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MARQUETTE — The second-annual U.P. Author’s Day Book Fair was held at the Westwood Mall on Saturday October 4, 2014.

Nearly 20 authors who either live in the U.P. or write about the U.P. were in attendance to showcase their works. Shoppers had the chance to get out of the rain and walk from table to table in the mall to check out the author’s books and other projects. One author from Marquette, Richard P. Smith, has published 26 books and two documentaries nationally. His works are primarily about hunting and wildlife

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MARQUETTE — The second-annual U.P. Author’s Day Book Fair was held at the Westwood Mall on Saturday.

Nearly 20 authors who either live in the U.P. or write about the U.P. were in attendance to showcase their works. Shoppers had the chance to get out of the rain and walk from table to table in the mall to check out the author’s books and other projects. One author from Marquette, Richard P. Smith, has published 26 books and two documentaries nationally. His works are primarily about hunting and wildlife.

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Westwood Mall, Marquette Michigan

Westwood Mall, Marquette Michigan

Dear Fellow U.P. Author,

The U.P. Publishers and Authors Association, Gretchen Preston, and I would like to invite you to participate in the Second Annual U.P. Authors Day Book Fair.

Date and Time: Saturday, October 4, 2014 12 noon – 6 pm.

Where: Westwood Mall, Marquette, Michigan

Table Fee: $50

Join your colleagues to celebrate U.P. Authors Day at our book fair extravaganza! This event will be highly publicized and the Westwood Mall plans to use the table fees to advertise the event. We hope to have a large turnout of authors, last year we had twenty-three, and get a jumpstart on our holiday book sales.

Please note that you must commit to attending for six hours of the event. Registration deadline is September 19, but the sooner you register and we have a list of attendees, the sooner we can begin promoting the event and the more likely your name will be included in the promotional material.

Please let me know if you plan to attend. Attached is the form to fill out and mail along with your check to the Westwood Mall.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Also, feel free to pass on the information to any other local authors you know. Hope to see you there!

Tyler Tichelaar
President, Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association http://www.uppaa.org
tyler@marquettefiction.com or president@uppaa.org
http://www.MarquetteFiction.com

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UPPAA President Tyler Tichelaar writes:

I think we had a fairly successful day at the 2013 U.P. Authors Day in the Westwood Mall. The hot weather didn’t help but I heard various levels of success with book sales from everyone who attended. I think it was a great effort and worth trying again, and we made the front page of the Mining Journal today as well as at least one local librarian blog.

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UP AUTHORS_2013 POSTER 2-01First Annual U.P. Authors Day and Book Fair to Be Held

 For Immediate Release

Twenty-One Upper Michigan authors from all ends of the peninsula will gather on July 6, 2013 for the first annual U.P. Authors Day Book Fair at the Westwood Mall in Marquette.

Marquette, MI, July 1, 2013—Upper Michigan authors will gather to meet their current and future readers at the first annual U.P. Authors Day event and book fair at the Westwood Mall in Marquette on July 6, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

U.P. Authors Day is an event intended to raise awareness of the rich tradition of writing about Upper Michigan and introduce readers to local authors. The event is the brainchild of Lon Emerick, award-winning author of such favorites as “The Superior Peninsula” and “Paradise, North” and is being organized by members of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) in coordination with the Westwood Mall.

President of UPPAA, Tyler R. Tichelaar, author of The Marquette Trilogy, said that he believes the event is the largest single gathering of U.P. authors ever held. Gretchen Preston, author of the Valley Cats children’s book series and one of the organizers of the event stated, “I continue to be amazed by how many authors are writing about Upper Michigan and Upper Michigan subjects, as well as non-U.P. related subjects who live here. We will have everything from U.P. history books to romance novels, mysteries, children’s books, poetry, and a host of nonfiction titles.” Ellen Sargent, manager of the Westwood Mall, adds, “The Westwood Mall is excited to be hosting this event. We know both our local customers and area visitors will really enjoy getting to meet the authors. I think people might be surprised by the wide variety of works available!”

Besides selling and signing books, several authors will be holding drawings for a chance to win one of their books. Authors in attendance will be: Milly Balzarini, Karl Bohnak, Robert Cook, James Dunn, Debbie Frontiera, Sydney Gionevico, Jerry Harju, Sherri Kauppi, Kevin Kluck, Kathy Kuczek, Corey LaBissioniere, Mel Laurila, Joe Massie, Ida Nord, Gretchen Preston, Richard Smith, Mary Soper, Tyler Tichelaar, M.C. Tillson, Lloyd Westcoat, and Donna Winters.

Come out and meet the authors who write about the place where you live!

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Westwood Mall

Westwood Mall

First Annual U.P. Authors Day and Book Fair to Be Held

For Immediate Release

Upper Michigan authors from all ends of the peninsula will gather on July 6, 2013 for the first annual U.P. Authors Day Book Fair at the Westwood Mall. All authors who live in or write about the U.P. are welcome to attend.

Marquette, MI, May 6, 2013—Upper Michigan authors will gather to meet their current and future readers at the first annual U.P. Authors Day event and book fair at the Westwood Mall in Marquette on July 6, 2013.

U.P. Authors Day is an event intended to raise awareness of the rich tradition of writing about Upper Michigan and introduce readers to local authors. The event is the brainchild of Lon Emerick, award-winning author of such favorites as “The Superior Peninsula” and “Paradise, North” and is being organized by members of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) in coordination with the Westwood Mall.

President of UPPAA, Tyler R. Tichelaar, said that invitations have gone out to over one hundred authors of U.P. literature, many of whom live in other parts of the country, but all of whom hold the U.P. in their hearts. Gretchen Preston, author of the Valley Cats children’s book series who is helping to coordinate the event, stated, “When we began to compile a list of U.P. authors, we were amazed by how many there were. We have invited dozens of authors besides the more than sixty members of UPPAA, and they all write about a host of diverse topics.” Ellen Sargent, manager of the Westwood Mall, adds, “The Westwood Mall is excited to be hosting this event. We know both our local customers and area visitors will really enjoy getting to meet the authors. I think people might be surprised by the wide variety of works available!”

A short list of U.P. authors who are already planning to attend include Preston, Tichelaar, Ida Nord, Mel Laurila, Mara McKay, Jerry Harju, Kevin and Randy Kluck, Corey LaBissioniere, Deborah Frontiera, Donna Winters, and Sherry Kauppi.

This is an open call to all authors in Upper Michigan. The book fair is an all day event. Book sale hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 6th. Authors are asked to be in attendance the entire day. The registration fee for a table is $50. Extensive advertising for the event is planned. The deadline for registration is June 22nd, but authors who wish to attend are encouraged to sign up early so their names will be included in publicity efforts. Authors who want more information and a registration form, may contact Tyler Tichelaar at Tyler@MarquetteFiction.com or call 906-226-1543.

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