LSSU to host Michigan Notable Author
SAULT STE. MARIE– Mardi Jo Link, a 2014 Michigan Notable Book author, visits Lake Superior State University on Thurs., April 13, for an afternoon master class and evening reception, reading, and book signing. All events are free and open to the public.
The master class is at 3 p.m. in room 212 of the Center for Applied Center and Technology (CASET) entitled, More Like Yourself With Every Page: The Power of Voice in Memoir. The evening reading, reception, and book signing is 7-9 p.m. in the Kenneth L. Shouldice Library.. Light hors d’oeuvres will be offered.
Link is the author of two memoirs, Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass On a Northern Michigan Farm (2014) and The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance (2015), as well as the true crime books, When Evil Came to Good Hart (2008), Isadore’s Secret (2009), and Wicked Takes the Witness Stand (2014), which were each Heartland bestsellers.
Bootstrapper was an Indie Next pick, given the 2013 Booksellers Choice Award from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association, presented with Elle magazine’s Reader’s Prize, given the Housatonic Book Award for Nonfiction, and named a Michigan Notable Book.
Link's essays have appeared in Bellingham Review, Bear River Review, Creative Nonfiction, Detroit Free Press, Publishers Weekly, Terrain, and Traverse Magazine. She studied agriculture and journalism at Michigan State University and creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She is a columnist for the Traverse City Record-Eagle and lives in Traverse City, Mich., on the small farm featured in her memoir, The Big Valley.
Link’s visit is part of the LSSU Visiting Writer Series, in conjunction with the LSSU Library Writers Series to bring highly acclaimed authors and poets to campus for a shared literary experience with the community. The public will have the opportunity to experience Link reading her work, answering questions about her writing process and publishing experience, and signing copies of her books, which will be made available for purchase by the LSSU campus bookstore.
LSSU offers both an undergraduate major and minor in creative writing. The program encourages innovation and experimentation as students develop their voices. Students complete coursework in prose, poetry, and performance writing, and are given opportunities to get publishing experience before graduation.
Link’s visit is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the LSSU Cultural Affairs Committee, and the LSSU Department of English.