Cari Noga’s first published story, a profile of the new math teacher at her suburban Detroit junior high, hooked her on seeing her name in print.

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She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1991 and for 10 years covered everything from politics to pigs and school boards to soybeans at daily newspapers in Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan. She landed in Traverse City, Mich. in 1997 for a summer job. Twenty years later, she’s still there. Her first book, Road Bicycling: Michigan, a guidebook to bicycling in the state, was published by The Globe-Pequot Press in 2005. From 2007-2009 she wrote a blog, “Michigan Grapevine,” and self-syndicated a companion column.

Her debut novel, Sparrow Migrations, was first written during National Novel Writing Month in 2010 and she self-published it in 2013. Publishers Weekly described the manuscript as “brimming with humanity and grace.” Sparrow’s protagonist, Robby Palmer, a 12-year-old boy with autism, and his parents, Sam and Linda, embody many experiences Cari and her husband have had as parents to a son with autism. It was acquired by Lake Union Publishing an imprint of Amazon Publishing, in 2014 and re-released in paperback, digital, and audio formats in June 2015. A five-part small-screen miniseries adaptation is now in development.

Lake Union will release her second novel in May 2018.


Cari lives in Traverse City with her husband and their two children. In her spare time she enjoys writing haiku on Twitter.