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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:
http://www.bowermanfuneralhome.net/obituaries/Frank-Bartol-2/#!/Obituary

 

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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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On January 4th, 2012 Tyler R. Tichelaar and Victor R. Volkman spoke with regional mystery maven Nancy Barr.  Nancy served as news editor at the Daily Mining Gazette in Houghton for three years and now works at Michigan Technological University, where she recently earned a master’s degree in Rhetoric and Technical Communication.  Her novels include Page One: Hit and Run(July 2006), “Page One: Vanished” (May 2007), and “Page One: Whiteout” (November 2009), all from Arbutus Press. She spoke with us on all the particulars of regional mystery writing including:

  • Challenges of writing about real locations in rural areas
  • Character development — deciding who deserves a repeat appearance and who is a one-book wonder
  • Plotting versus characterization.  Each book has been different for me.
  • Other mysteries worth reading that feature the rural upper Midwest.
  • The pros and cons of small, regional publishing houses.
  • Marketing

Nancy Barr

Nancy Barr

A transplant to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at the age of 9, Nancy Barr grew up in the tiny town of Rapid River nestled at the top of Little Bay de Noc. She earned an associate’s degree with honors from Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, Mich., and graduated cum laude from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., with a bachelor’s degree. Her love of reading and writing led her to a career in newspaper journalism where she spent several years covering police, courts, schools and local governments for the Daily Press in Escanaba.  An animal aficionado, she lives on the Keweenaw Peninsula with two demanding, but lovable, cats. When not writing, Nancy enjoys hiking and photographing the natural beauty that abounds in the Upper Peninsula.

Page One: Hit and Run

Page One: Hit and Run

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