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More Than You Think You Know

More Than You Think You Know

More Than You Think You Know, a women’s road (river) trip novel by Cyndi Perkins, has been released by Beating Windward Press. The story of ships and friendships, set in fall 2006, follows Hailey, Robin and Trish, three women piloting the 44-foot luxury trawler Blackout through the Heartland Rivers from Chicago to the Gulf of Mexico.

With her children grown and gone, Hailey can no longer stomach living with her abusive husband. In the midst of both a boating trip and menopausal angst, she steals a sailboat and ventures solo across Lake Michigan. In a Chicago harbor, she meets Robin, the chain-smoking divorcee, Captain of Blackout. When the Coast Guard broadcasts a radio alert for the stolen sailboat, Robin insists Hailey seek asylum and travel downriver with her. In Joliet, they take on Trish, a Las Vegas gold-digger who deserts her Sugar Daddy’s yacht to join the crew and get out of Illinois.

The women navigate the 1,300-mile-long series of rivers and locks through the Heartland Rivers from Chicago to the Gulf of Mexico, keeping weary eyes out for barges and Hailey’s husband. With no sense of destination beyond Mobile Bay, they are on not one journey, but two: America’s Great Loop and the search for their own place to be safe, to be happy, to be themselves.

A Houghton-based writer and editor, Perkins first refined and delivered her successful query for her debut novel at the 2015 Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors (UPPAA) conference in Marquette, in a session on elevator pitches.

“I’m really grateful for all the support and sound advice I continue to receive from my fellow authors,” Perkins says. “They’ve been with me through the editing, query, and revision process, and are now helping me figure the ins-and-outs of marketing and selling the book.” This summer, Perkins teamed up with fellow UPPAA members Corey M. LaBissoniere and Deborah K. Frontiera, along Keweenaw author Kristin Neva, to bring shoppers at Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor art shows a selection of books that spans genres. “It was a great way to showcase regional authors, and we plan to do the same at the 2017 Keweenaw Art Affair on November 11 in Houghton,” says Perkins. “They’ve all got at least two books out—Debbie many more than that. I’ve got some catching up to do!”

Perkins will present her first book talk at Michigan Tech’s Van Pelt and Opie Library from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, October 19.

The award-winning journalist writes and edits for Michigan Technological University digital and print publications. For 10 years, she worked at the Houghton, Michigan Daily Mining Gazette as a reporter and editor, and wrote the popular “Line of Sight” column. Her nautical writing credits include Cruising World, Latitudes & Attitudes, Good Old Boat, PassageMaker, Southwinds, and Northern Breezes magazines.

Reach her at cyndiperkins.com and connect on social media @cyndiperkins.

Contact Matt Peters to obtain high-resolution cover/author images, or for more information. MattP@BeatingWindward.com


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27th Annual Parade of Nations

27th Annual Parade of Nations

On Sep. 12, 2016, at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton MI, three UPPAA authors will take part in a panel
discussion on writing about different ethnic groups. Deborah K. Frontiera, Cyndi Perkins and Larry Buege (and hopefully Larry Lankton)
will discuss with the public how they researched and wrote about various ethnic groups in the Copper Country. They are hoping for audience
participation and questions. The panel discussion will last about an hour.

Afterward, the authors’ books will be available for sale.

The Parade of Nations is sponsored by Michigan Tech U. and Finlandia U. as a way of introducing foreign students and their cultures
to the people of the Copper Country and celebrating diversity. The theme of this years festival is “Passport to the World.” There will
be several events throughout the week culminating with a parade and food, crafts and entertainment at Dee Stadium on Saturday, Sep. 17 from 12-4 p.m

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27th Annual Parade of Nations

27th Annual Parade of Nations

Bob Wenc writes

I’m looking to find find UP authors who write about the area’s ethnic heritage to be part of a panel discussion during the week prior to the Parade of Nations Sept. 17 date.  This would fit into the “Passport to the World” theme of the 27th Annual Parade of Nations and they could talk about how they became interested in writing about their subject matter.  Writers of all genres (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, etc.) are invited to participate.

