On Saturday, Dec. 20 from 1-4 p.m., four local authors will be signing books and greeting the public at Book World in Downtown Marquette. All four authors live in the Marquette area but writea bout a wide variety of topics.

If you’ve seen the guy in the amorous spotted slug costume promoting the cause for state slug in Downtown Marquette, then you’ve seen Larry Buege. Now you have the opportunity to talk to him about his campaign and get personalized copies of his book “Cold Turkey”, a futuristic novel about Upper Peninsula  statehood and a strange prophecy. He will be signing copies of his young adult Native American fiction series as well.

Sonny Longtine a retired teacher, has spent his retirement researching and writing about the history of the U.P.. His first book, “Marquette, Then & Now”, appeared in time for Marquette’s sesquicentennial in 1999. He followed it with “Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Life Legends and Landmarks” and “Courage Burning”. Since then, he has found himself wading in blood — figuratively. His latest book, “Murder in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula” tells the stories of several U.P. murders spanning from the 1800’s to the present century.

Gretchen Preston was raised in Portland and worked as a medical social worker, but married into the Upper Peninsula. Fortunately for Upper Michigan’s children, she said yes. She began telling stories to a neighbor girl and those stories became “Valley Cats: The Adventures of Boonie and River”, a tale about two cats who are adventurers in the U.P.. The book has been followed by two sequels, all illustrated by Karin Neumann. The books focuses on education of U.P. history, geography and nature.

Tyler R. Tichelaar is a seventh-generation Marquette resident. Although he earned a Ph.D at Western Michigan University and taught there for several years, his true love was fiction writing. The result has been his popular “Marquette” trilogy: “My Marquette”, “The Best Place” and the play Willpower. He also writes “The Children of Arthur” books, a fantasy series about the descendents of King Arthur. It is something he knows personally as Tichelaar claims to be a descendent himself.

Editor’s Note: Information from a press release was used in this story.

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