Upper Peninsula or Bust!

It’s all about the Far North around here.  Chris and I are gearing up for a whirlwind literary tour of a big swath of the upper peninsula of Michigan this August.  Here is a map of the UP so you can get inspired, too. Think of cool Lake Superior breezes!


Ron Reikki is the organizer of the tour, and he invited me to be the “headliner” and visit a lot of bookstores and libraries in our great north, and I said that I would try to make it something like a vacation for me and my darling Christopher, who will be driving the more than 1500 miles.  Here is my schedule:

Dates for my portion of the 2013 Upper Peninsula Book Tour:

Thursday, July 25 – Official UP Tour kick-off:

Kazoo Books II (2413 Parkview. Kalamazoo, MI  49008) 6:30 pm, reading/signingw/ Bonnie Jo Campbell, Nancy Eimers, Kim Kolbe, William Olsen, Janeen Rastall, Ron Riekki, Keith Taylor, Eric Torgersen (info about the event here:


Sunday, August 4: Lake Superior State University (Superior Room, Walker Cisler Student and Conference Center, 650 W Easterday Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783), 6:00 pm, reading/Q&A/signing w/ Ellen Airgood, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Sue Harrison

Information about event here: http://www.sootoday.com/content/arts/details.asp?c=59772

Monday, August 5: Tahquamenon Public Library (700 Newberry Ave  Newberry, MI 49868), 6:00–8:00 pm, panel w/Ellen Airgood, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Steve Hamilton, Ron Riekki, John Smolens

Tuesday, August 6: Falling Rock Café & Bookstore (104 E Munising Ave, Munising, MI 49862), 2:00–4:00 pm, signing w/Bonnie Jo Campbell, Steve Hamilton, Ron Riekki, John Smolens

Wednesday, August 7: Peter White Public Library (217 N Front St, Marquette, MI 49855), 7:00–9:00 pm, signing w/Bonnie Jo Campbell (books supplied by Snowbound Books)

Thursday, August 8: Peter White Library (217 N Front St, Marquette, MI 49855), 1:00 pm, writing workshop with Bonnie Jo Campbell (sign-up required, call 906-226-4312.) Here’s an article about the workshop: http://www.miningjournal.net/page/content.detail/id/589342/Writers-workshop-at-library.html?nav=5004

Thursday, August 8: Book World (136 W Washington St, Marquette, MI 49855), 4:30–6:00 pm, w/Bonnie Jo Campbell, April Lindala, Jane Piirto, Janice Repka, Ron Riekki

Thursday, August 8: Snowbound Books (118 N Third St, Marquette, MI 49855), 6:30–8:00 pm, w/Sharon Dilworth and Bonnie Jo Campbell

Friday, August 9: North Wind Books (601 Quincy St, Hancock, MI 49930), 2:00-4:00 pm, reading/signing w/Bonnie Jo Campbell, Randall R. Freisinger, April Lindala, Ron Riekki, Phillip Sterling

 Saturday, August 10: Grandpa’s Barn (385 4th St, Copper Harbor, MI 49918), 2:00–5:00 pm signing with Ron Riekki; 2:30-4:30 pm, signing w/Randall R. Freisinger, Keith Taylor; 3:00–5:00 pm, signing w/Bonnie Jo Campbell

 Monday, August 12: Book World (1104 S Stephenson Ave, Iron Mountain, MI 49801), 5:00–6:00 pm, signing w/Bonnie Jo Campbell, Ron Riekki

Here’s an article from the Iron Mountain Daily News: http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/541660/2013-U-P–Book-Tour-announced.html?nav=5066

Monday, August 12: Dickinson County Library (401 Iron Mountain St, Iron Mountain, MI  49801), 6:30–8:00 pm, panel w/Bonnie Jo Campbell, Sue Harrison, Beverly Matherne, Ron Riekki, Keith Taylor (books supplied by Friends of the Library)

Tuesday, August 13: Book World (301 N Lincoln Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829), 2:30–4:00 pm, signing w/Bonnie Jo Campbell, Ron Riekki, Catie Rosemurgy

Tuesday, August 13: Escanaba Public Library (400 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI 49829), 7:00 pm, reading/Q&A/panel w/Bonnie Jo Campbell, Ron Riekki, Catie Rosemurgy

 Wednesday, August 14: Manistique Public Library (100 N Cedar St, Manistique, MI 49854), 1:00-3:00 pm, panel/Q&A/readingw/Elinor Benedict, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Amber Edmondson, Phillip Sterling, Ron Riekki, Philllip Sterling

Wednesday, August 14: Book World (52 N State St  St Ignace, MI 49781), 6:00-7:00 pm, signing w/Bonnie Jo Campbell, Janice Repka, Ron Riekki

 Friday, August 15: Between the Covers (152 E Main St  Harbor Springs, MI 49740), 2:00–3:00 pm, signing w/Steve Amick, Bonnie Jo Campbell

Here’s an article that Yvonne Zip of the Kalamazoo Gazette wrote about the tour.


The tour is much bigger than me and my events. Ron Reikki’s number one goal is to showcase Upper Peninsula writers, and so I’ll get to meet a lot of them at our venues.  There are 41 writers appearing at 31 venues.  Here’s a more complete list:


This fourth annual upper peninsula tour will be featuring a new book edited by Ron Reikki and published by Wayne State University Press.  It’s an anthology of new writing by Upper Peninsula writers and you can find more about it here:



Mostly I’ll be reading,  signing my books, and chatting with folks, but I’ll be doing one free writing workshop at Peter White Library. There’s info at this link:


CIMG8677So Chris is getting ready for the drive to Sault St. Marie to start things out. (Here’s a photo of him at the cottage).  On our one day off, we’ll go to the Porcupine Mountains and see what that’s all about.  And I sure hope we run into Joe Heywood, author of the Woods Cop series. He’s got a great new book of Woods Cop short stories out this year, Hard Ground. And maybe we’ll see some of you, too.  Cheers! Bonnie

About bonniejocampbell

I'm the author of ONCE UPON A RIVER, AMERICAN SALVAGE, MOTHERS TELL YOUR DAUGHTERS, Q ROAD, WOMEN & OTHER ANIMALS. I love Michigan, donkeys, black walnuts, blackcap raspberries, Flannery O'Connor.
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