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Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) welcomes YOU!

We have created a new book selling opportunity! The Peter White Public Library in Marquette will be our host for the  “U.P. Authors Book Market!” It is the day before our spring UPPAA meeting, Friday, June 17, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your tent or put your table out in the open. We hope to wrap around the library grounds. In addition to our book market, we plan to have a face painting booth, jugglers, live music, food trucks,  and short readings from all of us. This event will be heavily marketed. Your $20 reservation fee will be donated to the Peter White Public Library. Come join the fun! Registration information is below. Please reserve your space by June 10th. Pay the day of directly to the Peter White Public Library. Thanks! We’ll see you there!

To reserve either a 10 x 10 tent space or a single table space email Tyler at tyler@marquettefiction.com and let him know whether you will need just a table or tent space.

Please spread the word also to non-book vendors whom you think will help to make the event festive.
If you have questions, or for non-book vendors, write or call Gretchen at 906/ 249-1131 or prestonhillpress@gmail.com

Thank you!

Tyler Tichelaar, President, UPPAA
Gretchen Preston, Vice-President, UPPAA

For Immediate Release

Marquette, MI, December 9, 2015—Three centuries after she carried her brother, King Arthur, to Avalon, Morgan le Fay is still interfering in the lives of mortals. At the court of Charlemagne is the handsome and virile Prince Ogier of Denmark, and Morgan le Fay has surprising plans for him. Now Ogier tells the story of his amazing adventures in award-winning author Tyler R. Tichelaar’s new historical fantasy novel Ogier’s Prayer: The Children of Arthur, Book Three.

Ogier’s Prayer: The Children of Arthur, Book Three

Ogier’s Prayer: The Children of Arthur, Book Three

Ogier the Dane is the greatest knight since King Arthur. Blessed at birth by Morgan le Fay and her fellow fairies, he has always known a great destiny awaits him. Even when his evil stepmother Gudrun turns his father’s affections against him, leading to his exile at Charlemagne’s court, he does not cease to aspire to greatness. There he befriends the great knight, Roland, and he achieves many valorous deeds, rescuing princesses and surpassing other men at arms.

Then Ogier’s father dies and his evil stepmother secretly marries Roland’s uncle, Geoffrey, son of the mysterious fairy Melusine. When, soon after, Ogier learns that Gudrun has murdered Geoffrey and taken Melusine’s magic ring, he fears Gudrun has sinister and far-reaching plans. Ogier soon pursues her beyond the limits of the known eighth century world. From France to Avalon, and from the fabled land of the legendary Christian king, Prester John, to the court of Haroun al-Rashid, the caliph of Arabian Nights fame, Ogier finds himself caught up in more adventures and mysteries than he ever could have conceived. Most importantly, before his quest is completed, he will discover that the power of prayer can work wonders that no manner of manly prowess could ever accomplish.

Bookending Ogier’s tale is that of Adam and Anne Delaney, a twentieth century couple who have appeared in each volume of the Children of Arthur series. The Delaneys’ children have just been kidnapped, and they fear it is by the latest incarnation of Ogier’s evil sorceress stepmother, who is preparing to unleash havoc upon the human race. In their efforts to protect their children and stop this ancient supernatural woman, they are guided by the great magician Merlin, who reveals to them their own family’s connections to Morgan le Fay and her lover Ogier.

Arthurian authors and fans have been delighted with each volume of the Children of Arthur series. Sophie Masson, editor of The Road to Camelot, praises the first book, Arthur’s Legacy, as “an intriguing blend of action-packed time-slip fantasy adventure, moving love story, multi-layered mystery, and unusual spiritual exploration.” Cheryl Carpinello, author of Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend, proclaims that the second book, Melusine’s Gift, is “reminiscent of those ancient Tales from the Arabian Nights where one story flows into the next…. I can’t recommend this series enough.” And Roslyn McGrath, author of The Third Mary, calls Ogier’s Prayer an “inspirational re-visioning of the past…vivid, suspenseful storytelling will leave you craving the next installment of this thought-provoking, delightfully plot-twisting series!”

Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. is the author of numerous historical fiction novels, including The Marquette Trilogy, The Best Place, and the award-winning Narrow Lives, as well as the scholarly books The Gothic Wanderer and King Arthur’s Children and the play Willpower.

Ogier’s Prayer: The Children of Arthur, Book Three (ISBN 9780996240017, Marquette Fiction, 2015) can be purchased in paperback and ebook editions through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit www.ChildrenofArthur.com. Review copies available upon request.


Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

Workshop Description

Who: Jill Darling, workshop leader. See bio below

What: Building Hope Writing Workshop: Personal Writing, Community, and Citizenship

Class is limited to first 20 registered participants. A waiting list will be kept in case of cancellations

When: Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 12:00-4:00pm

Where: Peter White Public Library Shiras room, Upper level of the library.

Cost: no charge but donations to the library are always gratefully accepted.

How: To register call Margaret at 906-226-4318 or email mboyle@pwpl.info

 In this workshop we will begin with some conversation around the essays in Section 6 of The Impossible Will Take a Little While and discuss connections between personal experience, writing, and social engagement. We’ll practice our own essay writing by reading some additional short pieces of creative personal nonfiction and talk about how to turn personal experiences and interests into strong and evocative pieces of writing. We’ll also further consider possibilities for writing as social action in the world. Participants need not have prior experience with creative or essay writing but simply be willing to share and learn. Ideas and examples from previous sections of The Impossible Will Take a Little While will be welcome.


Jill Darling has authored the poetry collections: Solve For (BlazeVOX, ebooks) and begin with may: a series of moments (Finishing Line Press) and two collaborative chapbooks with poets Laura Wetherington and Hannah Ensor. She’s also had poems, essays and short fiction published in journals including /NORAufgabe580 SplitQuarter After EightPhoebefactorial, and Denver Quarterly. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State, a Ph.D. in Twentieth Century American Literature and Culture Studies from Wayne State, and has been teaching creative and academic writing, and literature classes, for over 15 years at universities including Eastern Michigan and University of Michigan-Dearborn. More information and links to work online can be found at http://jilldarling.com.


GeographyCarrying on the writing tradition (and carrying it further), The Geography of Water, a debut novel by Mary Emerick, daughter of UPPAA founders and independent publishers, Lon and Lynn Emerick, has been released by the University of Alaska Press in its Literary Series.   Mary Emerick is a U.P. native and after graduation from Marquette Senior High School and Michigan State University has lived in many locales, including seven years on the southeast coast of Alaska,  in her roles as backcountry, wilderness and kayak ranger and most recently, as.a Forest Service wilderness recreation consultant.

In this exquisite debut novel, Mary Emerick takes readers into the watery landscape of southeast Alaska and the depths of a family in crisis. An abusive father and a broken home force a teenage Winnie to seek the safety of a neighboring bay and a pair of unlikely father figures. Years later her mother goes missing, and Winnie returns to the hunting and fishing lodge she grew up in to find the world she knew gone. Her once-powerful father disfigured by a bear attack. Her childhood hero revealed as merely human. And her mother’s story rewritten by a stray note. As Winnie uses the help of friends to sort out the details of her mother’s final exodus, she finds herself pulled into a murky swirl of family secrets and devastating revelations. As the search heads higher into the mountains, Winnie must learn to depend on her own strength in order to reach the one she loves.

Mary Emerick spent seven years as a kayak ranger in Southeast Alaska, traveling the wild and remote coasts of Chichagof and Baranof Islands in a small boat. She has published essays and short stories in several magazines and anthologies. She lives in northeast Oregon where she works for the US Forest Service.

Finlandia University

Finlandia University

Calling all U.P. authors and publishers

Finlandia University is seeking authors and publishers from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to attend the Writers of the Northern Persuasion all-author forum for a free bookselling opportunity.

The event will take place Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock.

Authors and publishers will not be charged a table fee. The registration deadline is April 1 or when registration is full. Finlandia will provide (8’) tables and a complimentary light lunch for registered exhibitors.

Click Here to Register as an ExhibitorThis event is part of Finlandia University’s annual Campus Read. This year’s program is done in collaboration with the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association and is titled Writers of the Northern Persuasion. It is partially funded through a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This bookselling and publishing services opportunity will be publicized and promoted to the general public as well as Finlandia University students. Please contact Terri Martin (terri.martin@finlandia.edu, 906-487-7512) with any questions on this event, lodging information or directions.

I just thought I would remind you all that the deadline to enter the
Marquette Monthly Short Story Contest is January 31.
You can find submission details online at:

MM Annual Short Story Contest

Marquette Monthly has hosted an annual Short Story Contest since 1990. It is open to all U.P. fiction writers. A $250 cash prize is awarded to the author of the winning entry, which is also published in the MM.

