First Annual U.P. Authors Day and Book Fair to Be Held
For Immediate Release
Upper Michigan authors from all ends of the peninsula will gather on July 6, 2013 for the first annual U.P. Authors Day Book Fair at the Westwood Mall. All authors who live in or write about the U.P. are welcome to attend.
Marquette, MI, May 6, 2013—Upper Michigan authors will gather to meet their current and future readers at the first annual U.P. Authors Day event and book fair at the Westwood Mall in Marquette on July 6, 2013.
U.P. Authors Day is an event intended to raise awareness of the rich tradition of writing about Upper Michigan and introduce readers to local authors. The event is the brainchild of Lon Emerick, award-winning author of such favorites as “The Superior Peninsula” and “Paradise, North” and is being organized by members of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) in coordination with the Westwood Mall.
President of UPPAA, Tyler R. Tichelaar, said that invitations have gone out to over one hundred authors of U.P. literature, many of whom live in other parts of the country, but all of whom hold the U.P. in their hearts. Gretchen Preston, author of the Valley Cats children’s book series who is helping to coordinate the event, stated, “When we began to compile a list of U.P. authors, we were amazed by how many there were. We have invited dozens of authors besides the more than sixty members of UPPAA, and they all write about a host of diverse topics.” Ellen Sargent, manager of the Westwood Mall, adds, “The Westwood Mall is excited to be hosting this event. We know both our local customers and area visitors will really enjoy getting to meet the authors. I think people might be surprised by the wide variety of works available!”
A short list of U.P. authors who are already planning to attend include Preston, Tichelaar, Ida Nord, Mel Laurila, Mara McKay, Jerry Harju, Kevin and Randy Kluck, Corey LaBissioniere, Deborah Frontiera, Donna Winters, and Sherry Kauppi.
This is an open call to all authors in Upper Michigan. The book fair is an all day event. Book sale hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 6th. Authors are asked to be in attendance the entire day. The registration fee for a table is $50. Extensive advertising for the event is planned. The deadline for registration is June 22nd, but authors who wish to attend are encouraged to sign up early so their names will be included in publicity efforts. Authors who want more information and a registration form, may contact Tyler Tichelaar at Tyler@MarquetteFiction.com or call 906-226-1543.