Writers of any background who have ethnic / cultural expertise on populations who currently live (or did live) in the Upper Peninsula (regardless of whether they were in the local the Keweenaw Bay area) are encouraged to contact Bob Wenc ( rjwenc@mtu.edu ) as soon as possible.

Robert Wenc is the Program Representative for INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES at Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI).

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Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) invites you to the second annual celebration of our Michigan Authors Collections

WHERE:  770 N. Main St., L’Anse, Michigan 49946
WHEN:   Tuesday, June 14th, 4:30 to 7:30pm


  • Chad Faries (The Border Will be Soon)
  • Janeen Pergrin Rastell (Objects May Appear Closer and In the Yellowed House)
  • Russell Thorburn (Father, Tell me I have Not Aged)
  • Sally Brunk.


  • Memory and nonfiction with Chad
  •  variety of poetry workshops lead by Janeen and Sally. 


  • MI authors reading,
  • Food and Mingle,
  • Creative Writing Workshops

More info: koenig.jesse@gmail.com

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Writers of the Northern Persuasion – U.P. Author and Publisher Forum

Saturday, April 9th
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Finnish American Heritage Center
435 Quincy Street, Hancock

  • Featuring over 20 regional authors and publishers offering book sales and publishing information.
  • Fiction, non-fiction, regional, poetry, book design, photography, children’s and more!
  • Presentations on writing and self-publishing from 10:15 to 12:30.
  • Author readings from 12:30 to 3:00.
  • Refreshments!

Open Mic night at K.C. Bonkers Toy Store and Coffee

Saturday, April 9th
119 Quincy Street, Hancock
6:00-8:00 p.m.

“Writers of the Northern Persuasion” is made possible partially through funding from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Council for the Humanities”

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Finlandia University

Finlandia University

Calling all U.P. authors and publishers

Finlandia University is seeking authors and publishers from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to attend the Writers of the Northern Persuasion all-author forum for a free bookselling opportunity.

The event will take place Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock.

Authors and publishers will not be charged a table fee. The registration deadline is April 1 or when registration is full. Finlandia will provide (8’) tables and a complimentary light lunch for registered exhibitors.

Click Here to Register as an ExhibitorThis event is part of Finlandia University’s annual Campus Read. This year’s program is done in collaboration with the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association and is titled Writers of the Northern Persuasion. It is partially funded through a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This bookselling and publishing services opportunity will be publicized and promoted to the general public as well as Finlandia University students. Please contact Terri Martin (terri.martin@finlandia.edu, 906-487-7512) with any questions on this event, lodging information or directions.

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Finlandia University

Attention All U.P. Authors,

As you may recall, Finlandia University is doing a spring multi-faceted event called “Writers of the Northern Persuasion,” which includes several featured author presentations and an all-author forum. (Full schedule of events coming soon!)

In addition, the Maki Library, which is Finlandia’s university library, will be doing an extensive display of regional authors’ books to enhance the theme. While our library has many local author works already, it would be great to have an even larger display, which will be available to our students and the general public. We will promote this and encourage people to check out books and become more familiar with the many talented authors of the region.

We are asking authors to consider donating one or two books (different titles) to the Maki Library in support of this companion event. This would very beneficial if you plan to attend the all-author event on April 9th, as students and the general public will be invited to this as well.

Any genre is cheerfully appreciated! If you would like to find out if we have any of your books already in our library, you can either check out the library website  (webvoyage) or contact Assistant Librarian, Erica Rouser erica.rouser@finlandia.edu 906-487-7502

If you would like to make a donation, please either drop off or mail your donation to:

Maki Library—Attn: Erica Rouser
Finlandia University
601 Quincy Street
Hancock, MI 49930

Please enclose a note: “Writers of the Northern Persuasion donation.” Also, if you would like a letter of acknowledgment or receipt, please let us know. We would appreciate having your donation(s) by January 15th, though we will obviously accept donations at any time.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Erica at contact info above or Terri Martin (906) 487-7512 terri.martin@finlandia.edu

Authors do not need to be members of the UPPAA to participate in this—so please spread the word.

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