Marquette’s Centennial Year 4th of July – 1949

Posted July 4, 2015 by tylerrtichelaar
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In honor of Independence Day, here is the passage from the end of my novel The Queen City: The Marquette Trilogy, Book Two, depicting the 100th anniversary of Marquette and Fourth of July Fireworks. Happy 4th to all!

The Queen City: The Marquette Trilogy, Book 2 covers Marquette's history from 1902 until the 1949 centennial celebrations.

The Queen City: The Marquette Trilogy, Book 2 covers Marquette’s history from 1902 until the 1949 centennial celebrations.

In small towns, people depend on each other. In Upper Michigan, through long, harsh winters and economic woes, people form bonds even without blood ties. On this day of civic pride, an entire city became one family, a city filled with people descended from a handful of brave pioneers who came to Iron Bay a century before to build a community which still prospered. Even Jimmy Whitman, who today would rather be in California, and as an adult would live miles from Marquette, would in later years look back on this day with fondness.

The picnic broke up all too soon as everyone looked at their watches and realized it would soon be time for the fireworks. People went their separate ways. Bill wanted to be alone with Sally. Thelma was tired so Jessie brought her home. Harry Jr. had promised to take his children over to a friend’s house. Some decided to go home rather than attend the fireworks, but Sylvia insisted on seeing the finale of the city’s celebrations, and Eleanor, finding her daughters’ enthusiasm matched that of her aunt, agreed to take them all. Margaret told Roy he had no choice but to drive her to Memorial Field for the fireworks. “It won’t hurt you to take me and then stay at your mother’s house another night before going back to that old cabin of yours,” she insisted. Roy knew better than to argue. Henry and Beth talked Michael into piling into their car with the children. Then they followed Roy’s vehicle while Eleanor and company brought up the rear. Once the three automobiles reached Memorial Field, the Whitman clan found thousands of people crowded together, eagerly awaiting the finale to the centennial celebrations.

The Boy Scouts of Racine, Wisconsin entertained the crowd with their drum and bugle corps. Then a Vaudeville show made the crowd laugh and join in singing.

Gazing at the crowd, Sylvia felt overwhelmed. “I never saw so many people in my life. Everyone in Marquette must be here.”

“Yes, this city sure has grown,” said Margaret, remembering as a girl how she had thought Marquette much too small. Now amid a sea of jubilant faces, she scarcely recognized anyone. Proudly, she said to Sylvia, “Unlike us, most of these people don’t have their names in The Mining Journal as Marquette residents for over fifty years.”

“No, I guess not,” said Sylvia. “I’ve lived here my whole life, that’s seventy-seven years. I was born in Marquette’s twenty-third year, so I feel as if I belong more to the little village of a hundred years ago than to this big modern city.”

As they found a place to set up chairs and lay a blanket for the children to sit on, Margaret asked her sister-in-law, “Do you remember the day they unveiled the statue of Father Marquette? There was a big crowd that day, but nothing like this.”

“Yes,” said Sylvia, “I remember that, and I remember when the streetcars were put in; we were all so excited to have them, and now they’ve been ripped out for I don’t know how many years. I can even remember when we first got electricity.”

“I can remember the days before electricity,” said Margaret. “I’m sure glad those days are over.”

“Life was harder then,” said Sylvia. “But back then, since we had no idea there would one day be electricity, and automobiles, and movie theatres, we didn’t miss them. I don’t think people are as polite and courteous as before the wars either. I do miss that.”

“People don’t have the class they had back then,” Margaret agreed. “All these young girls running around with skirts above their knees.”

Eleanor and Beth chuckled, knowing this comment was pointed toward Bill’s girl Sally, who had come to the picnic with her knobby knees on full display.

