Falling Rock Bookstore, Munising, MI

Falling Rock Bookstore, Munising, MI

 TWO  Evenings of U.P. Nature Writing

Thursday, September 11th—7 p.m., Falling Rock Café and Bookstore, 104 E. Munising Ave., Munising (M-28)

AND Wednesday, September 24th—7 p.m., Peter White Library Community Room, Marquette

Join us to hear authors read their entries in the Second Annual Nature Writing Contest, receive awards and talk about nature writing together.  Free book reading list. Bring your own writing!

Enjoy a U.P. Photo Show with Chris Burnett,  Program Director—U.P. Land Conservancy.

FREE—Public Welcome

 North Country Publishing

Sponsored by Falling Rock Café & Bookstore and North Country Publishing

The Marquette evening is co-hosted by the Marquette Arts & Culture Center



Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

For immediate release:
Information:    Lynn Emerick
August 21, 2014
North Country Publishing

Winners Selected in Second Annual U.P. Nature Writing Contest

Entries for the Second Annual Upper Peninsula Nature Writing Contest were received from across the Upper Peninsula –Munising and Ironwood, Copper Harbor and Newberry, Hancock, Engadine, Naubinway, Lake Linden, Chassell and Wakefield to Rapid River, Manistique, Marquette, Ishpeming and many towns in between.  The Nature Writing Contest is sponsored by North Country Publishing of Skandia (Lon and Lynn Emerick) and the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore of Munising (Nancy and Jeff Dwyer) and was judged by five of the Upper Peninsula’s resident writers.   

The contest winner was Kathleen Heideman of Marquette, with her entry Attending Every Tiny Funeral.  She will be awarded the first place prize of $250.00.

The contest’s First Honorable Mention award went to Amanda Rogers of Copper Harbor for Whichever Season is Next.  Contest judging resulted in a tie for Second Honorable Mention:  Thomas Hoogterp of Engadine for his entry   All in a Day’s Walk and Rachel Mills of Marquette who submitted Fiddleheads and Leeks.  Noah Hausmann of Gwinn is the Third Honorable Mention winner for his entry:  Can’t Wait to Get Back Home.  Honorable Mention winners will be  awarded  gift cards from the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore and Gwen Frostic nature journals during September Nature Writing Evenings.

 Evenings of U.P. Nature Writing, sponsored by North Country Publishing and the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore will be held on September 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Falling Rock Café & Bookstore in Munising and also on September 24th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.  The Marquette Arts and Culture Center is co-hosting the Library evening event.  All entrants from the 2014 Second Annual Nature Writing contest have been invited to read their work and talk about nature writing with those attending. Members of the public are also invited to read their own nature writings; a list of favorite nature books will be available as a handout.

The evenings will include an Upper Peninsula photo presentation by Chris Burnett, U.P. Nature Photographer and Program Director with the U.P. Land Conservancy. The events are free and open to the public.  For more information on the contest or the Nature Writing Events, contact Lynn @906-942-7879 or northco@up.net



Westwood Mall, Marquette Michigan

Westwood Mall, Marquette Michigan

Dear Fellow U.P. Author,

The U.P. Publishers and Authors Association, Gretchen Preston, and I would like to invite you to participate in the Second Annual U.P. Authors Day Book Fair.

Date and Time: Saturday, October 4, 2014 12 noon – 6 pm.

Where: Westwood Mall, Marquette, Michigan

Table Fee: $50

Join your colleagues to celebrate U.P. Authors Day at our book fair extravaganza! This event will be highly publicized and the Westwood Mall plans to use the table fees to advertise the event. We hope to have a large turnout of authors, last year we had twenty-three, and get a jumpstart on our holiday book sales.

Please note that you must commit to attending for six hours of the event. Registration deadline is September 19, but the sooner you register and we have a list of attendees, the sooner we can begin promoting the event and the more likely your name will be included in the promotional material.

Please let me know if you plan to attend. Attached is the form to fill out and mail along with your check to the Westwood Mall.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Also, feel free to pass on the information to any other local authors you know. Hope to see you there!

Tyler Tichelaar
President, Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association http://www.uppaa.org
tyler@marquettefiction.com or president@uppaa.org

Members of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association appeared at the Iron County Historical Museum’s Authors and Artists Day Event in Caspian on Saturday, July 19th. The historical museum’s first ever Authors and Artists Day Event featured  a wide variety of locally written books and other artisan crafts for sale, and artwork highlighting the LeBlanc & Giovanelli Galleries.

Kim Allen Wright, author of The Book, and his wife Sue Wright.