Contest Guidelines

• All entries must be works of fiction no longer than 2,500 words, never before published, in 12-point Times font, typed and double-spaced
• The author’s name, address and phone number, plus the story’s word count, should be typed on a cover sheet ONLY. The author’s name should not appear on any page of the actual story
• The contest is open to Upper Peninsula residents only
• A $5 entry fee (check or money order) must accompany the submission
• One submission per writer
• Entries will not be returned
• The winning story will be published in the April issue of Marquette Monthly. MM purchases first North American Serial Rights (the author is free to seek further publication and retains copyright)

The deadline is January 31 of each year.
(postmarks or deliveries after this date cannot be accepted)

Send your short story to:
Short Story Contest
Marquette Monthly
810 N. Third St.
Marquette, MI 49855



 Deadline is Jan. 9 to enter Society of Midland Authors awards competition

Competition is open to all residents…. You do NOT have to be a member of SMA to submit your book!

Saturday, Jan. 9, is the deadline to enter a book in the Society of Midland Authors annual literary awards competition, which will honor books by Midwestern authors published in 2015.

Each winner will receive $500 and a recognition award. The judges in each category may also deem one or two finalists as worthy of recognition, and each finalist will receive a commemorative award. These honors will be given out at the awards banquet the second Tuesday in May.

A book may be nominated by its author or publisher. Authors do not need to be members of the Society of Midland Authors in order to enter the contest. Please read the following rules carefully before submitting:

  • An entry form must accompany each book. One copy of the book and one entry form go to each of the three judges in its category. That means a total of three forms per title (three judges, three forms, three books). Books unaccompanied by completed entry forms will not be considered.
  • Each book entry must have a 2015 publication date with corresponding copyright date. The author must either reside in, be born in, or have strong ties to one of the 12 Midland states SMA represents: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.
  • Each submission requires an entry fee of $10. To pay by PayPal or credit card, please click here. You may also pay by mailing a check to Society of Midland Authors, P.O. Box 10419, Chicago, IL 60610. This payment must identify the book title, author and source of check, so SMA knows which author and book entry to confirm as a paid entry. (You may use the “comments” box to write the information for PayPal. Copy the entry form to go with your snail mail check.)
  • For now, we do not consider e-book originals unless accompanied by a print edition.
  • Books by deceased authors are eligible, providing they meet the other requirements.
  • Submissions must be postmarked by January 9, 2016. Send entries to the appropriate judges.
  • To enter this year’s competition, print out the entry form at this link: http://midlandauthors.com/contest_form.html. Include a completed copy with each nominated book. Mail a copy of the form and the book to each of the three judges in the selected category. Do not mail the book to the Society’s P.O. box. Make sure that you enter the book in the proper category. (For example, all children’s books go to children’s categories, rather than Poetry or Biography and Memoir, which are for adult submissions only.) Books submitted to improper categories will be disqualified.
  • If you’d like to confirm that your entry reached the judges, please send a self-addressed stamped postcard with each book submission. Or you can contact Marlene Targ Brill, marlenetbrill@comcast.net, who will verify whether your entry arrived.


Adult Fiction

  • Mark Eleveld, 305 Brooks Ave., Joliet, IL 60435
  • Tony Romano, 23W279 Saint James Court, Glen Ellyn IL 60137
  • Michele Weldon, 1419 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, IL 60305

Adult Nonfiction

  • Connie Fletcher, 521 Tenth St., Wilmette, IL 60091
  • Kim Hiltwein c/o Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
  • Eckhard Gerdes, 1110 Varsity Blvd., Apt, 221, DeKalb, IL 60115

Biography and Memoir

  • Davis Schneiderman, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Center for Chicago Programs, Lake Forest College, 555 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Robert Remer, 5840 N. Kenmore, Chicago, IL 60660
  • John Hallwas, 404 S. Edwards St., Macomb, IL 61455

Children’s Fiction

  • Nancy Crocker, 2432 W. 24th St., Minneapolis, MN 55405
  • Barbara A. Binns, Box 1583, Arlington Heights, IL 60006
  • Judith Fradin, 2121 Dobson St., Evanston, IL 60202

Children’s Nonfiction

  • Margaret McMullan, 541 East Scenic Drive, Pass Christian, MS 39571
  • Ilene Cooper, 798 Judson, Highland Park, IL 60035
  • Andrea Warren, 4908 W. 71st St., Prairie Village, KS 66208


  • Jim McGarrah, 120 North Bellaire Avenue #1, Louisville, KY 40206
  • Grace Bauer, English Department, Andrews Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588-0333
  • Joshua Corey, Dept. of English, Lake Forest College, 555 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

We look forward to your submissions.  Thank you and good luck.



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