“And this modern architecture,” sighed Sylvia. “Houses look like boxes now, and each one is painted a dull white. Houses had more color when I was a girl. I remember my grandparents’ house on Ridge Street—my grandparents moved away when I was only four, so maybe my memories aren’t exact, but my parents often told me what a beautiful house it was. Inside there was ornate woodwork and elaborate colored wallpaper and stenciling on the walls and borders along the ceiling. It was so beautiful you never wanted to leave it. Now we have these puffy sofas and metallic kitchen tables with pop-up leafs and—”

Sylvia could not finish her sentence but just shook her head.

“Which grandparents’ house are you talking about?” asked Henry. “Your Grandpa and Grandma Whitman?”

“No, they had a boarding house when I was a girl,” said Sylvia. “Not that their house wasn’t nice, but the house I’m talking about was my Grandpa and Grandma Henning’s house. They built one of the first and finest homes on Ridge Street, but they only lived there a few years before they moved away. I wonder what happened to all their money. I never saw any of it. I bet Grandma Henning left it all to Aunt Edna.”

“You mean that big sandstone house, don’t you?” said Margaret. “I remember Will pointed it out to me one time.”

“Is the house still there?” asked Henry, his carpenter instincts awakening.

“Oh, yes.” Sylvia described it until Henry suspected it was the same as Robert O’Neill’s house, where he had fixed the porches during the war.

“Aunt Sylvia, why did your grandparents move away?” Lucy asked.

“Well, their daughter, my Aunt Madeleine, drowned in the lake. I can’t really remember how; I was just a little girl then, but my grandparents were so upset they sold their house and moved back East. I never saw them again except once when my grandpa came to visit just after I was married. I don’t remember much about him either. I wish now I knew more, but my mother died when I was just a girl and my father died when I was in my twenties, so I guess I was too young to think about asking them many questions then.”

“I know what you mean,” said Margaret. “My grandfather always said the Dalrymples were related to the royal family of Scotland, but I was too lazy to ask exactly how and write it down. Just think, I might’ve been a Scottish princess.”

“I do remember,” said Sylvia, ignoring Margaret’s pretentious claim to the Scottish throne, “that my father said my mother’s family came to Marquette the year the city was founded.”

“You know,” said Michael, “my Grandma Bergmann used to tell me she came to Marquette during its first year. How odd. I bet our families have known each other a long time.”

“They have,” said Sylvia, taking his hand. “I remember being at your parents’ wedding when St. Peter’s Cathedral was just being built. I must have been about twelve then.”

“Someone,” said Roy, “should write all this down. Marquette is the finest city ever, and since our family is part of its history, neither should be forgotten.”

Everyone nodded in agreement, but writing Marquette’s history seemed too daunting a task for any of them. Not one felt confident with pen and paper.

“Hello, Roy,” said a young man passing by. “How are you?”

“Hi, Fred. Everyone, this here is Fred Rydholm,” Roy introduced. “He works with me up at the Club. He drove the Club’s car in the parade today.”

Everyone greeted Fred. Introductions were made and remarks exchanged about how impressive the parade had been. Then Fred said goodbye and walked away. One day, Fred Rydholm would pen two mammoth volumes detailing the history of the iron ore industry, the founding of Marquette and the Huron Mountain Club, and the Upper Peninsula’s important role in American history.

“How long before the fireworks start?” asked Ellen.

“Can’t we go home?” Jimmy complained. “It’s cold out here, and fireworks are boring anyway.”

“Don’t be a creampuff,” his grandmother teased. “The fireworks will be marvelous. This has been the best Fourth in the North.”

At that moment, the first loud cracking thunder broke. Memorial Field was packed with thousands of city residents and visitors who lifted their eyes to the glorious explosions in the night sky. Pink blazing sparks spread in every direction. Then a burst of blue, an explosion of green, a shot of white, a spray of orange, then yellow, then blue again, and red, and green, and blue, and orange, and yellow, and pink, and white. Burst after burst, straight firing white lines, kaleidoscopic green, pink, purple, all at once. One separate firework to mark each year of Marquette’s history. Up into the sky they shot in shimmering streaks like a hundred candles blazing on a bombastic birthday cake. Ellen covered her ears; the fireworks were so delightfully loud.

Henry leaned over to kiss his wife’s cheek.

“Ouch, that tickles,” Beth giggled. “When will you shave off that silly beard?”

“First thing tomorrow morning,” he promised, “but you have to admit it looks pretty good for having been grown so quickly.”

“Shh, Daddy, you’re missing the fireworks,” Ellen scolded.

Henry and Beth both chuckled, glad to see their daughter happy. They were happy themselves. They were back where they belonged, in their hometown for its centennial, which they would not have missed for anything. Henry thought back on all of Marquette’s remarkable history, the raising of the courthouse, the library, the banks, the houses, the bravery of its people, the struggles through fires and blizzards, economic woes and wars. He thought of the ore docks, those formidable giants of the iron industry, stretching out into the world’s greatest lake as emissaries to distant lands. For a hundred years, from Iron Bay, the Upper Peninsula’s riches had been shipped out to bolster a nation, yet Marquette had scarcely received mention in a history book. Many people could not even pronounce its name, much less find it on a map. But its Northern sons and daughters knew the great privilege they shared in living here. They knew Nature had blessed them by giving them this land of pristine beauty, mighty forests, fresh air, and remarkable weather. Henry and Beth were grateful to have been born here, and thankful they had been wise enough to return. Thousands that night felt in their hearts what Henry spoke as he turned to Beth.

“We truly do live in THE QUEEN CITY OF THE NORTH.”


Tyler R. Tichelaar, seventh generation Marquette native, is the author of The Marquette Trilogy, My Marquette, and numerous other books about Marquette and its past. For more information, visit his website

Book and DVD of Popular Local Play Willpower Now Available

Posted June 19, 2015 by tylerrtichelaar
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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.

The new book version of the play Willpower includes the full text of the play, sheet music, historical photos, and essays by the playwright and director.

The new book version of the play Willpower includes the full text of the play, sheet music, historical photos, and essays by the playwright and director.

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 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.


My Newest Book, “Melusine’s Gift: The Children of Arthur, Book Two,” Is On Sale

Posted March 20, 2015 by tylerrtichelaar
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For Immediate Release

Merlin Reveals Mermaid Melusine’s Secret in New King Arthur Series

Marquette, MI, January 13, 2015—What made medieval royalty want to claim descent from a shape-shifting fairy? Whether a mermaid or a flying serpent, Melusine of Lusignan was seen as a desirable ancestor by many noble and royal houses of Europe, and she was both reviled and celebrated by medieval audiences. Now she tells her own story in award-winning author Tyler R. Tichelaar’s new historical fantasy novel Melusine’s Gift: The Children of Arthur, Book Two.

Melusine's Gift What would you do if you found out your wife was a mermaid?

Melusine’s Gift
What would you do if you found out your wife was a mermaid?

According to legend, Raimond, Count of Lusignan, met the beautiful Melusine at a forest fountain. They fell in love and she agreed to marry him if he promised never to disturb her when she locked herself away every Saturday. Raimond agreed, but fearing his wife was committing adultery, he eventually spied on her and discovered she was a mermaid. Later, when tragedy struck their children, he lashed out at his wife, calling her a serpent. Heartbroken, Melusine sprung wings and flew out the castle window, her serpent tail trailing behind her.

Tichelaar has always been intrigued by Melusine and believes the explanations behind her mystery lie in her being raised in Avalon, home to Morgan le Fay and King Arthur’s final resting place. “I suspect she learned magic in Avalon and simply enjoyed shape-shifting, something humans couldn’t understand,” says Tichelaar. “As for the connections to royalty, the whole premise of my Children of Arthur series is that King Arthur’s descendants live among us today. I believe Melusine played a key role in that lineage.”

