Publishings by R A Riekki

Here's stats/info on authors & publishers selected for Great Michigan Read, Michigan Notable Book, & Michigan Author Awards. If any errors, let me know (but I think all's correct). I thought it'd be helpful to Midwest/Michigan authors, e.g. if you have a Michigan book you've completed, you might consider the top 25 publishers below who have the most Michigan Notable Book selections. Or if you're a library/university/book club, you could consider inviting authors from the top 40 list of most MI Notable Book selections.  My hope's to encourage & support MI/Midwest authors & publishers with Michigan/Midwest interests.

         TOP RANKED PUBLISHERS WITH THE MOST MI NOTABLE BOOK AWARDS) [104 awards for the top 3 combined] (Great Michigan Read selections also noted)

1) Wayne State University Press—45

2) (Petoskey Publishing/Chelsea Milling Company) University of Michigan Press—32

3) Michigan State University Press—27

4) Sleeping Bear Press (and Mackinac Island State Park Commission)—13

5) Thunder Bay Press—10

6) Alfred A. Knopf—7

7) Arbutus Press—4

7) Detroit Free Press (and Triumph Books)—4

7) Grove Press—4

7) Lyons Press--4

7) Momentum Books—4

7) Pantheon Books—4

7) Thomas Dunne Books—4

7) Viking—4 (& a Great Michigan Read selection)

7) W.W. Norton & Company (Alden B. Down Home & Studio)—4

16) Bloomsbury (USA)—3

16) Copper Canyon Press—3

16) Ecco--3

16) HarperCollins Publishers—3

16) Hyperion—3 (& a Great Michigan Read selection)

16) (Metropolitan Books) Henry Holt—3 (& a Great Michigan Read selection)

16) Minotaur Books—3

16) Scribner—3 (& a Great Michigan Read selection)

16) Simon & Schuster/Jeter Publishing--3

16) University of Minnesota Press—3

16) Voyageur Press—3

16) William B. Eerdmans (Publishing Company)—3

     (Note: no publisher with more than 3 Michigan Notable Book Awards has ever been selected for the Great Michigan Read. Also, no university press has ever been selected for the Great Michigan Read.)

 

AUTHORS WTH MORE THAN ONE MICHIGAN NOTABLE BOOK AWARD (Michigan Author Awards noted)

1) Jim Harrison—8 (& a 2014 Michigan Author Award)

2) Gloria Whelan—6 (& a 1998 Michigan Author Award)

3) Dave Dempsey—5 (& a 2009 Michigan Author Award)

4) Jerry Dennis—4 (& a 1999 Michigan Author Award)

5) Kathy-Jo Wargin—4

6) M. Christine Byron—3

7) Christopher Paul Curtis—3 (& a 2005 Michigan Author Award)

8) Steve Lehto—3

9) Michael Schumacher—3

10) Keith Taylor—3

11) Keith R. Widder--3

12) Thomas R. Wilson—3

13) Jeff Alexander—2

14) Steve Amick—2

15) Richard Bak—2

16) James Barry—2

17) Melba Joyce Boyd—2

18) John Cabadas—2

19) Bonnie Jo Campbell—2 (& a 2012 Michigan Author Award)

20) George Cantor—2

21) David Carson—2

22) Jim Daniels--2

23) Jack Dempsey—2

24) Jack Driscoll—2

25) Jean Alicia Elster—2

26) Don Faber—2

27) Cynthia Furlong Reynolds—2

28) Peter Gavrilovich—2

29) Bryan Gruley—2

30) Steve Hamilton—2 (& a 2006 Michigan Author Award)

31) Charles K. Hyde—2

32) D.E. Johnson—2

33) Tom Kachadurian—2

34) Laura Kasischke—2 (& a 2013 Michigan Author Award)

35) Elmore Leonard—2 (& a 1996 Michigan Author Award)

36) Mardi Jo Link—2

37) Patrick Livingston—2

38) Thomas Lynch—2 (& a 2001 Michigan Author Award)

39) Donald Lystra—2

40) Larry Massie—2

41) Anne-Marie Oomen—2

42) Patty Pinner—2

43) Patricia Polacco—2 (& a 2004 Michigan Author Award)

44) Sue Stauffacher—2

            [Note: no author has ever won a Michigan Notable Book, Great Michigan Read, and Michigan Author Award. Also, no author with more than one Michigan Notable Book award has ever been selected for the Great Michigan Read series.]

  

            305 AUTHORS WITH MICHIGAN NOTABLE BOOK AWARDS (doesn’t include photographers or illustrators) [Great Michigan Read and Michigan Author Awards also noted]

Jim Abbott—1

Ellen Airgood—1

Mitch Albom—1

Jeff Alexander—2

Steve Amick—2

Godfrey J. Anderson—1

Nancy Andrews—1

Annie Appleford—1

David Armour—1

Harriette Simpson Arnow—1

Nancy Auer—1

John U. Bacon—1

A.J. Baime--1

Richard Bak—2

Dirk Bakker—1

Dean Bakopoulos—1

Russ Banham—1

Eddie Baranek—1

Gary W. Barfknecht—1

John Barnard—1

Le Roy Barnett—1

James Barry—2

William R. Bauer—1

Charles Baxter—1 (& a 1993 Michigan Author Award)

Matt Bell—1

Colin Bergel—1

Arnie Bernstein—1

John Bice—1

Mark Binelli—1

Tom Bissell—1

Lars Bjorn—1

Martha Bloomfield—1

Dean Boal—1

Karl Bohnak—1

Melba Joyce Boyd—2

Kevin Boyle—1 (& a 2011-12 Great Michigan Read)

Douglas Brinkley—1

Elizabeth Brockwell-Tillman—1

Bill Broder—1

David G. Brown—1

Grant Brown—1

Benjamin Busch—1

Bob Butz—1

M. Christine Byron—3

John Cabadas—2

W. Bruce Cameron--1

Bonnie Jo Campbell—2 (& a 2012 Michigan Author Award)

George Cantor—2

Dr. Constance Cappel—1

David Carson—2

Robert Casey—1

David G. Chardavoyne—1

Angelique S. Chengelis—1

Anna Clark--1

Charles E. Cleland—1

Paul Clemens—1

Timothy Cochrane—1

John Cohassey—1

Irwin Cohen—1

Marla O. Collum—1

John Comazzi—1

Anna Lisa Cox—1

Christopher Paul Curtis—3 (& a 2005 Michigan Author Award)

Jim Daniels—2

Joe. T. Darden—1

Craig Date—1

Seth Davis—1

Diane DeCillis--1

William A. Decker, M.D.—1

Thomas M. DeFrank—1

Matt De La Pena—1

Al Delclercq--1

Dave Dempsey—5 (& a 2009 Michigan Author Award)

Jack Dempsey—2

Jerry Dennis—4 (& a 1999 Michigan Author Award)

Donald I. Dickmann—1

Thomas R. Dilley--1

Jim Donovan—1

Jack Driscoll—2

Bill Dunlop—1

Brian Leigh Dunnigan—1

Jack Ebling—1

Jean Alicia Elster—2

Lon. L. Emerick—1

Michael Erlewine—1

Tom Ervin--1

Loren D. Estleman—1 (& a 1997 Michigan Author Award)

Don Faber—2

Joe Falls—1

John Farina—1

Michael R. Federspiel—1

Charles Ferguson—1

Lisa M Fine—1

Paul Finkelman—1

Sara Fitzgerald—1

Kathleen Flinn--1

Richard Ford—1

Mike Fornes—1

Dianne Foster—1

Marcia Fountain-Blacklidge—1

Craig Fox—1

Jean Fritz—1

Cynthia Furlong Reynolds—2

John Gallagher—1

Peter Gavrilovich—2

Cheri Y. Gay—1

Dan Gerber—1 (& a 1992 Michigan Author Award)

Mary Ellen Geist—1

Lawrence M. Glazer—1

Jack Glazier—1

Raymond Goodwin—1

Jaimy Gordon—1

Gary Graff—1

Greg Grandin—1

Josh Greenberg--1

Joe Grimm—1

Bryan Gruley—2

Judith Guest—1

Mauricio Gutierrez—1

John R. Halsey—1

Steve Hamilton—2 (& a 2006 Michigan Author Award)

Jim Harrison—8 (& a 2014 Michigan Author Award)

