Author Bell to appear at Esky library

ESCANABA – The Escanaba Public Library announced Matt Bell, author of “In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods,” will visit the library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, for an author talk and book signing.

Bell is visiting the Escanaba Public Library as part of the Library of Michigan’s 2014 “Michigan Notable Authors Tour.” This year, 20 authors whose works were chosen as 2014 Michigan Notable Books selections will visit nearly 50 libraries throughout the state.

Matt Bell’s debut novel “In the House upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods,” was published in 2013 by Soho Press. The novel tells the story of newly-weds who retreat to the woods to begin a simple life together and the surreal events that unfold. Bell’s work has received national attention and has been described as “powerful work of art,” fiercely original,” and “an allegory with the compelling power of mythology.” He is also the author of two previous books, How They Were Found and Cataclysm Baby. He earned his MFA at Bowling Green State University and teaches in the English department at Northern Michigan University.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to host Matt Bell and learn more about his creative process,” said Carolyn Stacey, director of the Escanaba Public Library. “Bell’s regional connections and his literary achievements will be a big draw for local readers.”

“This year’s Michigan Notable Books delve into wonderfully diverse topics and offer something of interest for just about everyone,” said State Librarian Nancy R. Robertson. “The tour offers the opportunity to book enthusiasts in many corners of the state to join in the conversation about what constitutes ‘great writing’ and to hear from some of the Great Lakes region’s most beloved authors.”

Michigan Notable Books is an annual program that features a juried selection of 20 outstanding titles, including fiction and nonfiction, published the previous year and set in Michigan, or in the Great Lakes or written by a Michigan author. The program includes a tour of libraries by the Michigan Notable authors who visit communities across the state, engaging residents in readings, learning and dialogue.

The 2014 Michigan Notable Books program and tour are made possible thanks to the support of the Library of Michigan, Library of Michigan Foundation, Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Humanities Council, and the Michigan Center for the Book.

The Escanaba Public Library is located at 400 Ludington St. in downtown Escanaba. For details about this author event, call (906) 789-7323 or visit the web at