When: Saturday, March 7, with readings at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Where: The Winsted Arts Council building, 141 Main Ave W.
More info: This is a “Books and Cookies” event organized by the Winsted Arts Council as a way to promote art and literacy. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited.