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Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association, http://www.UPPAA.org

Local Author Extravaganza: Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI

Saturday, December 2.


  • Russ Magnaghi, author of Upper Peninsula of Michigan: A History
  • Cyndi Perkins, author of More Than You Think You Know
  • Tyler Tichelaar, author of Haunted Marquette

2-4 p.m.

  • Karl Bohnak & Jack Deo, authors of Sunburns to Snowstorms
  • G. Bradley, author of Winter Heart
  • Rich Hill, author of Lost in the Woods
  • Sonny Longtine, author of U.P. People

TV6 Christmas Craft Show, Superior Dome, Marquette, MI

December 8-10. Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat 10-6, Sun 11-4.

  • Tyler Tichelaar, author of Haunted Marquette
  • Gretchen Preston, author of The Valley Cats series
  • Larry Buege, author of Cold Turkey and Chogan and the Gray Wolf
  • Bart Stupak, author of For All Americans, Sat 1:30-4:30 only
  • Sonny Longtine, author of U.P. People

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upreader_tightThe deadline for submitting to this year’s inaugural edition of the U.P. Reader has come and gone and we received some incredible submissions from our writers. But, we would like to get a few more to round out what is shaping up to be an amazing first issue. So, we are extending the deadline for this edition of the U.P. Reader until December 21!

“I’m really excited about what we’ve received so far,” said Mikel Classen, project head for the U.P. Reader. “I really want to see more.”

This gives everyone just a little more time to take advantage of this opportunity to have their work showcased in the U.P. Reader. All fiction or Nonfiction along with poetry, up to 2500 words, will be considered. More information can be found at our new U.P. Reader Website: www.UPReader.org. or submission guidelines can be received by emailing editor@UPReader.org

The U.P. Reader project is managed and operated by the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA), a non-profit organization.

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Join the UPPAA today!


The Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) presents a new publication called the U.P. Reader. This will be an annual anthology that will feature the collected works of the best of the authors of the Upper Peninsula.

“The U.P. Reader is something I hope will put Upper Peninsula authors in touch with the readers to expand their exposure to a much greater and more effective level,” commented Committee Chair, Mikel B. Classen.

This collection will be published by the UPPAA and will showcase the multitude of talent within the membership of the organization. The U.P. Reader will average 45 – 50K words and will include all genres of writing including non-fiction and poetry. Artwork and photography pertaining to submissions are encouraged.

The U.P. Reader will be available to book sellers as well as authors for sale and promotion. This will allow the members an opportunity to participate in a project that will not only showcase their talents as writers but also to get the finished product in front of readers so they can discover the U.P. authors that interest them no matter what their reading preference.
Submissions will be juried by a panel and those chosen will appear in the U.P. Reader. Authors chosen to be published in the anthology will see their submission published along with an author’s bio to steer readers to more work by that author.

“This is a publication about discovery. Finding new favorites and maybe rediscovering some old ones too. I think it is underestimated how many really talented writers we have living right here in the U.P. and the Reader will be the place to find them.” said Mikel Classen.
Tyler Tichelaar, President of UPPAA, adds, “A collection of short stories, poetry, and essays will allow readers to enjoy a hodge-podge of U.P. literature from many different voices and will offer numerous visions and definitions of what it means to live here. The U.P. can be many different things to many different people and such a collection will help make that clear.”
Proceeds from the U.P. Reader will be used to support operating costs of the UPPAA and its many events to educate its members about writing and publishing and to get U.P. literature into the hands of potential readers.

For more information, including submission guidelines, contact Mikel B. Classen at mikel_classen@yahoo.com

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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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Growing Berries for Food and Fun

Growing Berries for Food and Fun

March 16, 2016 — Cooks, Michigan


New Book Shares Tips and Experiences for Growing Berries in the Backyard Garden

U.P. author, artist and gardener, Sue Robishaw, has just released her latest book “Growing Berries for Food and Fun – Notes from the Northwoods”, to help fellow northern gardeners successfully grow their own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and grapes. Picking fresh berries from your own home-grown plants is a treat no matter where you live, but in this cold short season climate of the Upper Peninsula there is an extra special satisfaction when you succeed. With almost forty years experience to draw on Robishaw’s book promises to help readers do just that.

Full of color photos this is both a journey and a visit to the northwoods homestead that Sue shares with her husband, Steve Schmeck (also a writer and artist), as well as a book full of practical information and encouragement. Along with important notes on preparing ground, choosing varieties, planting, caring, maintenance, and harvesting, the information on the protective cages they designed and built to keep the birds away from their ripening strawberries and blueberries will be of particular interest to those already growing their own fruit and sharing too much of it with the birds.