In Tichelaar’s first novel in the series, Arthur’s Legacy, twentieth century Adam Delaney, an American-born young man, meets the wizard Merlin, who reveals to Adam that he is a descendant of King Arthur and his family will aid in fulfilling the prophecy of King Arthur’s return. Now in this sequel, Adam and his English wife are on their honeymoon in France where they discover their family’s connection to Melusine. This knowledge will aid them in the future when they must fight forces determined to stop Arthur’s return.

The Children of Arthur series has won praise from readers and Arthurian experts. Jenifer Brady, author of the Abby’s Camp Days series, says, “Readers unfamiliar with Melusine’s place in history will be drawn into her world, while the captivating web of multi-layered stories within stories combine and complement to obliterate the preconceived notions of those who consider themselves experts on her legend.” And John Matthews, author of King Arthur: Dark Age Warrior and Mythic Hero, states, “Works of this kind are hugely important because they keep the legends alive and bring them into the 21st century. Strongly recommended for all who love the old and the new in mythic fiction.”

Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D., is the author of numerous historical fiction novels, including The Best Place and the award-winning Narrow Lives as well as the scholarly books The Gothic Wanderer and King Arthur’s Children.

Melusine’s Gift: The Children of Arthur, Book Two (ISBN 9780979179099, Marquette Fiction, 2015) can be purchased in paperback and ebook editions through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Review copies available upon request.


Marquette’s Historic Copper House Up for Sale

Posted January 27, 2015 by tylerrtichelaar
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The Sherwood or “Copper House” at 411 E. Arch Street has just gone up for sale so I thought I’d post the description of it as appears in my book My Marquette:

The historic Copper House is now up for sale.

The historic Copper House is now up for sale.

Built in 1905, this home has been known as the “copper house” because it is copper-plated. It was built for James Russell with profits from the Calumet-Hecla Copper mine. At the time, Mr. Russell was the warden of the Marquette Branch State Prison. The house next belonged to Myron Sherwood, attorney to John M. Longyear. The third owners were the Sloan family, and the fourth owners are Dr. and Mrs. Craig Stien.

The home is currently listed with Remax in Marquette for $749,900 and from the interior pictures I’ve seen, I suspect it’s worth every penny:

Book World Hosts Opportunity to Meet Local Authors

Posted December 11, 2014 by tylerrtichelaar
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On Saturday, December 20, from 1-4 p.m., four local authors will be signing books and greeting the public at Book World in Downtown Marquette. All four authors live in the Marquette-Harvey area, but write about a wide variety of topics.

Author Larry Buege

Author Larry Buege

If you’ve seen the guy in the amorous spotted slug costume promoting the cause for state slug in Downtown Marquette, then you’ve seen Larry Buege. Now you have the opportunity to talk to him about his campaign and get personalized copies of his book Cold Turkey, a futuristic U.P. novel about U.P. statehood and a strange prophecy initiated by the said slug. In addition, Larry will be signing copies of his popular young adult Native American fiction series beginning with Chogan and the Gray Wolf and his many other novels. Check out his website

Sonny Longtine, a retired teacher, has spent his retirement researching and writing about the history of the U.P. His first book, Marquette, Then & Now, appeared in time for Marquette’s Sesquicentennial in 1999. He followed it with Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Life Legends and Landmarks and Courage Burning. Since then, he has found himself wading in blood—figuratively. His latest book, Murder in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, tells the true stories of several U.P. murders, spanning from the 1800s to the present century.

Author Sonny Longtine

Author Sonny Longtine

Gretchen Preston was raised in Portland, Oregon, and worked as a medical social worker, but when she met her future husband, he asked her to marry him and come live in the U.P. at the end of the road and write books. Fortunately for Upper Michigan’s children, Gretchen said, “Yes.” She began telling stories to a neighbor girl she babysat, and those stories then became Valley Cats: The Adventures of Boonie and River, about two cats who are adventurers in the U.P. The book has been followed by two sequels, all beautifully illustrated by Karin Neumann. Gretchen’s purpose is to teach children about U.P. history, geography, and nature, while also entertaining them. Visit Gretchen at