Kim Allen Wright, author of The Book, and his wife Sue Wright.

Tyler R. Tichelaar

Tyler R. Tichelaar, Marquette Fiction (with customer Maria)

Fred and Donna Winters

Fred and Donna Winters, Great Lakes Historical Romances

Maria Vezzetti Matson, author of Gelsomina's Story of Caesar Lucchesi: A True Tale of Italian Immigrants

Maria Vezzetti Matson, author of Gelsomina’s Story of Caesar Lucchesi: A True Tale of Italian Immigrants

Deborah Frontiera

Deborah Frontiera, Fighting CPS and other works

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The Outback Art Fair took place July 26-27, 2014 at the Picnic Rocks near Marquette Michigan. Several of the UPPAA authors and their illustrators were in attendance.

Willpower: An Original Play about Marquette’s Ossified Man

Willpower is an original play written by Tyler Tichelaar, directed by Moire Embley, and produced by the Marquette Regional History Center. Performances will be September 18 and 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Kaufman Auditorium, Marquette, MI.There are some stories that deserve to be told.  As a young boy Will Adams’ soft tissues were becoming harder, turning him into a living statue.  Others faced with such a dark future might have felt sorry for themselves, turning inward.  Not so for Will, his disease brought about an amazing creative burst of energy.  His story is as inspiring today as it was 100 years ago.  With a stellar cast and direction, this will be a “do not miss” production! Tickets in advance are $15; $20 at the door. Adams house - 200 Ridge Street

The Historic Adams Home at 200 E. Ridge St. where Will Adams lived with his parents and sister.

Tickets are on sale now, and will be available at the History Center or through nmu.edu/tickets.Support for the production of Willpower includes a Major Grant from the Michigan Humanities Council as well as additional support from the Marquette Community Foundation and the Upper Peninsula Health Plan. Press Release.

Michigan Humanities Council Marquette Community Foundation
Upper Peninsula Health Plan

Listen to Tyler’s discussion of Willpower at the Marquette Regional History Center’s annual meeting on February 26, 2013, and a dramatic reading by Jessica “Red” Bays of a scene from the play.

Audition dates scheduled for Willpower – Auditions for the Marquette Regional History Center’s production of Willpower, an original play by local author Tyler Tichelaar, will be held July 11 and 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with callbacks on July 14 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Both auditions and callbacks will be at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center in Workshop #4. A pianist will be provided on both audition days. Please prepare a ninety- second cutting from a musical or Broadway style song, and monologue. There will also be cold reading material provided at auditions for those who do not have a monologue prepared. Those who cannot attend either audition day should call Moire Embley at 869-2290 or Red Bays at 226-3571, or email moireembley@gmail.com to set up a separate time. Scripts will be available to pick up at MRHC starting June 3. For details, call 226-3571.

More about Will Adams, from Tyler R. Tichelaar’s book My Marquette:

Will Adams, the adopted son of Sidney and Harriet Adams, was born in 1878 to Detroit parents who died while he was an infant. In his youth, Will was a soloist in the boys choir at school and church and enjoyed athletic pursuits, but a baseball injury resulted in soft tissue becoming hard until eventually he ossified into a living statue. By his mid-teens he was confined to a portable couch and only his face remained mobile. By sheer willpower, Will survived to the age of thirty-one. No longer able to perform athletics, he became one of Marquette’s first literary figures, starting his own magazine business. His family hired him an attendant to whom he could dictate his magazine. He named his magazine CHIPS. Besides his own text, he included political cartoons and even caricatures of such town leaders as Peter White, Nathan Kaufman, and John M. Longyear. The paper was largely supported by advertising, so a phone was installed in the Adams home, and his attendant would hold the phone to Will’s mouth so he could talk up his bi-monthly magazine to prospective advertisers.

Will also composed an opera with his childhood friend, Norma Ross, then the directress of the Marquette schools’ music program. Will hummed melodies and Ross wrote them down. Their end result was the production of Miss D. Q. Pons an opera which premiered at the Marquette Opera House on July 3, 1905 with Ross in the title role. Will viewed the opera from the wing in his portable bed, and when its success led to the troupe traveling for sellout performances in Ishpeming, Hancock, Calumet, and Sault Ste. Marie, Will traveled with them by train. In 1906, Will also founded another newspaper, the Marquette Chronicle to which he contributed an original article each day. He died on August 10, 1909, preceded by his adopted father, Sidney Adams in 1906. Will once joked about his literary efforts, “Every specimen of writ is a silent story of how the author was saved from cerrebrius combustion.”

