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U.P. Authors Encourage Holiday Book Giving and Donating through Many Events

Marquette, MI, November 25, 2014—With the holidays upon us, local authors are actively attending craft shows, holding book signings, and helping to get us all in the holiday spirit. Upper Michigan is home to nearly one hundred local authors as well as being the subject or setting of many other books. Thanks to efforts by libraries, bookstores, and organizations like the U.P. Publishers and Authors Association, more and more people are reading local books and supporting the creation of a U.P. literature.

This year many events are being held in Marquette County where authors will be in attendance to sign or talk about their books. For other author events in Upper Michigan, check with your local library and bookstores.

 The Holiday Outback Art and Craft Show (the winter version of the popular summer Outback at Picnic Rocks) will be held this year at the Marquette Armory at 1820 Lincoln Ave. on Friday, November 28 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, November 29 from 10-6 p.m. Sonny Longtine, author of several U.P. books, will be there selling his newest book Murder in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which explores true crimes that turned quiet U.P. communities into fear-ridden crime scenes.

 The TV6 Christmas Craft Show is probably the biggest holiday shopping event in Upper Michigan. This year many authors will be among those in attendance, including Diana Oman, author of the new ABC book for the kid in all of us, My Heart Smiles, which is also illustrated by Colleen O’Hara who will be there with her own book, The Butterfly Lady; Charlie Smith, author of the new novel, 1914, about World War I; Gretchen Preston, author of the Valley Cats children’s book series; Larry Buege, author of Cold Turkey, a series of Native American novels beginning with Chogan and the Gray Wolf, and many other titles; and Tyler R. Tichelaar, author of My Marquette, several U.P. novels, and a historical fantasy series about King Arthur. The TV6 Christmas Craft Show will be held this year on Friday, December 5 from 5-9 p.m., Saturday, December 6 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, December 7, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Superior Dome in Marquette.

 Snowbound Books at 118 N. Third Street in Marquette will be hosting its annual Local Authors Day on Saturday, December 13 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Authors in attendance will be Matthew Gavin Frank, author of Preparing the Ghost and Barolo; Loraine Koski, who will be signing her newly released book Elden’s True Army Tales about a local man who fought in World War II; David Lee Nelson, author of River of Iron; Carrie Pearson, author of the children’s books A Warm Winter Tail and A Cool Summer Tail, and Charlie Smith, author of the World War I novel, 1914.

Diana Oman and Colleen O’Hara will also be signing copies of My Heart Smiles at Younkers in the Westwood Mall on December 10 from 11 a.m.-2p.m, December 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 20 from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. and December 21 from 1-4 p.m.

In addition, many members of the U.P. Publishers and Authors Association are supporting The Gift of Reading Project, organized by the Marquette-Alger Reading Council. The public is asked to donate new books to be given to needy families and adults at Christmas time and throughout the year. New books are also distributed to youth service agencies, public health and dental centers, nursing homes, including the Veteran’s Center, the Women’s Center and Harbor House, Beacon House and other locations. Drop off locations include Peter White Public Library and Snowbound Books. The last day for donations is December 5. Contributions also can be sent to MARC at P.O. Box 1084, Marquette. For more information, call 226-7030.

This year, give the Gift of Reading to your loved ones and those in need by supporting local authors and making sure everyone has a book under the Christmas Tree. For more information about the U.P. Publishers and Authors Association and local author events, visit www.uppaa.org.

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Book World, Escanaba

Book World, Escanaba

On Saturday, November 15, from 1-3 p.m. EDT, three local authors will be signing books and greeting the public at Book World in the Delta Plaza Mall in Escanaba. While all three authors live and write about the U.P., their books offer a variety of topics and appeal to different age groups.

Robert Cook, better known as Mr. Happy, is an author and musician. He was born in 1963 in rural Alabama and raised in Michigan. He currently lives in Wilson. Robert’s life and challenges are recounted in his book, A Child’s Journey, written so that those who have experienced troubles like himself can know there is hope. He is also the author of two volumes of poetry, Look Up! The Poems of Mr. Happy and Coping with Life: More Poems from Mr. Happy, both of which are illustrated with his own photography. Robert Cook’s website is www.MrHappyOnline.com, and you can also find him on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