Robishaw has been writing about gardening and homesteading for 35 years. Known in the U.P. for her popular presentations, this book will be a welcome addition to her other books and articles. “Growing Berries for Food and Fun” is available as both a digital ebook and a full color paperback print book, giving readers a choice depending on what they prefer. Between them she and Steve have written and self-published eight books (their first book was the incentive to start UPPAA!). They share even more how-to information, tips, and interesting aspects of their solar, sustainable lifestyle on their extensive website at www.ManyTracks.com. Ordering information for this newest book can also be found on their website [click here].

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Superior Plates & Places

We are launching, Superior Plates and Places by the Yooper Goddess, Lori Kulju. The book takes you on culinary adventures across the Upper Peninsula visiting places like Johnny Dog Flanders, Nahma Inn, The Jampot and many more. I also share my personal stories about the place I live and love, the Upper Peninsula, along with my unique recipes.

You may recognize Lori, aka The Yooper Goddess from her television segment on TV6 Fox WLUC-TV6 or from her youtube channel. Her down-to-earth personality and zest for life have created many followers and fans. The special pre-order price is a limited time offer and can only be purchased at The Yooper Goddess site

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Deer Tales - 20th Anniversary Edition

Deer Tales – 20th Anniversary Edition

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of publication of a popular series of Michigan deer hunting books, Smith Publications in Marquette has printed a special collector’s edition of the first book in the series. Book 1 of Great Michigan Deer Tales continues to be the best selling title of the series, which now includes six books. Each of the 128-page volumes contains a different collection of true short stories about the biggest bucks bagged by hunters in the state.

The 20th anniversary edition of Book 1 is the fifth printing of the title. Approximately 15,000 copies of the book have been sold, but there are an estimated 750,000 deer hunters in Michigan, so there are still plenty of deer hunters who haven’t read the book.

The first book in the series was originally printed in 1994 to commemorate 100 years of licensed deer hunting in Michigan. The state’s first deer licenses were issued in 1895. Preserving the stories about how, where, when and by whom the state’s biggest bucks were bagged was considered a fitting way to honor the proud tradition of deer hunting in the state by the author.

Veteran outdoor writer Richard P. Smith of Marquette is the author of Great Michigan Deer Tales, and his wife, Lucy La Faive, is the publisher. When the pair published the first book, they had no idea how well it would be received. Since most deer hunters dream about shooting “the big one,” they knew the effort was worth a try.

It didn’t take long for the couple to realize printing the book was a good idea. The 5,000 copies they had printed sold out within the first few months. They printed another 5,000 copies the following year and those were also sold.

The introduction promised that if the book proved to be popular enough, a second book with more big buck stories would be printed, and it was. Since Michigan deer hunters bag a new batch of big bucks every year and create a new collection of great deer tales, it only made sense to add to what had been started. So a new book was added to the series every three or four years.

The stories are based on interviews Smith does with the hunters who bag the biggest bucks in the state every year. Only the best of the best make it into the books. Most of the stories in the books contain at least one important lesson that hunters can learn from reading them. Some of the stories are full of advice that hunters can benefit from.

Photos of live bucks with impressive antlers that were taken by Smith, who is also an accomplished wildlife photographer, grace the cover of each of the six books in the series. A banner across the top right hand corner of the cover of the books identifies the number in the series. When Book 1 was originally published, however, the author and publisher didn’t know there was going to be a Book 2, so there was no banner on the cover of that title.

A banner labeling Book 1 appropriately was added to the 20th anniversary edition. A gold label that says “20th Anniversary Edition” in the lower right hand corner also clearly identifies the collector’s edition of the book. The cover isn’t the only thing that was changed on the anniversary edition. The contents of the book were also updated and new photos were added to make it even better than it was.

Many hunters who have read the book say its contents help get them get pumped up for the coming season. Plenty of deer camps contain copies of one or more of Great Michigan Deer Tales. Some hunters even take the books with them to their blinds to help pass the time while they wait for their “big one” to arrive.

As it says on the back cover of Book 1, “If you are interested in bagging a book buck in Michigan, studying this collection of success stories will help make it happen. There’s no better way to learn than from those who have already accomplished the feat.”

Copies of Great Michigan Deer Tales can be ordered through any bookstore. They are also available in some sporting goods stores and gift shops across the state. Autographed copies can be ordered through the author’s website: www.richardpsmith.com. The mail order price for Book 1 from the author is $15.50 and a complete set of the six books is available for the special price of $72 postpaid. Special pricing is also available from the author for multiple books. For those who prefer not to order online, orders can be sent to 814 Clark St., Marquette, MI 49855.

Great Michigan Deer Tales: Book 1
by Richard P. Smith
Smith Publications
ISBN13# 978-0-9617407-5-7
ISBN10# 0-9617407-5-2
Retail Price: $11.95
Mail Order Price: $15.50 (includes tax & postage)
Special Pricing for sets of books


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