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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



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Gretchen Preston forwarded me the following information about an upcoming book fest in the Sault.

If you have questions, contact Beverly McBride.  Following is her email and the registration form has been pasted into the message below so you can copy and print it. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it to this event.

Tyler Tichelaar

Hello! We are thrilled to invite you to participate in the 1st Annual Eastern Upper Peninsula Book Fest, scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9am-3pm, sponsored by Creative Endeavors, the arts support group that meets at Bayliss Library in the Sault. We want to feature EUP published authors, illustrators, publishers. We will have a table space for each author, and also schedule reading times for those who wish to read selections from their work for the public. Cost of the booth is $10. That money will be used for signs, flyers, site maps and other surprises we might wrench from it. If you wish to share a table with another writer, please let us know. The other particulars are listed on the first page of the attached registration form. Please note if you want to reserve a box lunch, the procedure is outlined on the registration information, and will be revisited the day of the event.

This idea is a long time coming. We think it will be unique local pilot event, and the entire group is working hard to make this a good experience for all. We are looking at this event as a wonderful time to share and promote your work, and to meet people interested in books and local authors. Please review the attached registration, fill it out, copy and return to me, no later than September 7, first come first served, for both booths and reading slots. I will be taking the registrations via e-mail or you may leave a hard copy for me at Bayliss Library. If you feel the need to speak to a real person about all this, call me at 941 713-2616. If you see another author who should be at the event, please let them know, and encourage them to contact us.

bannerbaylissI hope to see you there! Thank you for considering participating!

Beverly McBride

PS. Feel free to join with us at any time at Creative Endeavors. Our next meeting is scheduled for Aug 12, 12 noon at Bayliss.

Registration Information

Creative Endeavors’ 1st Annual EUP Book Fest

9am-3pm September 20, 2014 Faith Lutheran Church Hall 1600 Park St., Sault

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Creative Endeavors’ First Annual EUP Book Fest!! Please complete the registration form below to ensure your space in the Book Fest.

1) Cost is $10 per entrant. Tables are assigned first come, first served basis. A table and 2 chairs is included. There will be no electrical connection available for your table. Set up of tables and chairs before and take down is included.

2) Please bring your own table cover. Feel free to decorate your table.

3) We will provide some uniform signage and bottled water for your convenience.

4) You may order a catered box lunch to be delivered to your booth at a cost of $8 per box. Sign up for the number of box lunches you need; may be increased first thing the day of the event, so check with the Creative Endeavors table.

5) Press releases, marketing, flyers and maps of the event will be being generated. Please send materials ahead of time to be included, no later than September 7. Please send into if you are reading.

6) You may sell your books or book related items at your table. No crafts please. Please bring your own change, bags, etc. Don’t forget your pen for signing!

7) We will have 11 slots for 15 minute readings. First Come, First Served, if you indicate below, you will be assigned a time slot. There will be minimal seating around a reading area. You will be introduced and may begin your reading and answer audience questions. There may be some entertainment scheduled between readings, so please keep to the 15 minutes allotted. Thank you.

8) Please do not leave or pack-up before 3pm. Plan to arrive before 9 to set up and to have your booth manned the entire Book Fest. Doors open for Fare goers at 9 AM.

9) There will be an information table (Creative Endeavors) who will assist if you or Fest goers have questions or needs during the Fest.

10) Please feel free to look around and get to know other published authors/artists participating in the Book Fest. Please look into joining Creative Endeavors writers/artists group.

Creative Endeavors’ 1st Annual EUP Book Fest

9-3 September 20 Faith Lutheran Church Hall 1600 Park St., Sault


Yes! I wish to participate in this first ever EUP Book Fest Event!


Mailing Address:


Phone # or Cell:

At your assigned table: I will be selling my book(s) ___yes ___no ___other______________________


I would like to sign up for a 15 minute author reading: ___yes ___no

I would like to request a box lunch(es) at $8 each:__yes__no___# of lunches___total due that day (cash)

I will be forwarding additional information for pre-Fest marketing ___yes ___no (Due before Sept 7)

For more information or questions, please contact Bmcbride11@gmail.com

Please send completed form to Bmcbride11@gmail.com

Thank you, See you at the Fest!!

