U.P. Reader Volume #5 Just Released

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U.P. Reader Volume #5 includes Best Stories from U.P. Writers of All Ages

(MARQUETTE, MI, April 12, 2021) The Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) presents the fifth installment of the U.P. Reader. This latest and biggest-ever edition of the annual anthology will feature the collected works of thirty-two of the best of the authors of the Upper Peninsula.  We are again thrilled to also include the four winners of the Dandelion Cottage Short Story Award in our publication with divisions for grades 9 – 12 and 5 – 8. This award, created by UPPAA member Larry Buege (author of the popular Chogan Native American series) in 2017, showcases the best writing from young authors who are enrolled in U.P. primary and secondary public schools.

First Place Winners – Dandelion Cottage Award
Kyra Holmgren (Senior Div.)                   Annabell Dankert (Junior Div.
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 Publication Committee Chair, Mikel B. Classen (Sault Ste. Marie, MI). “This collection will be published by the UPPAA and will showcase the multitude of talent within the membership of the organization. Furthermore, we will include all genres of writing including non-fiction and poetry”.

New this year will be an audiobook edition of U.P. Reader narrated by Brandy Thomas (Marquette, MI) that can be purchased from Audible.com or iTunes (starting May 1st).  Paperback and hardcover editions are already available to local booksellers as well as contributors for sale and promotion. Booksellers can order directly from Ingram or from Modern History Press.  U.P. educators can contact UPPAA for a complimentary reading copy and a special discount for classroom purchases. Paperback, hardcover, and Kindle editions are readily available on Amazon.  Also new for 2021: a special Boxed Set eBook edition will allow readers to purchase the whole set of 5 volumes of U.P. Reader for the price of three! (also available May 1st)

“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 Classen. We are especially honored to have a piece by internationally bestselling author Karen Dionne (The Wicked Sister) formerly of St. Ignace.

Tyler Tichelaar, Marquette’s most prolific fiction author and former 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.”

Submissions for U.P. Reader Volume #6 will be open on May 1st, 2021, and will be juried by an editorial panel. 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. Contributors need only have an active membership in UPPAA to be considered for publication.

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 to support educational projects like the Dandelion Cottage story contest that encourages young writers, but the main focus remains to get U.P. literature into the hands of readers.  For more info, including submission guidelines please visit www.UPReader.org

Established in 1998 to support authors and publishers who live in or write about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, UPPAA is a Michigan nonprofit association with more than 100 members, many of whose books are featured on the organization’s website at www.uppaa.org. UPPAA welcomes membership and participation from anyone with a UP connection who is interested in writing.

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