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Hello Authors!

I hope you all have been having a relaxing autumn!

I am emailing you because I wanted to let you all know about an event we are doing in the month of November that may be of interest to some of you.

As some of you may know, November is National Novel Writing Month – a time of writers to challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This year, the Escanaba Public Library is joining in by offering a number of events (like writing groups) to help writers finish this challenge.

I am sending along a pdf and jpeg of our flyer of events for you to look at. Maybe you’d like to stop in and get some writing done or just pass along the information to a friend. NaNo is a great way for writers to find support and community, and to finish what some deem impossible. This year the EPL is focusing on supporting would-be authors and authors in our area in any way we can.  We feel this is a great way to do it.

And if you’re not in our area? See if your local library is putting on similar events! Houghton and Iron Mountain both have NaNo writers meeting this month, maybe your area does too!

Hopefully, some of you will be able to make it but if not, we are thinking if you during this time! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Brianna Ecklid

PS- This is the website for nanowrimo- www.nanowrimo.org


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The Upper Peninsula Region of Library Cooperation (UPRLC) is
a multi-type library organization serving libraries in Michigan’s
Upper and Northern Lower Peninsulas. The UPRLC sponsors an Annual
Meeting each fall. This year’s Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday
and Wednesday September 25 and 26, 2018 at Bay College in Escanaba,



The UPRLC is inviting select vendors to attend the UPRLC Annual
Meeting. Vendor exhibits will be open from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on
Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The Annual Meeting generally has an
attendance of 60 Library Board members and personnel from multi-type
libraries located in Michigan’s Upper and Northern Lower Peninsulas,
and it would be a good opportunity to you to tell them about your book
and make some connections with library staff.  I’ve attached an
information form for your review.  Please let me know if you have any

Shawn Andary, Director/ILS Admin
Superiorland Library Cooperative/UPRLC
1615 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855
v (906)226-4675 Ext. 4
f (906)228-5627

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Escanaba Public Library

Escanaba Public Library

The Escanaba Public Library invites the public to meet local published and self-published authors at the Local Author Fair, Thursday, August 9, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the library. The event will include an opportunity to meet and chat with local authors and browse an amazing selection of locally written books available for purchase and signing while enjoying complimentary refreshments. Featured authors will include, Bart Stupak, Tyler Tichelaar, John Gubbins, Corey LaBissoniere, Anne Miller, Kenneth Bloom, Mollie Larsen, Stacey Randall, Paula Lester, Paulette Noble, Rick Escamilla (R.E. Kelly), Kenn Grimes, Larry Buege, Ann Dallman, Jennifer Pease, Sydney Giovenco, Robert McEvilla, Gail Galotta, Michael Ryan, William George Nelson and John King.

No registration is required and the event is free. Complimentary refreshments will be served. The program is supported by the Friends of the Escanaba Public Library. For more details about the Local Author Fair call the Escanaba Public Library at 906-789-7323, visit the library’s web site at http://www.escanabalibrary.org or link to our Facebook/Twitter pages. The Escanaba Public Library is located at 400 Ludington Street in downtown Escanaba.

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CONTACT: Monique Ciofu, Adult Services, 906-789-7323

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The Escanaba Public Library invites published and self-published authors to participate in our Local Author Fair to be held on Thursday, August 9, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The event will provide local authors with an opportunity to promote, sell, and sign copies of their work. Download a copy of the author_fair_guidelines_application_2018 or stop in the library for a copy. Deadline for application is July 26

For more information, contact the library @ 906-789-7323


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logoU.P. Author Fair – Escanaba Public Library – Thursday, August 18th from 5:00-7:30 pm.

Fifteen authors from across Upper Michigan will be present to meet and chat with their readers and to sell and autograph their books. Complimentary refreshments will also be provided.

Authors attending will include:

  • Eleanor Benedict
  • Kenneth Bloom
  • Rick S. Escamilla
  • Deborah Frontiera
  • Don Gothe
  • Nancy Brighton Keaton
  • Corey LaBissioniere
  • Elizabeth Lynch and John Beck (coauthors)
  • Phil Lynch
  • Paulette Noble
  • James Nelson
  • Sue Robishaw
  • Steve Schmeck
  • Richard Smith
  • Tyler Tichelaar

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Still Sits the Schoolhouse By the Road: Memories of "Good Old Golden Rule Days" in a Rural Two-room Elementary School in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan From 1935 to 1942

Still Sits the Schoolhouse By the Road: Memories of “Good Old Golden Rule Days” in a Rural Two-room Elementary School in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan From 1935 to 1942

I thought some of you might have known our fellow author Frank Bartol, who passed away on November 21 and whose funeral was in Traunik, MI today. In the 1990s, he had a weekly column in the Mining Journal and later for the Escanaba Daily Press. He wrote the history of Traunik, “To This Place They Came: the Traunik Story in Pictures”, “Still Sits the Schoolhouse By the Road: Memories of Good Old Golden Rule Days From 1935 to 1942”, and “A Boy and His Chanticleer,” which Karin Neumann illustrated.

You can view his obituary at:


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Book World, Escanaba

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.

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