UP Notable Book Club presents a Q&A session with Hilton Everett Moore about “North of Nelson: Stories of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – Volume 1”
UP Notable Book Club: the Crystal Falls Community District Library in partnership with the U.P. Publishers & Authors Association (UPPAA) has scheduled author events with winners of the UP Notable Book List. The 28th event is with Hilton Everett Moore’s debut short story collection North of Nelson: Stories of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – Volume 1. Follow the ups and downs of residents over a span of 150 years in a fictional small community somewhere in Baraga County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Some have compared the series from Silver Mountain Press to a Michener saga, albeit on a smaller scale. You can enjoy the book in paperback, hardcover, eBook, and audiobook editions.
When: June 8th, 2023 at 7 pm Eastern / 6 pm Central
Where: on the Zoom platform — please contact Evelyn Gathu in advance by firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (906) 875-3344. We recommend you borrow a copy of these books from your local library or purchase from your local bookseller in advance to get the most out of these events.
HILTON EVERETT MOORE is a published short story author who lives and writes at his remote cabin in the near wilderness of Baraga County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He has held many positions in his life including: a stint as a kennel man for a Humane Society, a factory worker, later as a certified pipe welder in the oil fields of West Texas, and also as an assistant manager of a lumber company. Ironically in a chapter he would like to forget, a gut-wrenching failed attempt at owning a restaurant. After a midlife crisis he went back to college and received a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Upon graduation, he was employed in the Michigan prison system as a Clinical Social Worker. Presently he enjoys writing in his cabin in the wilderness. He likes to fish with worms..
The short stories, such as “A Shotgun Wedding”, in North of Nelson are relatable to anyone. In this chapter, a woman felt forced to get married because of pregnancy and then found out she was not happy with the result. Many people have struggled when it came to pets and they were presented with problems that were not easily solved which was described in the chapter called “A Dog Named Bunny.” And the situation described in “The Irascible Pedagogue” is equally relatable. If only the protagonist had asked her to dance with him instead of getting cold feet, things would have turned out so much differently. That story reminded me of the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding with Julia Roberts. Julia’s character did a whole host of things to win back her friend and take him from the person he was going to marry.
I recommend this book because of the stories filled with touching moments about real-life situations and how the characters struggled to overcome their life challenges. Sometimes a problem took on a whole new life of its own without any solution. Moore provided the reader with the ramifications of many of the hardships the characters in his stories faced. I wanted to find out what was going to happen to the well-developed characters, individuals who resembled people I have met throughout my life. Moore brought to life the pain Nimkii experienced as a Native American woman and the pain of loneliness for a boy while he dealt with polio. I highly recommend North of Nelson, Vol. 1 if you want to learn more about life during The Depression, about life at the Baraga orphanage, and other experiences from the past concerning the characters from Moore’s book who lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. — read the full review by Sharon Brunner, U.P. Book Review
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About the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA)
Established in 1998 to support authors and publishers who live in or write about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, UPPAA is a Michigan nonprofit association with more than 100 members, many of whose books are featured on the organization’s website at www.uppaa.org. UPPAA welcomes membership and participation from anyone with a UP connection who is interested in writing. # # #