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Marquette, MI, November 5, 2015—Upper Michigan authors will be getting together to party—virtually—and they want you to join them.

On November 21st, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. over a dozen UP Authors from all ends of the peninsula will be hosting a virtual book party on Facebook. Everyone who loves the UP and loves to read is invited. The authors hope people will visit the Facebook page, join the party, and consider UP-authored books as holiday gifts.

Fun and creative contests will be held every hour of the party with the chance to win free books by favorite UP authors. There will also be fun facts and other information about UP books and authors as well as information on how to purchase their books. Over a dozen individual books will be given away to participants during the party as well as a grand prize book collection to one attendee that is valued at over $200.

You can join the party and drop in at any time by searching on Facebook for UP Virtual Book Party. Facebook friends of authors attending will automatically receive invites to the event, and they are welcome to invite all their own Facebook friends.

The event is being sponsored by the UP Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA), which since 1998 has worked to help local writers publish and market their books and bring greater awareness to UP Authors.

Gretchen Preston, Vice-President of UPPAA, and author of the popular Valley Cats children’s book series, said the idea to have a virtual book party just makes sense. “In the past, UPPAA has hosted several book fairs, but it takes effort for people to travel to wherever the event is held and the authors all have to travel too. A virtual party allows everyone to attend from home.”

Fellow organizer Carrie Pearson, author of A Warm Winter Tail, added, “We want to use the technology available to us to share our love of reading and the UP not only with people in our backyard but people all over the world who have a UP connection and want to read books from the area. A virtual book party gives us that opportunity.”

UP authors planning to party include Jan Kellis, Kim Allen Wright, Corey M. LaBissoniere, Gretchen Preston, Diana Oman, Jenifer Brady, Donna Winters, Carrie Pearson, Tyler Tichelaar, Laura Smyth, Larry Buege, and Robert Morrison. Their books range from children’s books to romances, historical fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction topics, including religion and history. Any other authors interested in participating will be welcome to join the event.

For more information, contact Gretchen Preston at prestonhillpress@gmail.com, call (906) 360-7608, or visit http://www.uppaa.org.

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UPPAA welcomes all UP area authors!

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U.P. Authors Encourage Holiday Book Giving and Donating through Many Events

Marquette, MI, November 25, 2014—With the holidays upon us, local authors are actively attending craft shows, holding book signings, and helping to get us all in the holiday spirit. Upper Michigan is home to nearly one hundred local authors as well as being the subject or setting of many other books. Thanks to efforts by libraries, bookstores, and organizations like the U.P. Publishers and Authors Association, more and more people are reading local books and supporting the creation of a U.P. literature.

This year many events are being held in Marquette County where authors will be in attendance to sign or talk about their books. For other author events in Upper Michigan, check with your local library and bookstores.

 The Holiday Outback Art and Craft Show (the winter version of the popular summer Outback at Picnic Rocks) will be held this year at the Marquette Armory at 1820 Lincoln Ave. on Friday, November 28 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, November 29 from 10-6 p.m. Sonny Longtine, author of several U.P. books, will be there selling his newest book Murder in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which explores true crimes that turned quiet U.P. communities into fear-ridden crime scenes.

 The TV6 Christmas Craft Show is probably the biggest holiday shopping event in Upper Michigan. This year many authors will be among those in attendance, including Diana Oman, author of the new ABC book for the kid in all of us, My Heart Smiles, which is also illustrated by Colleen O’Hara who will be there with her own book, The Butterfly Lady; Charlie Smith, author of the new novel, 1914, about World War I; Gretchen Preston, author of the Valley Cats children’s book series; Larry Buege, author of Cold Turkey, a series of Native American novels beginning with Chogan and the Gray Wolf, and many other titles; and Tyler R. Tichelaar, author of My Marquette, several U.P. novels, and a historical fantasy series about King Arthur. The TV6 Christmas Craft Show will be held this year on Friday, December 5 from 5-9 p.m., Saturday, December 6 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, December 7, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Superior Dome in Marquette.

 Snowbound Books at 118 N. Third Street in Marquette will be hosting its annual Local Authors Day on Saturday, December 13 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Authors in attendance will be Matthew Gavin Frank, author of Preparing the Ghost and Barolo; Loraine Koski, who will be signing her newly released book Elden’s True Army Tales about a local man who fought in World War II; David Lee Nelson, author of River of Iron; Carrie Pearson, author of the children’s books A Warm Winter Tail and A Cool Summer Tail, and Charlie Smith, author of the World War I novel, 1914.

