Announcing the U.P. Notable Book Club 2nd Wave Authors Events 2021-2022

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Read Books—Zoom with Authors—Get Educated and Entranced by Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula

Do you love to read? Do you love the raw, untamed, beautiful U.P? Are you longing to engage with intelligent people such as yourself in meaningful discussions? Then here is just the thing for you—Join the U.P. Notable Books Book Club!

Here is how. There are ten books on the 2nd Annual U.P. Notable Books List. Nine of the authors have agreed to do a Zoom talk with readers like yourself about their book. Buy these nine books, or check them out from your local library. (If you are buying your books, please consider supporting your local, independent booksellers). Then meet with the author and other readers monthly to discuss the book. The schedule is:

Book Author Publisher Date/Time
I Spy…Isle Royale Susanna Ausema Isle Royale and Kewee­naw Parks Associ­ation Sep. 9, 2021
Kawbawgam: The Chief, The Legend, The Man Tyler Tichelaar Marquette Fiction Oct. 14, 2021
Dead of November: A Novel of Lake Superior Craig Brockman Curve of the Earth publishing Nov. 11, 2021
Houghton the Birthplace of Professional Hockey William J. Sproule William J. Sproule Dec 9, 2021
In the Night of Memory Linda LeGarde Grover University of Minnesota Press Jan 13., 2022
World War II Conscientious Objectors: Germfask, Michigan the Alcatraz Camp Jane Kopecky Jane Kopecky Feb. 10, 2022
Eden Waits: A Novel Based on the True Story of Michigan’s Utopian Community, Hiawatha Colony Maryka Biaggio Milford House Press ( March 10, 2022
Points North: Discover Hidden Campgrounds, Natural Wonders, & Waterways of the Upper Peninsula Mikel B. Classen Modern History Press Apr. 14, 2022
The Women of the Copper Country: A Novel Mary Doria Russel Atria Books May 12, 2022

Evelyn Gathu, Director of the Crystal Falls District Community Library, is the creator and organizer of this club. Gathu states, “In Spring 2020, I heard about the Summer Scares program, which is created by the Horror Writers Association, and is partnered with Library Journal, Book Riot, and United for Libraries. Yearly, there are nine books selected (three for each level: adult, young adult, and middle grades). I read the books and went on to create book clubs for the patrons of our library. We met monthly, and we had the authors of the books join us by using Zoom. It was amazing! While many libraries were closed and suffering from a disconnect from their patrons—our library actually grew, thanks to Summer Scares.”

“The adults involved did not want to quit this type of book club where you get to meet and talk with the authors. I had read in the local paper that the first-ever U.P. Notable Books List was created by the editors of the U.P. Reader and the UPPAA (Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association). I contacted the UPPAA President, Victor R. Volkman, and he was thrilled with the idea. He gave me the contact information for the authors, most of which were really excited to participate.”

Please consider reading these wonderful books and joining us for illuminating discussions! If you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Gathu, the Director of the Crystal Falls District Community Library, either by email:, or by phone: (906) 875-3344.

More information about the U.P. Notable Book list, U.P. Book Review, and UPPAA can be found on

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