Ernie Harwell—1

Lorri Hathaway—1

Arthur W. Helweg—1

Lolita Hernandez--1

Martin J. Hershock—1

Lorie Ellen Heuft—1

Marcia J. Heringa Mason—1

Ingrid Hill—1

George W. Hilton—1

Alison K. Hoagland—1

Michael H. Hodges—1

Sean Madigan Hoen--1

Mark Hoffman—1

J. Alan Holman—1

James Oliver Horton—1

Louis E. Horton—1

Gloria House—1

Ellen Howard—1

Sally Howell--1

Linda Hundt—1

Charles K. Hyde—2

Karl Iagnemma—1

Sheryl James—1

Derek Jeter--1

D.E. Johnson—2

Heidi Johnson—1

Patronella Johnston—1

Lita Judge—1

Tom Kachadurian—2

Andrew Kantar—1

Laura Kasischke—2 (& a 2013 Michigan Author Award)

Sharon Kegerreis—1

Michael Kersjes—1

Andrea King Collier—1

Ted A. Kluck—1

John Knott—1

Dorothy Kostuch—1

Margery Krevsky—1

Barbara E. Krueger—1

Bruce Allen Kopytek—1

Greg Kowalski—1

Dean Kuipers—1

Mark Kurlansky—1

Bettye LaVette—1

Joe Layden—1

Chris Lear—1

Charlie Le Duff—1

Larry A. Leefers—1

Steve Lehto—3

Brian Leigh—1

Brad Leithauser—1

Lisa Lenzo--1

Elmore Leonard—2 (& a 1996 Michigan Author Award)

Kenneth E. Lewis—1

M.L. Liebler—1

Jerry M. Linenger—1

Mardi Link—2

Liesel Litzenburger—1

Patrick Livingston—2

Daniel Loepp—1

Harry. C Lund—1

Steve Luxenberg—1 (& a 2013-14 Great Michigan Read)

Thomas Lynch—2 (& a 2001 Michigan Author Award)

Nick Lyons—1

Donald Lystra—2

Diane Maddex—1

Josh Malerman--1

David Margolick—1

Peter Markus--1

Gwen Marston—1

Philip Mason—1

Larry Massie—2

Chris McCosky—1

James M. McClurken—1

James McCullough—1

Monica McFawn--1

Bill McGraw—1

Gary McGuffin—1

Joan McGuffin—1

Christopher H. Meehan—1

Madelaine Hemingway Miller—1

Michael G. Monroe—1

Andrew Moore—1

Michael Moore—1

Peter Morris—1

Colleen Murray Fisher—1

Dennis Alan Narwocki—1

Maggie Nelson—1

Susan Newhof—1

Bich Minh Nguyen—1 (& a 2009-10 Great Michigan Read)

Thomas J. Noer—1

Michael O’Brien—1

Carl Oglesby—1

Wes Oleszewski—1

Bryon Olsen—1

William Olsen—1

Gordon Olson—1

Anne-Marie Oomen—2

Stephen Ostrander—1

John Otterbacher—1

Janie Lynn Panagopoulos—1 (& a 2000 Michigan Author Award)

Robert Dale Parker—1

P.J. Parrish—1

Linda R. Peckham—1

Keewaydinoquay Peschel—1

Matt Phelan—1

Patty Pinner—2

Patricia Polacco—2 (& a 2004 Michigan Author Award)

Phil Porter—1

William Rapai—1

Jack Ridl—1

Ron Riekki—1

Ann Rinaldi—1

Bradley A. Rogers—1

Robert Root—1

Michael Rosenberg—1

Roger Rosentreter—1

Lawrence L. Rouch—1

Miriam Easton Rutz—1

Barbara Rylko-Bauer--1

Robert Sabuda—1

Nick Salvatore—1

Linda Samuelson—1

Phillip D. Schertzing—1

Andrew Schrier—1

Adam Schuitema—1

Constance B. Schulz—1

Michael Schumacher—3

Jon Scieszka—1

Gene Scott—1

Heather Sellers—1

J.H. Shapiro—1

Benjamin J. Shelak—1

Barbara Siepker—1

Ken Silverstein—1

Howard Sivertson—1

Tim Skubick—1

Ellen Slezak—1

David Small—1

Brian Smith—1

Deborah Smith Pollard—1

Jamie Smith—1

Robbyn Smith Van Frankenhuyzen—1

Richard Snow—1

Betty Sodders—1

Laurie K. Sommers—1

Scott Sparling—1

Tom Springer—1

Jerry Stanley—1

Doug Stanton—1

Tom Stanton—1 (& a 2008 Michigan Author Award)