UP Authors Gretchen Preston and Tyler Tichelaar

UP Authors Gretchen Preston and Tyler Tichelaar

Tyler R. Tichelaar is a seventh-generation Marquette resident. Although he earned a Ph.D. at WMU and taught for several years, his true love was always fiction and the U.P. so he returned home to write about his roots. The result has been his popular The Marquette Trilogy, My Marquette, the recent play Willpower, the novel The Best Place, about two women who grew up in the Marquette orphanage, and The Children of Arthur historical fantasy series about King Arthur and his descendants—yes, he thinks he’s one of those descendants. Visit Tyler at and

Lee Laforge, manager of Book World, encourages the public to come visit with the local authors on December 20th. “Local books are a big part of our business here at Book World,” Laforge said. “Both locals and visitors love to learn more about the Upper Peninsula and bring home a piece of the U.P. Books make great gifts for that reason, and also for people from the area who now live elsewhere. Come get a book signed for yourself or someone else and enjoy the holidays.”


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

Posted November 25, 2014 by tylerrtichelaar
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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.

Visit Larry Buege at the TV6 Christmas Craft Show and find out more about his campaign for the Amorous Spotted Slug for state slug.

Visit Larry Buege at the TV6 Christmas Craft Show and find out more about his campaign for the Amorous Spotted Slug for state slug.

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.

Tyler Tichelaar will be in booth 251 this year at the TV6 Christmas Craft Show

Tyler Tichelaar will be in booth 251 this year at the TV6 Christmas Craft Show

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 Woman; 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.

On December 6 at 2:o0pm, Loraine Koski will be giving a presentation at Bethany Lutheran Church in South Republic about PFC Elden Gjers, Republic athletic standout and World War II casualty, and my more than 10 years of research that led to publication her book Eden’s True Army Tales.

Gretchen Preston, author of the Valley Cats series

Gretchen Preston, author of the Valley Cats series will be at the TV6 Christmas Craft Show

Diana Oman will be signing copies of My Heart Smiles at Younkers throughout the holiday season.

Diana Oman will be signing copies of My Heart Smiles at Younkers throughout the holiday season.

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

Children's author Carrie Pearson will be at Snowbound Books on December 13th.

Children’s author Carrie Pearson will be at Snowbound Books on December 13th.

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

Sonny Longtine will be at the Outback Holiday Fair on November 28 and 29

Sonny Longtine will be at the Outback Holiday Fair on November 28 and 29

Join Us in Celebrating the 2nd Annual U.P. Authors Day at Marquette’s Westwood Mall

Posted September 24, 2014 by tylerrtichelaar
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UP AUTHORS_2014 POSTERUpper Michigan authors from all ends of the peninsula will gather on October 4, 2014 for the second 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, August 25, 2014—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 October 4, 2014.

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.” The event is being organized by members of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) in coordination with the Westwood Mall.

President of UPPAA and author of “My Marquette,” Tyler R. Tichelaar, said that last year’s event resulted in twenty-three authors attending, which was the single largest gathering of U.P. authors in one place ever held. These authors came from all over the U.P., including Marquette, Ishpeming, Quinnesec, Iron Mountain, Houghton, and Garden. One even came from Texas to attend, and they all either live in or write about the U.P. Gretchen Preston, author of the Valley Cats children’s book series who is helping to coordinate the event, stated, “This event is a real opportunity for readers to meet authors who live in and write about the U.P., some of whom are well-known and others of whom may be new to local readers. The diversity of topics is impressive, ranging from historical fiction and history books to children’s books, fantasy novels, memoirs, romances, and inspirational titles.” Ellen Sargent, manager of the Westwood Mall, adds, “The Westwood Mall is delighted to host this event for the second time. We know both our local customers and area visitors will really enjoy getting to meet the authors, and I think they’ll be impressed by how many talented writers we have right here in our backyard!”

Over fifteen authors will be scheduled to attend the event. Book sale hours will be from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 4th.


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