Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Portage Library to host author of novel on Copper Country 1913 Labor Strike July 23

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to an evening of readings and discussions about the 1913 Copper Country labor strike with Michigan author Donna Searight Simons from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23.

Simons will read excerpts from her book Copper Empire: A Novel About the Copper Country Labor Strike in 1913 -- a compelling work of historical fiction that tells the story of miners and their families as they struggle with dangerous and often deadly working conditions, poor wages, a nine month labor strike, and a Christmas Eve tragedy that forever changed the Copper Country.

In addition to her book, Simons has been published in magazines and newspapers including Lake Superior Magazine. A book signing and selling will follow the presentation, and refreshments will be served. Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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