Diana Oman and Colleen O’Hara will also be signing copies of My Heart Smiles at Younkers in the Westwood Mall on December 10 from 11 a.m.-2p.m, December 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 20 from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. and December 21 from 1-4 p.m.

In addition, many members of the U.P. Publishers and Authors Association are supporting The Gift of Reading Project, organized by the Marquette-Alger Reading Council. The public is asked to donate new books to be given to needy families and adults at Christmas time and throughout the year. New books are also distributed to youth service agencies, public health and dental centers, nursing homes, including the Veteran’s Center, the Women’s Center and Harbor House, Beacon House and other locations. Drop off locations include Peter White Public Library and Snowbound Books. The last day for donations is December 5. Contributions also can be sent to MARC at P.O. Box 1084, Marquette. For more information, call 226-7030.

This year, give the Gift of Reading to your loved ones and those in need by supporting local authors and making sure everyone has a book under the Christmas Tree. For more information about the U.P. Publishers and Authors Association and local author events, visit www.uppaa.org.

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Tyler R. Tichelaar has been busy helping to organize the 2nd Annual U.P. Authors Day, which will be held Saturday, October 4 from Noon to 6 p.m. at the Westwood Mall, Marquette Michigan. So far, over a dozen authors plan to attend to sign and share their books with the public. The Upper Peninsula Authors participating will be:

Nancy Barr

Larry Buege

Robert Cook

Julie Covert

Corey M. LaBissioniere

James M. Jackson

Mary T. Kremer

Sonny Longtine

Robert Martin

April MacDougall

G. Nykanen

Diana Oman

Gretchen Preston

Charles B. Smith

Richard P. Smith

Tyler R. Tichelaar

Dean Weiger

Allen Wright

westwoodThese authors write a wide range of books from U.P. history and children’s books to animal stories, humor, memoirs, and mysteries. If you can’t find at least one book at U.P. Authors Day to read and fall in love with, I don’t know where you will.

Please come out to support your local authors and celebrate with us the literature of Upper Michigan. After all, we live in a rich area full of interesting characters and places that deserve to be in books. I for one am grateful that we Yoopers now have a literature of our own.

Of course, there are wonderful authors writing books all over this world, and below are some of those authors offering a wide range of fascinating topics and information. Be sure to check them out.

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My Heart Smiles

My Heart Smiles

SAVE THE DATE!         WEDS, APRIL 30th         Everyone is welcome!      This evening is for kids of all ages!

You are invited to an appreciation celebration for “My Heart Smiles” awesome supporters and backers!  This is also the official Marquette book release of my inspiring uplifting ABC book for the kid in all of us!

When:  Wednesday, April 30th
Where:  Peter White Public Library, The Community Room, in Marquette, MI
Time:  7-9pm EST
Reading:  about 7:30pm-ish

Presentation and Reading of My Heart Smiles by author, Diana Oman!
Delicious Fun Desserts!
AWESOME BACKER Special Presentation!
Book Signing by author, Diana Oman, and illustrator, Colleen O’Hara!
Books, Laminated Placemats and Humongous Coloring Books will be available for purchase!

Save the date!   Holy Wah!   Come celebrate with us!   This is going to be so much fun!  Spread the word!  Let’s pack the house…eh?

My Heart is Smiling!
Diana

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Diana Oman

Two of our newest Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) members, Diana Oman and Colleen O’Hara are going to have a book preview party for their new book My Heart Smiles at the Joy Center in Ishpeming. Here’s Diana’s message:

SAVE THE DATE!!!! Thursday, JANUARY 9TH! at the JOY CENTER! 7pm-9pm!

My Heart Smiles “Pack the House” Preview! You are invited to join us (author, Diana Oman… I love the sound of that!! 🙂 ) and artist-illustrator extraordinaire, Colleen O’Hara, in an inspiring fun-filled presentation of our new Law of Attraction, positive, good feeling ABC book, “My Heart Smiles!” We are prepping a video for a “fun-raiser” on Kickstarter.com and would love your awesome support in “packing the house!” Snacks provided!

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