Venturing ‘North of Nelson’

U.P. author to talk about book in Zoom event

Hilton Everett Moore is the featured author of the Thursday U.P. Notable Book Club discussion. Moore is the author of “North of Nelson” Stories of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula-Vol. 1,” which relates the experiences of residents of a fictional Baraga County town. (Photo courtesy of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association)

MARQUETTE — Working in an animal kennel and as a factory worker, pipe welder, assistant manager of a lumber company and clinical social worker in the Michigan prison system is bound to give a person a wide variety of life experiences.

The U.P. Notable Book Club’s next featured author in its series of online events is Hilton Everett Moore — the holder of all those jobs — who will discuss his book “North of Nelson: Stories of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula-Vol. 1,” at 7 p.m. Thursday via Zoom.

The Crystal Falls Community District Library, in partnership with the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association, holds these online events to foster discussion among the authors and the reading public. To participate in the June 8 event, contact Evelyn Gathu in advance at egathu@crystalfallslibrary.org or 906-875-3344.

The UPPAA recommends people borrow a copy of the book from a local library or purchase it from a local bookseller in advance to fully enjoy the discussion.

This will be the 28th event the UPPAA has held with authors included in the U.P. Notable List.

Hilton Everett Moore

The UPPAA invites people to follow the “ups and downs” of residents over a span of 150 years in a fictional small community, Nelson, located in Baraga County.

Moore, according to the UPPAA, is a published short story author who lives and writes at his remote cabin in the near wilderness of Baraga County.

After his variety of jobs, he now enjoys writing in his cabin in the wilderness, and fishing with worms.

According to his Silver Mountain Press, the book contains six short stories set in the U.P.

“The mythical village of Nelson frames the life and plights of the various actors as they plunge headlong physically, psychologically and metaphorically, into the treacherous waters of the Sturgeon River Country, where humans live precariously on the edge of a knife, and every mistake could be fatal,” it said on its website.

Sharon Brunner reviewed the book in the U.P. Book Review.

“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,” Brummer wrote. “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.”

Brummer said she highly recommends “North of Nelson-Vol. 1” to people who 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 U.P.

Moore keeps a website at www.writerinthewilderness.com where he shares “letters” to his readers.

“The nights now, are very dark and long,” reads one letter. “We are entering the winter star phase and being greeted to the winter constellations. Orion is my favorite.”

He also shared a recipe for making sauerkraut.

More information about the U.P. Notable Book list, U.P. Book Review, and UPPAA can be found on www.UPNotable.com

The UPPA s a Michigan nonprofit association with more than 100 members, many of whose books are featured at www.uppaa.org. UPPAA welcomes membership and participation from anyone with a U.P. connection who is interested in writing.

Christie Mastric can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is cbleck@miningjournal.net.


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