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Pirates and treasure, the timeless theme in adventurous fiction, takes center stage in Mikel B. Classen’s second edition of Lake Superior Tales: Stories of Humor and Adventure in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Published by the Modern History Press (November 2018), the book includes ten stories that span the 19th century through present day, each tale packed with action, adventure, humor, and suspense. Written for the general adult audience, these stories have something of interest to offer every reader. For those who know or have a fondness for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, this is perhaps the perfect winter read of all.

Mikel B. Classen is a veteran writer and editor with three decades of experience in journalism, writing, and photography. But more than anything else, it’s the author’s own living experience in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that enriches his word with regional flavor. In his words:

“Many places have maritime history, logging history and mining history, but the Upper Peninsula has them all, thrown together in a cultural clash that makes the region unique.”

Classen contends that as a writer it is impossible to not be inspired by a place not only steeped in beauty, but its rich history is evident throughout the peninsula.

By its content, the second edition of Lake Superior Tales is mostly adventure and part humor. The latter, at times, draws from characters based on real residents of the region. And it has its quirky side, like the main character in the story “Bullets Shine Silver in the Moonlight” that remains unnamed throughout the story.

Of the adventurous stories, the author tells that these tales are the results of ideas that periodically popped into his head. Yet, in one way or the other, the regional history reflected in their development. For instance, he tells about the history of gold mining in the Upper Peninsula and how it influenced the narrative of story “The Wreck of the Marie Jenny.”

“I had finished writing Bullets Shine Silver in the Moonlight and I started wondering where the gold in that story came from and what the story of the shipwreck was. The only places in the U.P. where gold was actually found was north of Ishpeming and Marquette. There were two mines north of Marquette and the Ropes north of Ishpeming. If any gold was going to sail out on Lake Superior it would have come from Marquette and the Iron Bay. The real mover and shaker of those days in Marquette was Peter White, one of Marquette’s founding fathers, hence his appearance in the story.”

Classen’s ingenious weaving of history and legend creates a tapestry of folklore as varied as the peninsula itself.

To learn more about Mikel B. Classen and to see more of his work, go to his website at www.mikelclassen.com.

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Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

September 30, 2016
For  Immediate Release:

Margaret Boyle
Programming Coordinator
Peter White Public Library
217 N. Front St.
Marquette, MI  49855
906.226.4318
mboyle@uproc.lib.mi.us

U.P. Author Day Event  at PWPL

Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10:30 am-3:30 pm
Peter White Public Library, lower level
217 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855
Call 906-226-4318 for more information.

 Readers and writers are invited to celebrate the independent spirit of writers who live in, work in or write about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at U.P. Author Day on Saturday, October 8 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm on the Peter White Public Library’s lower level in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center.

Meet over 25 local authors and get some early holiday shopping done at the all-day book fair. Enjoy six different interactive breakout sessions to learn from writers of the same genre in discussions about their work and their inspirations. Genre panel topics include U.P. History, Children’s Literature, Poetry, Fiction Writing, Biographies and Mysteries.

Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

 Authors attending the U.P. Author Day event include Karl Bohnack, Larry Buege, Michael Carrier, Mikel Classen, Vicki Fee, Kathleen Heidemann, Austin Hummell, Sharon Kennedy, Allan Koski, R. Bruce Larson, Sonny Longtine, Rosalyn McGrath, Paulette Noble, Rick Noble (pen name: R. E. Kelly), Maggie Pill (pen name: Peg Herring), Gretchen Preston, Bert Reisterer, Mike Ryan, Christine Saari, John Smolens, Russ Thorburn, Tyler Tichelaar, Jackie Winkowski and D. G. Woodworth.

 At 2:00pm, a live webcast panel presentation by veterans of the literary community will be screened. Hosted by Indie Author Day, viewers will be able to hear from nationally known writers, agents and other industry leaders including: Jon Fine of Amazon, Kiera Parrott of Library Journal, Robin Cutler of IngramSpark, Jim Blanton of Louisville Free Library, American Library Association’s Black Caucus and award winning author, L. Penelope.

 Visitors to the U.P. Author Day event will be eligible to enter drawings for several great door prizes and enjoy light refreshments throughout the day.  Local sponsors include the Upper Peninsula Authors and Publishers Association, Marquette Arts and Culture Center, Indieauthorday.com and Peter White Public Library.

There is no admission charge to attend the event. For more information call Peter White Public Library at 906-226-4318, visit www.pwpl.info or check out U.P. Author Day though the library’s Facebook page.

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