New books

MARQUETTE – Three books authored by people with Marquette County connections have recently been released:

Andrea Scapino: “Once, Then”

Scarpino, who lives in the Marquette area, has published her full-length poetry debut with the March 15 release of “Once, Then.”

The press release for this poetry collection states: “Andrea Scarpino’s elegies move between personal and political loss, between science, myth, and spirituality, and between lyric intensity and narrative clarity. At their heart is a longing for those we have lost, and an acknowledgement that loss irrevocably changes us and what we understand of the world. Blending mythological figures such as Persephone and Achilles, scientific approaches to knowledge learned from her microbiologist father, and a deep ambivalence regarding religious ideas of death and afterlife, Scarpino’s poems invite us to examine the world, our own place in it, and what to make of its continual collapse.”

Scarpino earned a master in fine arts in creative writing from Ohio State University and has been published in numerous journals.

Released through Red Hen Press, “Once, Then” is available through

Michael K. Sands:


Northern Michigan University graduate Tom Kellogg – writing under the pen name Michael K. Sands – has published a suspense novel called “Exception” through Sturgeon Valley Associates.

The 346-page book is a thriller about a neurobiologist who’s part of a top-secret defense team. Its project is to surgically implant a computer chip into a human’s brain. The story twists and turns with murder, lost love and surprises along the way.

Kellogg and his wife, Jan, live in the northern Lower Peninsula where he’s a teacher at North Central Michigan College.

But there are Upper Peninsula connections.

“We lived on Neebish Island just southeast of Sault Ste. Marie for 12 years,” Kellogg said in an email. “I attended Northern Michigan University from 1987-89 when I graduated with (a bachelor’s) in earth science/mathematics.”

“Exception” can be ordered through the author’s website at or at many U.P. bookstores, including Book World in Marquette.

Charles B.

Smith: “1914”

Westwood High School graduate Charles B. Smith has published a piece of historical fiction, based on a 100-year old period of American history.

“I’ve been interested in (World War I) for quite some time, and ever since high school, I was always disappointed at how little was taught of the conflict, despite it being the defining moment of the 20th century – you don’t get the Second World War without the first,” Smith said in an email.

“Outside of those who take the time to study it themselves, it’s almost as if WWI has been relegated to a historical footnote, and little more. As I accumulated knowledge, I began to imagine a story that followed multiple perspectives, where different characters would witness different events that were either important in the progression of the war (certain battles, for instance), or events that I simply viewed as interesting,” Smith said. “Within that fictional narrative, there would be a lot of genuine historical information that most readers would never have learned otherwise.

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253.