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For Immediate Release

Pat Ryan O’Day, Owner of Marquette Monthly, Passes Away

Marquette, MI, — Pat Ryan O’Day, longtime owner, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Marquette Monthly, passed away at U.P. Health System in Marquette on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, following a brief stay at the hospital.

Ryan O’Day was long known in Upper Michigan as the owner of Marquette Monthly for over twenty years. Marquette Monthly began in 1987 and was purchased by Ryan O’Day in 1992.

Since then, it has been regularly distributed throughout central and western Upper Michigan. Ryan O’Day was proud that it was the only independent and locally owned newspaper in Upper Michigan. Under Ryan O’Day’s ownership, Marquette Monthly won numerous Good News Awards, and in 2011, it was awarded recognition in the Marquette Arts and Culture Awards for its longstanding excellence and contribution to the community.

Benefiting the community was one of Ryan O’Day’s greatest interests and she always made certain that good causes and important events found mention in Marquette Monthly, from fundraising support for Public Radio 90 to raising awareness of health and environmental issues and encouraging people to shop locally.

Prior to owning Marquette Monthly, Ryan O’Day owned the Action Shopper in Marquette. She was also actively involved as a Board Member of Northern Michigan University’s North Wind student newspaper. Many of those student journalists later found jobs at Marquette Monthly. Ryan O’Day loved to encourage and support young people and to show appreciation for those who made special contributions, including supporting 8-18 Media with its own column in Marquette Monthly and spotlighting locals.

Ryan O’Day was involved in numerous other organizations, sat on many boards and constantly did everything she could to strengthen the community.

Longtime friend Babette Welch described Ryan O’Day as “A true leader of the business community who was devoted to helping others become better people, helping businesses to grow, and supporting women. Her thoughtful insight helped the community evolve and become stronger.”

Author Tyler Tichelaar worked for Ryan O’Day for nearly eight years as the proofreader and book reviewer for Marquette Monthly. “I so appreciated her professionalism and her determination to tell both sides of the story,” said Tichelaar, “but best of all, she had wonderful stories to share of Marquette’s past.”

The Marquette Monthly, Ryan O’Day’s countless friends and admirers and her many contributions to the community are her lasting legacy.

Her daughter, Aileen Ryan, said, “My mum loved this community and she never ceased to be pleased with how its readers responded to the Marquette Monthly. We intend to make sure that legacy continues.”

Those wishing to express their condolences to the Ryan O’Day family can do so by mail sent to 810 N. Third St., Marquette, MI 49855.

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Ragene Henry (1947 - 2014) Resided in Marquette, MI

Ragene Henry (1947 – 2014)
Resided in Marquette, MI

I  am sure many of you knew Ragene Henry or are familiar with the four children’s books she wrote about U.P. History. Here is her obituary at the Canale Funeral Home if you wish to read it or offer condolences. It appeared in the Mining Journal and other UP papers today.

Her books include:

  • The Time of the Copper Moon
  • The Barefoot Boys of Fayette
  • The Time of the Shining Rocks
  • An Enduring Christmas (Marquette, Michigan, 1850)

Read a brief interview with Ragene Henry (2009)

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mmMarquette 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, 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, 2015  (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

Past Winners

2014 Eric Hammerstrom, “Fire and Ice” and  Jeremy Vavrick,  “Surprise Party”
2013 John Taylor, “Flying Cars”
2012 Don Kilpela, “Gunnar’s Saga”, The True Story of a Modern Day Icelandic Fighting Sheep
2011 Larry Buege, “Frozen Memories” and
Thomas P. Suchenek, “Unobstructed View”
2010 Dennis Whitley, “The Unofficial Outpost Olympics”
2009 Meghan Namaste, “A Made Pony”
2008 Eric Hammerstrom, “The Leper Boy”
2007 Joe Secreast, “Angel Shreveport, Where are You Now?”
2006 Mark Wisti, “Casandra”
2005 Timothy J. Bishop, “What We Agree On”
2004 Matthew Gougeon, “Making Payment”
2003 Matthew Williams, “Golden Chance”
2002 Todd McCann, “Lunker”
2001 Amy Armstrong-Markantoy, “A Day of Reckoning”
2000 Mac MacDevitt, “Elysia’s Gift”
1999 Clare Mishica, “The Secret”
1998 Beverly Matherne, “The Tobacco Shed”
1997 Ann Marie Kelley, “Why I Left Ameryka”
1996 Tom Holliday, “Laugh or Cry”
1995 Todd McCann, “The Way Things Happen”
Mary Emerick, “Fire Season”
1994 Mac MacDevitt, “Opening”
1993 Robert Davis, “Pushki: A Chekovian Parody”
1992 David Anthony, “Bus Ride”
1991 Sandra Inskeep-Fox, “Pieces”
Linda Sue Hudson, “Lower Than a Dog Walks”