Sue Stauffacher—2

Philip C. Stead—1

Michael Steinberg—1

Lynn M. Steiner—1

Ronald J. Stephens—1

Lea Ann Sterling—1

Susan Stites—1

Emily St. John Mandel--1

Frederick Stonehouse—1

Alison Swan—1

Alex Taylor III—1

Keith Taylor—3

Paul Taylor—1

Bucko Teeple—1

Stephen Terry--1

Richard W. Thomas—1

Mark Thompson—1

Joe Thurtell—1

Jennifer Thomas Vanadia—1

Hawk Tolson—1

Robert Traver—1

Paul Trynka—1

Jeff VandeZande—1

Louis J. Verne—1

Arthur Versluis—1

Eric Villegas—1

Bill Vlasic—1

Edward G. Voss—1

Larry Wakefield—1

Lewis Walker—1

Ivan H. Walton—1

Albert M. Ward—1

Ed Wargin—1

Kathy-Jo Wargin—4

Helen Washburn-Berthelot—1

Rosemary Weatherston—1

Tim Wendel—1

Tom Weschler—1

Gloria Whelan—6 (& a 1998 Michigan Author Award)

Susan Whitall—1

William C. Whitbeck—1

Gleaves Whitney—1

Keith R. Widder—3

Benjamin C. Wilson—1

Doug Wilson—1

Sunnie Wilson—1

Thomas R. Wilson—3

Bob Wojnowski—1

Earl Wolf—1

Anthony Youn, M.D.—1

Gordon Young—1

Michael Zadoorian—1

 

            GREAT MICHIGAN READ & MICHIGAN AUTHOR AWARD WINNERS (who’ve never received a Michigan Notable Book)

Nicholas Delbanco—0 (won a 2002 Michigan Author Award)

Ernest Hemingway—0 (won a 2007-08 Great Michigan Read)

Janet Kauffman—0 (won a 1995 Michigan Author Award)

Gary Schmidt—0 (won a 2011 Michigan Author Award)

John Smolens—0 (won a 2010 Michigan Author Award)

Sarah Stewart—0 (won a 2007 Michigan Author Award)

Diane Wakoski—0 (won a 2003 Michigan Author Award)

Nancy Willard—0 (won a 1994 Michigan Author Award)

 

            140 PUBLISHERS WITH MI NOTABLE BOOK AWARDS

Alfred A. Knopf—6

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill—1

Ann Arbor Media Group—2

Arbutus Press—4

Arcadia Publishing—2

Artisan—1

Atlantic Monthly Press—2

Avanti Publishing—1

Avery Color Studios—2

Ballantine Books—1

Belt Publishing/Rust Belt Chic Press--1

Blue Rider Press—1

BOA Editions Ltd.—1

Bottom Dog Press—1

Bloomsbury (USA)—3

Broadway Books—1

Candlewick Press—1

Catalpa Publications—1

Charlesbridge—1

Cheboygan Tribune Printing Co.—1

Chicago Review Press—1

City Vision Publishing—1

Coffee House Press—1

Cold Sky Publishing—1

Copper Canyon Press—3

Cranbrook Institute of Science—2

Crown Publishers--1

CTC Productions and Sports—1

Da Capo Press—1

Damiani/Akron Art Museum—1

Delphinium Books—1

Detroit Free Press (and Triumph Books)—4

Detroit Zoological Institute—1

Dial Press (Books for Young Readers)—2

Doubleday/Knopf—2

Dzanc Books--1

Ecco—3

Forge/Macmillan—2

Free Press—1

Freide Publications—2

Gallery Books—1

Gene Scott—1

G.P. Putnam’s Sons—2

Grand Central Publishing—2

Grove Press—4

Guilford—1

Handsel Books—1

Hanging Loose Press—1

Harcourt—1

HarperCollins Publishers—3

(Metropolitan Books) Henry Holt—3 (& a Great Michigan Read selection)

Hiros Rise Music—1

History Press—2

Holiday House—1

Houghton Mifflin--1

Hyperion (Books for Children)—3 (& a Great Michigan Read selection)

