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UP Book Tour at North Wind Books August 9, 2:00 p.m.

HANCOCK, MI - The 2013 Upper Peninsula Book Tour will stop at Finlandia University's North Wind Books on Friday, August 9, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Five authors will read from and sign copies of their books: Bonnie Jo Campbell, Randall R. Freisinger, April Lindala, Ron Riekki, and Phillip Sterling.

National Book Award finalist Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of "Once Upon a River" (2011) and "American Salvage" (2009), among several other books. Campbell was named a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. She was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award, and her short story collection "American Salvage" (2012) was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her additional awards include the AWP Award for Short Fiction, a Pushcart Prize, and the Eudora Welty Prize. Campbell lives in Kalamazoo, Mich. Visit her website at www.bonniejocampbell.com.

Randy Freisinger is the author of four poetry collections, most recently "Nostalgia's Thread" (2009) and "Plato's Breath" (1996). His poems have appeared in dozens of literary magazines and anthologies and his work has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize. Freisinger is emeritus professor of rhetoric, literature, and creative writing in the Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities. He has lived in Michigan's Upper Peninsula since 1977.

Ron Riekki is the author of "U.P." (2008) and the editor of the 2011 anthology "The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works." He has been a Henry Hoyns Fellow, held a Ragdale Foundation residency, and was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the University of the South's Sewanee Writers' Conference. Visit his blog at http://rariekki.webs.com/apps/blog.

April Lindala is director of the Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University, Marquette. Her poetry and creative non-fiction are published in several anthologies, including "The Way North" (2013) and "Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now" (2011), for which she was project director and assistant editor. Visit her webpage at www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/node/84.

Phillip Sterling teaches American literature, creative writing, and composition at Ferris State University. He is the author of a collection of fiction, "In Which Brief Stories Are Told" (2011), and four collections of poetry: Mutual Shores (2000), Significant Others (2005), Quatrains (2006), and Abeyance (2007), which was awarded the Frank Cat Press Chapbook Award. He is the editor of "Imported Breads: Literature of Cultural Exchange" (2004) and the recipient of a number of awards for his writing and teaching, including Senior Fulbright Lectureships in Belgium and Poland. Sterling is the founding coordinator of the Literature in Person Reading Series at Ferris State. Visit his webpage at www.ferris.edu.

For additional information, contact North Wind Books at 906-487-7217.