The Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association (UPPAA) publishes its fourth annual UP Featured Book List this week.
UPPAA Notable Books Chair Michael Classen (Sault Ste. Marie) launched the initiative in 2019 in response to the lack of representation of UP authors in other Michigan literary circles.
“Traditionally, perceptions of books in Michigan have been dominated by downstate college presses,” Klassen said.
Crystal Falls District Community Library Director Evelyn Gathu continues the library’s partnership with the UPPAA and co-sponsors the UP Notable Book Club. The club is open to any of her UP residents and Karen Dionne (evil sister).
Members borrow books from the local library or purchase them from local stores before the discussion. Presentations include author readings, conversations about the making of the book, and live Q&A with the audience. His next meeting is January 12, 2023. SideRoad Kids: Tales of Chippewa County Discuss with renowned EUP columnist and author Sharon M. Kennedy.
To create this fourth annual list, UPPAA consulted bookstores, reviewers, authors and publishers in Upper Michigan to narrow down just 10 notable titles. These titles demonstrate the broad reach of UP literature as they span youth, middle school, YA, and adult audiences. You can find many reviews of these books at UP Book Reviews. The awards committee stresses that the list is unranked and that each title has equal value to her UP Notable Book. These 10 books are considered must-reads for all UP enthusiasts. We highly recommend contacting your local librarian or bookstore today.
- The Big Island; The Story of Isle Royale – Julian May and John Schoenherr (Reprinted by UMN Press, 2022)
- North of Nelson: Tales of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – Hilton Everett Moore (Silver Mountain Press, 2022)
- We Keep Town Moving: The Gossard Girls of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – Phyllis Michael Wong (MSU Press, 2022)
- murder anatomy – Eugene Milheiser (Ave Maria School of Law Press, 2019)
- Wreck and Rescue, Vehicle and Crew: Bango Cityr – Larry Jorgensen (Fresh Ink Group, 2022)
- Dorothy Moves Mountains, True Story – Dorothy Pad and Matthew Forgrave (DEPBooks 2022)
- freezing cold – Matthew Hellman (Beacon Publishing Group, 2022)
- excellent sailing Anthology – Marquette Poetry Circle (self-published, 2022)
- Empire Mine – Cascade Mountains: Michigan’s Largest Iron Mine – Alan Koski (self-published, 2022)
- Cady and the Birchbark Box: A Cady Whirlwind Thunder Mystery – Anne Dalman (Modern History Press)
UP Featured Classics of the Year
The UP Notable Books Committee UP Featured Classic This highlights important literature on the subject of the UP that has remained essential for at least a decade. It is the hope of the committee that these books will bring enjoyment to a new generation of readers.
- Bloodstoppers and Bearwalkers: Folk Traditions of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Richard M. Dorson (University of Wisconsin Press, 2008)
- Ice Hunter: Forest Cop Mr.y By Joseph Haywood (2nd ed. Lyons Press, 2008)
The UP Featured Books list will appear in the upcoming 7th volume uploader, UPPAA’s own annual literary anthology featuring short stories, poems and essays by its members.This successful publication helps spread the word about the organization, raise funds for educational programs, and encourage people on the Upper Peninsula and beyond to read her UP writer.Free Copy of uploader All UP educators and media are available for questions.Release date is scheduled for April 15ththCheck with your local bookstore for availability or to purchase on Amazon. For more information, please visit www.UPReader.org.
The UPPAA is a Michigan non-profit organization founded in 1998 to assist writers and publishers living in or writing about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with over 100 members and Many of the publications are posted on the organization’s website www.uppaa.org. UPPAA welcomes membership and participation of her UP associates interested in writing and publishing books.