Huron River Press—2

International Marine—1

Johns Hopkins University Press—1

Kent State University Press—1

Lake Superior Port Cities—1

Leelanau Press—1

Little, Brown and Company—2

Little Grove—1

Little Traverse Historical Society—1

Lorien Studio—1

Lyons Press—4

Mackinac (Island) State Historical Parks—2

Mackinac Island Press—1

MackinacJane’s Publishing Company—1

McGraw Hill—1

McPherson—1

Metropolitan Books—1

Minotaur Books—3

Michigan History Magazine Heritage Publication—1

MSU Extension/Michigan Sea Grant/Gillette Natural History Association—1

Michigan State University Press—27

Momentum Books—4

Morrow—1

Motor Books (Motorbooks) International—2

New Issues Poetry & Prose—1

Nokomis Learning Center—1

North Country Publishing—1

Northern Illinois University Press—1

NorthWord Press—1

Norton—1

Ohio University Press—1

Oxford University Press--1

Pantheon Books—4

Past Tents Press—1

The Penguin Press—1

Permanent Press—1

Petunia Press—2

Philomel (Books)—2

Pinnacle Books—1

Princeton Architectural Press—1

Priscilla Press—2

Random House—1

Riverhead (Books)—2

Roaring Book Press—1

Rodale—1

Samadhi Press—1

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians—1

Scholastic—2

Scribner—3 (& a Great Michigan Read selection)

Shaye Areheart Books—1

Simon & Schuster/Jeter Publishing—3

Sleeping Bear Press (and Mackinac Island State Park Commission)—13

Soho Press—2

Springboard—1

Stanford University Press—1

St. Martin’s Press—1

Switch Grass Books/Northern Illinois University Press—1

Taunton Press—1

Temple University Press—1

Ten Speed Press—1

Theia—1

Thomas Dunne Books—4

Thunder Bay Press—10

Times Books—1

Tin House Books—1

Titan Books—1

Todd & Brad Reed Photography—1

Touchstone Books—1

Trails Books—1

Triumph Books—1

Turner Publishing Company—1

University of California Press—1

University of Detroit Mercy Press & Broadside—1

University of Georgia Press--1

(Petoskey Publishing/Chelsea Milling Company) University of Michigan Press—32

University of Minnesota Press—3

University of Nebraska Press—1

University of Oklahoma Press--1

University of Pennsylvania Press—1

University of Wisconsin Press—1

Velo Press—1

Viking—4 (& a Great Michigan Read selection)

Voyageur Press—3

Wayne State University Press—45

Wendy Lamb Books—2

William B. Eerdmans (Publishing Company)—3

William Morrow—2

The Writers—1

W.W. Norton & Company (Alden B. Down Home & Studio)—4

Yale University Press—1

 

 


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     SELECTIONS FOR BEST MICHIGAN BOOK OF ALL-TIME, BEST U.P. BOOK OF ALL-TIME, AND BEST BOOK FROM AN AUTHOR APPEARING ON THE U.P. BOOK TOUR 2011 (Selections were made from the group of panelists on Jun 23, 2011, Peter White Public Library.)

 
   SELECTIONS BY ROXANE GAY, PANK MAGAZINE
 
Best Michigan Book: Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage and Once Upon a River
Best Book by an Author Appearing on the Tour: Caitlin Horrocks, This Is Not Your City
Best U.P. Book: On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction by Karl Iagnemma and Ander Monson's Other Electricities
 
 
 
   SELECTIONS BY AUSTIN HUMMELL, NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
 
Best Michigan Book: Animal Soul, Bob Hicok
Best U.P Book: U.P., R.A. Riekki
Best Book from Author on the list: The Stranger Manual, Catie Rosemurgy
 
 
   SELECTIONS BY CATHY SEBLONKA, PETER WHITE PUBLIC LIBRARY
 
Best Michigan Book: Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian
Best U.P. Book: Laughing Whitefish by Robert Traver
Best Book from Author on the Tour: Cold by John Smolens
 
 
   SELECTIONS BY NANCY DWYER, FALLING ROCK CAFE & BOOKSTORE (all titles can be ordered at http://www.fallingrockcafe.com/

U.P. Book/Author: South of Superior, Ellen Airgood and Face in the Rock, Loren Graham

Michigan Book/Author: Now You Love Me, Liesel Litzenburger and Homeless Bird, Gloria Whelan

Book from an Author on the U.P. Book Tour 2011: Jonathan Johnson
 

 
   SELECTIONS BY DIANNE PATRICK, SNOWBOUND BOOKS (all titles can be ordered at www.snowboundbooks.com)
 
U.P. Book/Author: Steve Hamilton, Cold Day in Paradise, first of Alex McKnight mystery series, Paradise
Best Michigan Book: Jim Harrison, most of his works site the U.P.
Best Book by an Author on the Tour: Poppy by Austin Hummel--NMU professor, poetry
 
