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Watch Bridge Culture Club discussion of the novel ‘Tin Camp Road'

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Author and Michigan resident Ellen Airgood joins Bridge Michigan to talk about her novel set in the Upper Peninsula.
  • On Wednesday, Bridge Michigan hosted its latest Culture Club, a  discussion of the family-focused novel  ‘Tin Camp Road’
  • Author and Upper Peninsula resident Ellen Airgood spoke about the book and answered readers’ questions 
  • Watch a recording of the event 

Bridge Culture Club, Bridge Michigan’s bimonthly Michigan-focused media discussion series, resumed Wednesday with a discussion of “Tin Camp Road” by author Ellen Airgood, who lives in Deer Park near Lake Superior. 


More than 110 readers joined Bridge and Airgood for a discussion of her big-hearted 2021 novel. 

“Tin Camp Road” tells the story of a mother and her 10-year-old daughter and their fight for a stable life amid the poverty of the Upper Peninsula. “Tin Camp Road” was chosen as the Library of Congress's "Great Reads from Great Places" Michigan selection for 2023.

Airgood discussed setting her books in the Upper Peninsula, character development, the role of family and community in “Tin Camp Road,” her life as a Michigander, balancing writing and owning a small business as well as the reaction to the book.

Bridge Michigan hosts bimonthly discussions on books with ties to Michigan. Previous sessions have featured "The World According to Fannie Davis," by Bridgett M. Davis, “Arc of Justice,” by Kevin Boyle, “The Women of the Copper Country,” by Mary Doria Russell, “Black Bottom Saints,” by Alice Randall, “Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret,” by Steve Luxenberg, “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” by Dan Egan, “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley, “Wounds” by Razel Jones and Daniel Abbott, “The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls” by Anissa Gray, “The Other Me” by Sarah Zachrich Jeng, “The Dockporter” by Dave McVeigh and Jim Bolone, “You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair is in Braids” by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang “The King of Confidence” by Miles Harvey, “What the Eyes Don’t See” by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, “American Salvage” by Bonnie Jo Campbell, “We Kept Our Towns Going” by Phyllis Michael Wong, the film “Bad Axe,” directed by David Siev, “Once We Were Here” by Christopher Cosmos and “August Snow” by Stephen Mack Jones.


Our next Culture Club event is in April. Watch for an announcement in March.

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Nearly 600 Bridge members received a free e-copy of “Tin Camp Road” so they could take part in our February Culture Club. If you would like free electronic copies of future selections, join Bridge Club today.

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