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For Immediate Release

Book World Hosts Opportunity to Meet Local Authors

Marquette, MI, December 8, 2014—On Saturday, December 20, from 1-4 p.m., four local authors will be signing books and greeting the public at Book World in Downtown Marquette. All four authors live in the Marquette-Harvey area, but write about a wide variety of topics.

Larry Buege

Larry Buege

If you’ve seen the guy in the amorous spotted slug costume promoting the cause for state slug in Downtown Marquette, then you’ve seen Larry Buege. Now you have the opportunity to talk to him about his campaign and get personalized copies of his book Cold Turkey, a futuristic U.P. novel about U.P. statehood and a strange prophecy initiated by the said slug. In addition, Larry will be signing copies of his popular young adult Native American fiction series beginning with Chogan and the Gray Wolf and his many other novels. Check out his website www.LarryBuege.com.

 

Sonny Longtine

Sonny Longtine

Sonny Longtine, a retired teacher, has spent his retirement researching and writing about the history of the U.P. His first book, Marquette, Then & Now, appeared in time for Marquette’s Sesquicentennial in 1999. He followed it with Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Life Legends and Landmarks and Courage Burning. Since then, he has found himself wading in blood—figuratively. His latest book, Murder in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, tells the true stories of several U.P. murders, spanning from the 1800s to the present century.

Tyler Tichelaar and Gretchen Preston at Art on the Lake

 Gretchen Preston and Tyler Tichelaar

Gretchen Preston was raised in Portland, Oregon, and worked as a medical social worker, but when she met her future husband, he asked her to marry him and come live in the U.P. at the end of the road and write books. Fortunately for Upper Michigan’s children, Gretchen said, “Yes.” She began telling stories to a neighbor girl she babysat, and those stories then became Valley Cats: The Adventures of Boonie and River, about two cats who are adventurers in the U.P. The book has been followed by two sequels, all beautifully illustrated by Karin Neumann. Gretchen’s purpose is to teach children about U.P. history, geography, and nature, while also entertaining them. Visit Gretchen at www.prestonhillpress.com

Tyler R. Tichelaar is a seventh-generation Marquette resident. Although he earned a Ph.D. at WMU and taught for several years, his true love was always fiction and the U.P. so he returned home to write about his roots. The result has been his popular The Marquette Trilogy, My Marquette, the recent play Willpower, the novel The Best Place, about two women who grew up in the Marquette orphanage, and The Children of Arthur historical fantasy series about King Arthur and his descendants—yes, he thinks he’s one of those descendants. Visit Tyler at www.MarquetteFiction.com and www.ChildrenofArthur.com

Lee Laforge, manager of Book World, encourages the public to come visit with the local authors on December 20th. “Local books are a big part of our business here at Book World,” Laforge said. “Both locals and visitors love to learn more about the Upper Peninsula and bring home a piece of the U.P. Books make great gifts for that reason, and also for people from the area who now live elsewhere. Come get a book signed for yourself or someone else and enjoy the holidays.”

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UPPAA member Richard P. Smith is proud to announce two recently revised classics on bear and deer hunting and the latest entry in the ever-popular Deer Tales Series.  You can buy them at Richard’s online store or wherever fine hunting books are sold.

Black Bear Hunting, 2nd Ed.   – The Ultimate Reference
The ultimate reference for black bear hunters everywhere, containing everything you need to know for success regardless of how you plan on hunting. Field judging, shot placement, carcass care included

Deer Hunting, 4th Edition
One of the most comprehensive books on deer hunting on the market today, containing almost 300 quality color photos. Covers all the bases.

Great Michigan Deer Tales, Book 6 – Stories Behind Michigan’s Biggest Bucks
Another collection of short stories about how, where, when and by whom the state’s biggest bucks were bagged, including the highest scoring nontypical.

Deer Tales 6

Deer Tales 6

Black Bear Hunting, 2nd Ed.

Black Bear Hunting, 2nd Ed.

Deer Hunting, 4th Edition

Deer Hunting, 4th Edition

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UPPAA welcomes all UP area authors!

For Immediate Release

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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