IRON MOUNTAIN - Ron Riekki, editor of "The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works," has put together an extensive book tour to showcase the new collection -with dozens of stops in the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin during July and August (and even few outside of it).
Headlined by Riekki and Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of "American Salvage" and "Once Upon a River," the tour also features a variety of Michigan's best fiction and poetry writers who have contributed to Riekki's anthology, including award-winners Steve Hamilton, Keith Taylor, Ellen Airgood, and John Smolens.
From Brighton to Houghton and all points in between, tour dates span through Aug. 20, following the recent kick off at Kazoo Books II in Kalamazoo.
Along the way, the tour will stop in Cadillac (July 27), Okemos (July 30 and Aug. 20), Traverse City (July 31-Aug. 1), Beaver Island (Aug. 1-2), Sault Ste. Marie (Aug. 3-5), Marquette (Aug. 6-9), Houghton-Hancock (Aug. 9-10), Copper Harbor (Aug. 10), Eagle River , Rhinelander, Wis. and Iron Mountain (Aug. 11-12), Escanaba (Aug. 13), St. Ignace (Aug. 14), and Brighton (Aug. 17 and 20), among many other cities.
For a complete list of stops, visit wsupress.wayne.edu/news-events/news/detail/book-tour.
"The Way North" is a volume of previously unpublished fiction and poetry that provides snapshots of life in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Author Stuart Dybek calls the book "More than a collection . . . a collaboration of writers, each whom understand in his and her own way what is sacred about that utterly unique, freshwater peninsula known as the U.P. Open most any page of this book and you'll smell the piney air and feel even in the sunlight the clean, steely, visceral cold."
Ron Riekki was born and raised in the U.P. and has graduate degrees in creative writing from Brandeis, Virginia, and Western Michigan, and a degree in religious studies from Central Michigan. He is the author of "U.P.: A Novel," several poetry chapbooks, and numerous plays.