Sunday, August 11, 2013

Novelist Carol Sheldon to launch new book on Copper Country with library presentations, book signings

CALUMET, HOUGHTON -- Novelist Carol Sheldon, author of two fictional accounts of the Copper Country, will give two presentations this week at local libraries to launch her newly published book, Driven to Rage.

"I love to write about relationships and human rights issues," Sheldon says.

An intimate tale of a family divided, the story is set in 1913 when miners and laborers are desperate, and drama unfolds in a human, personal light. Readers of Sheldon’s previous book, Mother Lode, will recognize earlier characters, while those familiar with Copper Country history will enjoy familiar events and elements applied in creative historical fiction.

Reading and book signing at Calumet Library Aug. 14

Sheldon will present "Love and Strife in the Mining Families of 1913" -- a reading and book signing -- from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Calumet (CLK) Public Library. The event it open to the public -- all ages welcome! Refreshments will be served

Sheldon will present the "story behind the story," including her own ties to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Following the presentation, Sheldon will be available to sign books.  Proceeds from the sale of books during this event will go to support projects sponsored by the Friends of the Calumet Public Library.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Calumet Public Library. For more information, visit the library or call 337-0311 ext. 1107.

Portage Lake District Library to host Carol Sheldon Aug. 15

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to an evening of readings and reflections with author Carol Sheldon from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Sheldon will discuss her recent historical novel, Driven to Rage, and read excerpts from this book that tells the story of the 1913 Copper Miner’s Strike. In this tale, Sheldon's second historical novel about the Copper Country, conscience is set against convention and brother against brother as miners and laborers unite to face the power of copper mine bosses. Readers will meet heroes and scoundrels as well as Big Annie, a woman so strong in her determination to help the struggling miners that she could not be shamed or silenced.

This novel "explodes with tension," according to author Teresa LeYung-Ryan.

"You’ll recognize characters in this copper mining town, including Sheriff Earl Foster from the riveting Mother Lode," LeYung-Ryan says. "How we suffer, struggling with lust, loyalty and tolerance. Driven to Rage is powerfully moving; Sheldon is a master storyteller of relationships. Reminiscent of Gone With the Wind and Grapes of Wrath."

Sheldon's award-winning historical novel Mother Lode is set in the rough frontier state of Michigan in the late 1800s during the heyday of copper mining. Mother Lode placed in the top five percent of 5000 entries in Amazon's International Novel Contest of 2011. Recently it won the Bay Area Independent Publishers’ Association award for Best Fiction.

The highlights of Sheldon's writing career have been for the stage, and her award winning plays were chosen for professional productions on the east coast. Sheldon also writes poetry and teaches writing in Marin, California, where she lives.

There will be a book signing and selling after the presentation at Portage Library.

Portage Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

More book signings

Carol Sheldon will give additional book signings and sell her books as follows:

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. - noon. Tori Farmers' Market, Hancock.
Thursday, Aug. 15, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. North Wind Books, Finlandia, Hancock.
Friday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. - noon. Quincy Mine, Hancock; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Copper World, Calumet.
Saturday, Aug.  17, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Heritage Festival, Agassiz Park, Calumet; 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Grandpa's Barn, Copper Harbor.

For more information about Carol Sheldon, visit her Web site,

(Photo: Book cover for Driven to Rage, courtesy Carol Sheldon.)

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