 Snowbound also recommends:
Loon Feather by Iola Fuller--Historical fiction, Mackinaw Island
Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill--Keewaunaw peninsula, Finnish and Chinese
Laughing Whitefish by Robert Traver--historical fx, Marquette, Native Am. and Mineral treaty rights
South of Superior by Ellen Airgood--contemporary fiction, Grand Marais
Ice Hunter by Joseph Heywood--woods cops mysteries
Living Great Lakes by Jerry Dennis--non-fx, great lakes system
Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling--picture book about the great lakes system
U.P. by Ron Riekki--contempory fx, coming of age, Mqt County
 
 
     AND THE FOLLOWING ARE FURTHER SELECTIONS FROM CATHY SEBLONKA, PETER WHITE PUBLIC LIBRARY, YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIAN, JUN 2011
 
   Children's Picture Books:

Clever Beatrice by Margaret Willey (downstate MI author, U.P. setting)

Clever Beatrice and the Best Little Pony by Margaret Willey (French Canadian folklore)

Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco (lives near Coldwater)

Mrs. Mack by Patricia Polacco (set in Lansing)

January's Sparrow by Patricia Polacco (set in Marshall/Underground Railroad)

Pink and Say (and other books) by Patricia Polacco

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small (any collaboration by this husband & wife team; they live near Kalamazoo)

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum (and other books) by Lisa Wheeler (lives near Detroit)

Home Lovely (and other books) by Lynne Rae Perkins (lives in Cedar)

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by A. Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka (and any other of his Fairly Stupid Tales; from Flint)

Sheep in a Jeep (and other books) by Nancy Shaw (Ann Arbor)

One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II by Lita Judge (set in Pinkney)

     Children's fiction and non-fiction:

Dandelion Cottage by Carroll Watson Rankin (Marquette)

The Castaways of Pete's Patch by Carroll Watson Rankin (set along the Little Garlic where the Rankins had a camp)

The Adopting of Rosa Marie by Carroll Watson Rankin (based on Grandmother Watson)

Stump Village by Carroll Watson Rankin (set on Arch St.)

Wolf Rock by Carroll Watson Rankin (her story for boys)

The Bells of Lake Superior by Dayton O. Hyde (Marquette)

Island of the Loons by Dayton O. Hyde (Lake Superior/Munising) and other books

Clifford of Drummond Island by Nancy J. Bailey (also lives near Saline)

Once on This Island by Gloria Whelan (Mackinac Island; lives in Mancelona)

A Time to Keep Silent (and many other books) by Gloria Whelan

Charlotte Avery on Isle Royale by Rebecca S. Curtis (lives in Grand Rapids)

To Keep the South Manitou Light by Anna Egan Smucker

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (from Flint)

Bud, Not Buddy (and other books) by Christopher Paul Curtis

Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (Cedar) 2006 Newbery Award winner

A Summer of Silk Moths by Margaret Willey (set near Kalamazoo)

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (Ada)

Trouble (and other books) by Gary D. Schmidt (2011 Michigan Author Award from the Michigan Library Association)

Big Annie of Calumet: A True Story of the Industrial Revolution by Jerry Stanley (non-fiction)

Stories From Where We Live: The Great Lakes edited by Sara St. Antoine

     Adult fiction and non-fiction:

Cold by John Smolens (Marquette) and other books

South of Superior by Ellen Airgood (Grand Marais)

Laughing Whitefish by Robert Traver (Marquette) and other books

The Expeditions by Karl Iagnemma (U.P./Detroit) and other books

Loon Feather by Iola Fuller (Mackinac Island)

Fireweed by Mildred Walker (Big Bay?) and other books

Mother Earth Father Sky by Sue Harrison (Pickford) and other books

Eight Dogs Named Jack by Joe Borri (Detroit/northern Michigan, Marquette) Joe attended NMU

The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian (road trip along Route 66 starting in Detroit)

The Undertaking: Life Studies From the Dismal Trade by Thomas Lynch (Milford) (non-fiction) and other books

Please Don't Come Back From the Moon by Dean Bakopoulos (outside Detroit)

American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell (SW Michigan)

Detroit Electric Scheme by D. E. Johnson (Detroit)

The Widower by Liesel Litzenburger (northern MI)



  INFO and BLURBS for my UPCOMING or RECENT BOOKS with CENTER FOR U.P. STUDIESGYPSY DAUGHTER, WSU PRESS, and MSU PRESS:

Gypsy Daughter--She Took God: a memoir in 34 poems, released March 2012

   The indignities and causes for despair of which Ron Riekki writes in She Took God are terrifyingly common.  The sorts of heartbreaks and hardships that happen every day.  To millions.  And have happened before.  And will go on happening.  And yet, these stark, tender, true poems left me exhausted and despondent, broken for a while, for the suffering of one specific human being.  And that’s exactly what art must do if it is to help save us from our isolation and anonymity.  I am so very grateful for this book, for the way it makes me hurt clean through to read Riekki’s words, My soul is an amazing thing but it doesn’t bound like a fox anymore.  --Jonathan Johnson, author of Mastodon, 80% Complete

   In 34 poems, his memoir of method acting called She Took God, Ron Riekki paints a world that Iggy Pop, God, Zen, Ronnie Milsap, girls who might have loved him, Riekki not Milsap, a cousin named Steve going bald, prose poems loaded like a shotgun to shoot a hole through the ceiling, a place called Negaunee only found on a map of despair pinned to that inner wall, and ghosts in the kitchen, of course, all inhabit, as if the world were better off for their presence. His poems are hatchet chops at reality, and when Riekki says, “Deprivation of sunlight/is getting at my lungs” we must believe him. He is chopping into our brain, poem by poem, and why not, is reality so precious a thing, or is it more like a hole in your Adam’s apple?  Charles Bukowski must have been driving around Negaunee in a ’94 Cadillac, one hand on the steering wheel and the other opening up another bottle of whiskey, when Riekki was a kid grabbing hold of cars to slide across endless ice.  In the best poem of She Took God, he’s driving a dying Arthur Miller from Connecticut to Massachusetts. We don’t know why these two are together—one of them who slept with Marilyn Monroe and the other who didn’t—and we don’t care.  Through these delicious quick takes on life, we travel with the poet towards daylight in “the constant movement toward/the past tense.”  -- Russell Thorburn, author of The Drunken Piano

Center for U.P. Studies--Your Map is Wrong: a Collection of Plays Set in Michigan's Upper PeninsulaJun 2012

  Ron Riekki brings a bunch of highly talented playwrights together with their varied, unique takes on what may be going on right now north of The Mitten. Angry, funny, clever, moving, these plays are eminently stageworthy, and they remind trolls everywhere that there's much more to Michigan's U.P. than skeeters, fudge, pasties, and Yooper jokes. --Arnold Johnston, author of The Witching Voice: A Novel from the Life of Robert Burns

  The plays in this collection effectively capture the humor and spirit of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The broad range of diverse talent and themes represented in these works is as expansive as the geographical scope of the U.P. itself. Riekki and company deliver in this truly authentic, engaging representation of the various localities that constitute our mystical, but often neglected, region. --Joseph D. Haske

   It’s a little known fact that there’s a grand old theater marquee high in the sky above the Mackinac Bridge, and that the plays in Your Map is Wrong have all grown right up out of the sacred, fertile soil of the Upper Peninsula’s forest primeval. The name of the theater is the Majestic. --John Smolens, author of Cold: a novel

   Your Map Is Wrong proves once and for all that the only map worth poring over is the one we keep inside us, the unfinished one, with its reversed signposts and lost markers, the one we constantly unravel and ponder over, never sure which way is up. But on we march with the sweet belief that if we keep going far enough, we'll end up writing our own map, and find a place on it to call home. This fine collection of slant drama is its own true atlas. --John Bullock, author of Making Faces

 

   INFO ON THE U.P. BOOK TOUR and U.P. authors below

The MICHIGAN HUMANITIES COUNCIL has awarded a grant for the U.P. Book Tour 2012, which will feature appearances by Donald Hall, Ander Monson, Steve Hamilton, Jonathan Johnson, Ken Urban, Rafael Alvarez, Ron Riekki, Catie Rosemurgy, and many more impressive authors.  The events will run from Jun 20 to Jul 7, 2012, with author appearances in 18 cities including Marquette, K.I. Sawyer, Daggett, Powers/Carney, Manistique, Chatham, Newberry, Sault Ste. Marie, Republic, Baraga/L'Anse, Negaunee, Ontonagon, Ironwood, Houghton, Calumet, Escanaba, Crystal Falls, and Iron River.

Poet Jaswinder Bolina writes with honestly about his appearances with Ron Riekki and Steve Hamilton for last year's U.P. Book Tour in Poetry Magazine athttp://www.poetryfoundation.org/article/243072