Fireside Reading Series features Sarah Stonich, Heid Erdrich

Built in 1930, the Hamline Midway Library in St. Paul is a lovely old brick building with bay windows, a grand front entrance and a fireplace. It is the fireplace we are most concerned with here — it’s the annual gathering spot, for six weeks each winter, of writers and readers.

In the old days, a fire blazed while writers read. Sadly, in recent years the fireplace has stopped working, but the writers will be still there as scheduled, every Wednesday at 7 p.m. between Jan. 23 and Feb. 27, and we are promised candlelight, if not firelight.

This year, in addition to reading from their own work, authors will talk about the meaning of home, a topic that fits nicely with the city’s “Read Brave St. Paul” initiative, which focuses on books about housing, such as Matthew Desmond’s prizewinning nonfiction account, “Evicted.”