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Authors Tom Bissell and Ron Riekki - Reading and Conversation

  • Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse 1010 Foothill Boulevard La Cañada Flintridge, CA, 91011 United States (map)

And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing 1917-2017, an anthology - edited by Ron Riekki and including a short story by award-winning writer Tom Bissell, co-author of The Disaster Artist (soon to be a motion picture)

Ron Riekki and Tom Bissell are both from the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan.

Ron Riekki wrote U.P.:a novel (optioned by Dikenga Films) and has received awards for editing two anthologies of Upper Peninsula Michigan writers. His fiction and poetry have been published in numerous literary journals, including Threepenny Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Wigleaf, Spillway, Rattle, and Dune Review, among others.

Tom Bissell has published nine books, been awarded the Rome Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Writers Guild of America Award. He currently lives in Los Angeles. His story "Death Defier," included in And Here, is about a journalist with roots in Michigan's Upper Peninsula lost in Afghanistan during the early days of the American war.

Bissell’s (and Greg Sestero’s) book The Disaster Artist, adapted into a movie starring James Franco, is about the making of the cult film The Room (2003). His story "Expensive Trips Nowhere" was filmed as The Loneliest Planet (2011). His story "Aral" was filmed as Werner Herzog's Salt and Fire (2016).