Lunch with Author tickets now on sale

IRON RIVER—The next Lunch with an Author event, sponsored by the Friends of the West Iron District Library, will be held on Wednesday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m. in the J. Patrick White Conference room.  
    The cost of a ticket for the lunch and presentation is $6. Tickets will be on sale during library business hours between Wednesday, April 25 and Monday, May 14. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable. Seating is limited.  No phone reservations will be taken.  
    The featured author is Ellen Airgood, whose debut novel “South of Superior” was named a Michigan Notable Book in 2012.  The novel was featured on National Public Radio’s Radio Reader.  
    “South of Superior” tells the story of Madeline Stone who leaves her Chicago life to live in the Upper Peninsula.  Madeline learns that it’s a place where friendship, community, and compassion run deep. The novel has been described as “full of heart.”
    Airgood’s other works include the award-winning Prairie Evers, a Bank Street Best Book for middle schoolers and The Education of Ivy Blake, a companion book to Prairie Evers.  Her writing also appears in “The Way North: New Upper Peninsula Writings.”
    At age 25, Airgood came to the Upper Peninsula on a camping trip where she met the man she would marry.  She now lives in Grand Marais on the shore of Lake Superior and spends her time writing and running a diner with her husband. She attributes life in a remote, small town and her experiences in the restaurant as the route she took to becoming a writer.  
    “I didn’t get an MFA or study writing in school,” Airgood said. “Fate brought me here, to the end of the earth and a tiny town that time forgot. My customers have given me good practice as a storyteller, too. Most of what I know about maturity and compassion, not to mention story, I’ve learned from waiting tables.”
    A book signing will take place following the presentation.  Books will be available to purchase. Copies of “South of Superior” are also available to check out at the library.
    For more information, contact the library at 265-2831.