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"U.P." Author R.A. Riekki to Visit North Wind Books

HANCOCK, MI - Ronald "R.A." Riekki, author of "U.P.", the best-selling novel published in 2008 by Ghost Road Press, will discuss and sign copies of his book Tuesday, September 14, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

With Reikki will be actor and producer Steven Wiig ("Into The Wild", "Milk"). Wiig is planning to shoot a movie in Michigan's Upper Peninsula based on Riekki's book.

Set in Marquette County in 1989, the novel is a complex tale of friendship and brutality. "U.P." is the story of four teens immersed in an ugly world, one whose threat of violence is always simmering beneath the surface.

"R.A. Riekki s distinctive characters and their poignant quest for freedom is a swan song to lost youth, redefining the traditional coming-of-age-story," says a description of book at amazon.com.

In the novel, four boys tell four distinct narratives that converge into a harrowing and heartbreaking whole.

Riekki and Wiig, both Negaunee, Mich., natives, attended Northern Michigan University. They are making appearances throughout the Upper Peninsula to spread the word about the book and movie in a grass roots campaign to give readings and gather support.  They are also scouting filming locations during their U.P. travels.

Their promotional tour is being documented on Facebook at facebook.com/u.p.movie.

Both the novel and "U.P." merchandise will be available for purchase at each event.

Riekki has an M.F.A. in Theater Arts/Playwriting from Brandies University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University.  His work has been published widely, and he has been awarded several writing and journalism awards.

North Wind Books is located in downtown Hancock, Michigan, at 435 Quincy St. For additional information about the book signing, please contact North Wind Books at 906-487-7217.

Photo cutline: 1) R.A. Riekki; 2) Steven Wiig; 3) Cover of Riekki's book, "U.P."