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



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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