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The second annual Superior Children’s Book Festival was held in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013. The events took place in the Walker J. Cisler Conference Center on the campus of Lake Superior State University, from 11am to 3pm.

Several authors from the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) were on hand exhibiting and signing their books for readers including

Milly reported,

“Gretchen and I had a nice day at The Soo. The people there were very hospitable. Free table, free lunch! I sold 5 books. Floyd was great. He’s such a beautiful dog. People helped Gretchen haul her material in and we had good travel weather. Gretchen was part of a panel.   It was a nice day.”

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Walker J. Cisler Conference Center

Walker J. Cisler Conference Center

The second annual Superior Children’s Book Festival will be held in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013. The events will take place in the Walker J. Cisler Conference Center on the campus of Lake Superior State University, from 11am to 3pm.

Several authors from the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) will be on hand exhibiting and signing their books for readers including

Throughout the day, The Lake Superior West room will have Activity and Author Tables and a “Rocking Chair Corner,” where parents and children can relax, read together, and even take home some free books.

In the Superior East room, various events will occur, such as a Picture Book Party, and presentations by Michigan authors Johnathan Rand and Nancy Shaw.

Adults and teens are also welcome to join us in the Alumni Room, where we will have a seminar on “How to Break Into Children’s Publishing,” an Open Mike for those who would like to share poetry, and an “Intro to Steampunk” presentation.

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U.P. Book Tour

U.P. Book Tour

Join Ron Riekki, editor of The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Worksand contributors from the collection for a summer book tour! From Brighton to Houghton and all points in between, catch Michigan poets and fiction writers reading along with Riekki at a variety of locations during July and August 2013.

Check out a map of the locations!

Visit Ron Riekki’s website for even more information!

Complete list of dates and locations here

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2012 Upper Peninsula History Conference

2012 Upper Peninsula History Conference

Upper Peninsula History Conference Marks 63rd Year June 22-24, 2012

SAULT STE. MARIE–The Historical Society of Michigan’s 63rd annual Upper Peninsula History Conference will be held June 22-24, 2012 in Sault Ste. Marie. The conference is hosted and sponsored by Lake Superior State University and the Chippewa County Historical Society.

Sessions 2, 3, and 10 are by UPPAA authors – Kathryn Eckert, Sonny Longtine, and Jan Huttenstine. Kathryn is the former Michigan Preservation Officer.  All three have been a source of ideas, inspiration, and historical evidence for UPPAA authors such as Tyler R. Tichelaar (My Marquette)

The three-day event will begin Friday morning with a pre-conference workshop discussing various aspects of collection development. Later in the afternoon, attendees can elect to attend one of two tours. While one will take visitors to both the Cloverland Hydroelectric Plant as well as Lake Superior State University, the second will take participants on a walking tour of the International Bridge Plaza. The evening will come to a close with an outdoor BBQ at the Cisler Center Courtyard, followed by a performance by Mike Fornes of Whispers of the North, a Gordon Lightfoot tribute band.

On Saturday, speakers will present lectures and sessions that consider various aspects of Sault Ste. Marie and Upper Peninsula history. Keynotes and sessions will cover topics such as:

  • Mackinac in the War of 1812
  • The Means and Methods of Crossing the St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie
  • The Sandstone Architecture of the Lake Superior Region
  • The Impact of Missionaries on Native Americans in the Upper Peninsula
  • The Gorto Site Discovery
  • Murders in the Upper Peninsula’s History
  • Kincheloe Air Force Base
  • The Unceded Status of Sugar Island
  • Shallow Shipwrecks Near Whitefish Point
  • The History of the Tahquamenon
  • Chase S. Osborn, Michigan’s Only Governor from the Upper Peninsula

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