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Haunted Marqette by Tyler Tichelaar

Haunted Marqette by Tyler Tichelaar

Local Author Tyler Tichelaar Releases New Book about Haunted Marquette

Sep 5th, 2017—Local author Tyler Tichelaar will be giving his readers a treat this Halloween season. On Wednesday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Marquette Regional History Center he will be releasing his newest book, Haunted Marquette: Ghost Stories from the Queen City. The book contains more than forty stories of ghosts and paranormal activity within the city of Marquette.

“For years I’ve heard stories of various hauntings and collected them,” says Tichelaar. “I never thought I’d have enough for a book, but as I interviewed people, one story led to another. I’ve found sufficient evidence to make me believe several buildings in Marquette may be haunted or have experienced hauntings in the past.”

Haunted Marquette is divided into several sections on hauntings in Marquette’s churches and cemeteries, the downtown businesses, the lakeshore, various houses, and Northern Michigan University. Tichelaar researched each location to determine the likelihood of a haunting there and whether any historical evidence existed to make the haunting plausible. He also interviewed numerous people about their personal experiences with ghosts.

“I was afraid I would end up talking to a bunch of crazy people when I set out to write this book,” said Tichelaar, “but everyone I talked to was very sincere. Not one of them was seeking attention; most had not believed in ghosts before until they had a strange experience they could not explain logically.”

Numerous city landmarks are highlighted in the book as locations where ghosts have been sighted, including the former Holy Family Orphanage, Park Cemetery, the Marquette lighthouse, the Landmark Inn, the Peter White Public Library, and the Thomas Fine Arts building at NMU.

“Only a couple of the hauntings can really be described as frightening,” says Tichelaar. “Most of these stories are about unexplainable phenomena; a few are heart-wrenching when you realize the tragedies some of the alleged ghosts experienced while still human, which has caused them to linger on this earth.”

Tichelaar will release Haunted Marquette at the Marquette Regional History Center on Wednesday, October 11. A presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by a book signing. Partial proceeds from the book signing will be donated to the history center.

Tyler R. Tichelaar is a seventh generation Marquette resident. He is the author of The Marquette Trilogy, My Marquette, and numerous other books. In 2011, he received the Outstanding Writer Award in the Marquette County Arts Awards, and the Barb H. Kelly Historic Preservation Award. His novel Narrow Lives won the 2008 Reader Views Historical Fiction Award. In 2014, his play Willpower was produced by the Marquette Regional History Center at Kaufman Auditorium. You can learn more at Tichelaar’s website www.MarquetteFiction.com and at the MRHC’s website www.marquettehistory.org.

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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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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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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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Thursday August 13 through Sunday the 16th
Visit with UP Local Authors.
  • Karl Bohnak
  • Jerry Harju
  • Larry Buege
  • Gretchen Preston
  • Tyler Tichelaar
  • Bob Dobson
  • Books by Ben Mukkala
  • and a few othershttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pnyd41aPy1M

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Willpower, a play by Tyler Tichealaar

Willpower, a play by Tyler Tichealaar

Book and DVD of Popular Local Play Willpower Now Available

 Marquette, MI, June 19, 2015—When Will S. Adams was diagnosed with ossification, a mysterious disease that caused his tissues to harden until he became nearly a living statue, he refused to quit living life fully and was immensely productive. Now the original play Willpower, which translated his life story to the stage, is available as a book and a DVD.

In September 2014, Marquette’s Kaufman Auditorium was packed with people who came out to see the story of Will S. Adams translated to the stage, much as the Marquette Opera House was packed in 1906 with people who came to see his original operetta Miss D.Q. Pons. Born in 1878, Will was the adopted son of Marquette businessman Sidney Adams and his wife Harriet. He grew up in the sandstone mansion at 200 E. Ridge St., played baseball, and sang in the boys choir at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Then a strange disease began to stiffen Will’s legs and work its way up his body until he lost the use of his limbs, became bedridden, and eventually lost his eyesight before his early death at age thirty-one. Through it all, Will never lost his sense of humor, his energy, or his determination to make the most of every minute. In his short life, he ran his own newspaper, wrote poetry, drew cartoons, and composed the operetta Miss D.Q. Pons with Norma Ross, a local music teacher and his close friend, who also starred in the production. Will’s spirit of perseverance would attract countless admirers, including a Detroit Free Press reporter and the famous actress Lillian Russell.

In 2013, the Marquette Regional History Center hired local novelist Tyler Tichelaar to write a play and bring Will Adams’ story to the stage. The MRHC produced Willpower with the aid of a major grant from the Michigan Humanities Council and grants from the Marquette Community Foundation and Upper Peninsula Health Plan. The play was directed by Moire Embley, with Jeff Bruning as musical director. It starred many local actors and included period music. Filled with humor, romance, dreams, and faith, Willpower was received with standing ovations by audiences, and The Mining Journal’s reviewer said, “Will’s is an interesting and inspiring story to all and deserves to be told and retold.”

“Many people have expressed a desire to see the play again,” said Tichelaar, “and while I hope it will someday return to the stage, I wanted to release a book version to tell more of the history behind the play and allow Will’s story to continue to inspire us.” The newly released book includes the entire script of the play, photos from the original production, sheet music of songs from the performance, numerous historical photographs, extensive commentary on the history behind the play, and an essay by director Moire Embley.

The book version of Willpower is now available in local bookstores and gift shops and online through Tichelaar’s website at www.MarquetteFiction.com. A DVD of the original performance is also available at the Marquette Regional History Center’s gift shop.

About the Author

Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D., is a seventh generation Marquette resident devoted to capturing the past through his books. He is the author of the popular history book My Marquette and nine novels, including The Marquette Trilogy and The Children of Arthur series. In writing Willpower, Tichelaar grew to feel a special kinship with Will Adams, who shared his passion for literature, and with Norma Ross, who was friends with his great-grandmother.

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