Will Adams with his parents Sidney and Harriet Adams, sister Bertha, and friend Norma Ross (seated) on the Adams Family Porch. (Photo Courtesy of the J.M. Longyear Research Library)

Will Adams with his parents Sidney and Harriet Adams, sister Bertha, and
friend Norma Ross (seated) on the Adams Family Porch.
(Photo Courtesy of the J.M. Longyear Research Library)

Gretchen Preston forwarded me the following information about an upcoming book fest in the Sault.

If you have questions, contact Beverly McBride.  Following is her email and the registration form has been pasted into the message below so you can copy and print it. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it to this event.

Tyler Tichelaar

Hello! We are thrilled to invite you to participate in the 1st Annual Eastern Upper Peninsula Book Fest, scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9am-3pm, sponsored by Creative Endeavors, the arts support group that meets at Bayliss Library in the Sault. We want to feature EUP published authors, illustrators, publishers. We will have a table space for each author, and also schedule reading times for those who wish to read selections from their work for the public. Cost of the booth is $10. That money will be used for signs, flyers, site maps and other surprises we might wrench from it. If you wish to share a table with another writer, please let us know. The other particulars are listed on the first page of the attached registration form. Please note if you want to reserve a box lunch, the procedure is outlined on the registration information, and will be revisited the day of the event.

This idea is a long time coming. We think it will be unique local pilot event, and the entire group is working hard to make this a good experience for all. We are looking at this event as a wonderful time to share and promote your work, and to meet people interested in books and local authors. Please review the attached registration, fill it out, copy and return to me, no later than September 7, first come first served, for both booths and reading slots. I will be taking the registrations via e-mail or you may leave a hard copy for me at Bayliss Library. If you feel the need to speak to a real person about all this, call me at 941 713-2616. If you see another author who should be at the event, please let them know, and encourage them to contact us.

bannerbaylissI hope to see you there! Thank you for considering participating!

Beverly McBride

PS. Feel free to join with us at any time at Creative Endeavors. Our next meeting is scheduled for Aug 12, 12 noon at Bayliss.

Registration Information

Creative Endeavors’ 1st Annual EUP Book Fest

9am-3pm September 20, 2014 Faith Lutheran Church Hall 1600 Park St., Sault

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Creative Endeavors’ First Annual EUP Book Fest!! Please complete the registration form below to ensure your space in the Book Fest.

1) Cost is $10 per entrant. Tables are assigned first come, first served basis. A table and 2 chairs is included. There will be no electrical connection available for your table. Set up of tables and chairs before and take down is included.

2) Please bring your own table cover. Feel free to decorate your table.

3) We will provide some uniform signage and bottled water for your convenience.

4) You may order a catered box lunch to be delivered to your booth at a cost of $8 per box. Sign up for the number of box lunches you need; may be increased first thing the day of the event, so check with the Creative Endeavors table.

5) Press releases, marketing, flyers and maps of the event will be being generated. Please send materials ahead of time to be included, no later than September 7. Please send into if you are reading.

6) You may sell your books or book related items at your table. No crafts please. Please bring your own change, bags, etc. Don’t forget your pen for signing!

7) We will have 11 slots for 15 minute readings. First Come, First Served, if you indicate below, you will be assigned a time slot. There will be minimal seating around a reading area. You will be introduced and may begin your reading and answer audience questions. There may be some entertainment scheduled between readings, so please keep to the 15 minutes allotted. Thank you.

8) Please do not leave or pack-up before 3pm. Plan to arrive before 9 to set up and to have your booth manned the entire Book Fest. Doors open for Fare goers at 9 AM.

9) There will be an information table (Creative Endeavors) who will assist if you or Fest goers have questions or needs during the Fest.

10) Please feel free to look around and get to know other published authors/artists participating in the Book Fest. Please look into joining Creative Endeavors writers/artists group.

Creative Endeavors’ 1st Annual EUP Book Fest

9-3 September 20 Faith Lutheran Church Hall 1600 Park St., Sault


Yes! I wish to participate in this first ever EUP Book Fest Event!


Mailing Address:


Phone # or Cell:

At your assigned table: I will be selling my book(s) ___yes ___no ___other______________________


I would like to sign up for a 15 minute author reading: ___yes ___no

I would like to request a box lunch(es) at $8 each:__yes__no___# of lunches___total due that day (cash)

I will be forwarding additional information for pre-Fest marketing ___yes ___no (Due before Sept 7)

For more information or questions, please contact Bmcbride11@gmail.com

Please send completed form to Bmcbride11@gmail.com

Thank you, See you at the Fest!!


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