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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

 

UP AUTHORS_2014 POSTER

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

 

 

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