Tyler R. Tichelaar was raised in Portland, Oregon. She attended the University of Oregon and went on to graduate school at Arizona State University where she earned a master’s degree in social work. Trained as a medical social worker, Gretchen frequently wrote newsletters, articles for professional journals and composed educational handbooks. After retiring and moving to Chocolay Township, she wrote her first book Valley Cats: The Adventures of Boonie and River, which has been followed by two sequels, all beautifully illustrated by Karin Neumann. Written at a fifth grade reading level as well as to be read aloud to young children, the Valley Cats books entertain while also teaching children about U.P. history, geography, nature, and friendship. Visit Gretchen at www.prestonhillpress.com
Tyler R. Tichelaar is a seventh-generation Marquette resident. After earning Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from Northern Michigan University and a Ph.D. in literature from Western Michigan University, he began publishing The Marquette Trilogy (Iron Pioneers, The Queen City, and Superior Heritage), a fictionalized version of Marquette’s history from 1849 to 1999. Next came a history book, My Marquette, and more U.P. novels, including the award-winning Narrow Lives and The Best Place, about two women who grew up in the Marquette orphanage. Tyler continues to live in Marquette where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing. Visit Tyler at www.MarquetteFiction.com All three authors are members of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (www.uppaa.org). UPPAA was founded in 1998 to help local authors publish and market their books. UPPAA’s members frequently hold conferences, book signings, and other events to encourage people to meet local authors and celebrate that the U.P. has its own literature and is worth writing about. Cook, Preston, and Tichelaar look forward to meeting their current and future readers on Saturday at Escanaba’s Book World.

MARQUETTE — The second-annual U.P. Author’s Day Book Fair was held at the Westwood Mall on Saturday October 4, 2014.

Nearly 20 authors who either live in the U.P. or write about the U.P. were in attendance to showcase their works. Shoppers had the chance to get out of the rain and walk from table to table in the mall to check out the author’s books and other projects. One author from Marquette, Richard P. Smith, has published 26 books and two documentaries nationally. His works are primarily about hunting and wildlife

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MARQUETTE — The second-annual U.P. Author’s Day Book Fair was held at the Westwood Mall on Saturday.

Nearly 20 authors who either live in the U.P. or write about the U.P. were in attendance to showcase their works. Shoppers had the chance to get out of the rain and walk from table to table in the mall to check out the author’s books and other projects. One author from Marquette, Richard P. Smith, has published 26 books and two documentaries nationally. His works are primarily about hunting and wildlife.

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Tyler R. Tichelaar has been busy helping to organize the 2nd Annual U.P. Authors Day, which will be held Saturday, October 4 from Noon to 6 p.m. at the Westwood Mall, Marquette Michigan. So far, over a dozen authors plan to attend to sign and share their books with the public. The Upper Peninsula Authors participating will be:

Nancy Barr

Larry Buege

Robert Cook

Julie Covert

Corey M. LaBissioniere

James M. Jackson

Mary T. Kremer

Sonny Longtine

Robert Martin

April MacDougall

G. Nykanen

Diana Oman

Gretchen Preston

Charles B. Smith

Richard P. Smith

Tyler R. Tichelaar

Dean Weiger

Allen Wright

westwoodThese authors write a wide range of books from U.P. history and children’s books to animal stories, humor, memoirs, and mysteries. If you can’t find at least one book at U.P. Authors Day to read and fall in love with, I don’t know where you will.

Please come out to support your local authors and celebrate with us the literature of Upper Michigan. After all, we live in a rich area full of interesting characters and places that deserve to be in books. I for one am grateful that we Yoopers now have a literature of our own.

Of course, there are wonderful authors writing books all over this world, and below are some of those authors offering a wide range of fascinating topics and information. Be sure to check them out.

fall_fling_pixSAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.:  Members of the public are invited to submit nominations for Lake Superior State University’s second annual Writing the U.P. Award, which seeks to honor fiction authors who have portrayed the essence of life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Deadline for nominations is Sept. 30. The 2014 award recipient will be announced in November, when he or she will be invited to campus to give a public reading, receive the award, and be presented with a $250 honorarium.

Any resident of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula may nominate an author. The award selection committee asks those who nominate to select authors who have portrayed–through vivid description, believable characters and story–the essence of U.P. life.

Nominations should be sent using the online submission form through LSSU’s Border Crossing blog. Scroll down to find the form. Nominators must enter their names, a valid e-mail address, the name of the author they wish to nominate, and a brief summary of the nominee’s accomplishments.

The 2013 recipient, LSSU alumna and E.U.P resident Sue Harrison, was selected for her portrayal of the U.P. in her work, her commitment to accurately rendering underrepresented native groups in her carefully researched novel series, and for her notable dedication to promoting creative writing across the U.P.

For more information, please contact Prof. Jillena Rose, 906-635-2091 or jrose@lssu.edu

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315, tpink@lssu.edu;

John Shibley, 635-2314, jshibley@lssu.edu;

Prof. Jillena Rose, 635-2091, jrose@lssu.edu




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