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EVENTS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
We’re putting together our upcoming season of workshops, classes, Reading & Craft Talk Series and Crosscurrents events, and special events. Registration will open soon for classes in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Seward!
Thanks to everyone who came out to see Louise Erdrich in Anchorage and Homer, and to the wonderful group of writers who participated in this year’s Tutka Bay Writers Retreat, led by Erdrich.
Alaska Quarterly Review will try out an online submissions platform for the first time ever as a trial run. Learn more.
HOMER | Nancy Lord presents her latest book, the novel pH, at the Homer Public Library, September 15, 2017 at 6 pm. Refreshments from Two Sisters!
KODIAK | Nancy Lord appears at the Kodiak Public Library at 6:30 PM, September 18, 2017
ANCHORAGE | Poetry Parley kicks off a new season, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7 pm, with readings from area poets including, Eric Johnson, Linda Lucky, Tonja Woelber, Sandra Kleven, Mary Beth Holleman, Susan Niman, Marilyn Borell, Karen Tschannen, Dawnell Smith, Dwayne Cole, and Mary Kancewick. This event will be hosted by Tonja Woelber. Email email@example.com for the address. Also, send a note if you would like to read as a few spaces are still available.
ANCHORAGE | Book signing by Rick Kullberg, author of Troll Tale: A Saga of Two Young Girls, on Saturday, September 23, 2017 book at 2 Friends Gallery, 341 E. Benson Blvd., Anchorage; 1-3 pm. Book Description: The prophecy of a Norse shaman sends two young girls, one of whom is a troll, on a saga that takes them across the frozen lands of Scandinavia, out to sea in the North Atlantic, and deep into the spirit worlds of the Inuit and the Vikings. Relying on their friendship, wits and help from unexpected allies, the children face adventures that challenge their very survival. Troll Tale is a book for all ages, nonviolent but packed with adventure. It is a large format, museum quality hardcover book with 47 illustrations. The author is a 40-year resident of Anchorage and Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
ANCHORAGE | Saturday, September 23 at 1 pm
Doug Vandegraft presents More Notorious Bars of Alaska | Based on Doug Vandegraft’s 14 years of research, A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska details the rich history and atmosphere of noteworthy Alaskan bars. Several of the bars featured have been around since the end of Prohibition in 1933, and have gained legendary repute in their communities and beyond. Doug Vandegraft has worked as a Cartographer for the Department of the Interior since 1983. He began his notorious bars of Alaska project in 1999, while still living in Anchorage. A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska is published by Epicenter Press. A revised second edition of the guide will soon be released. Doug will give a presentation about the latest edition of the book, including a summary of the notorious bars that have closed since the first edition, and the bars that have been added to the second edition. Everyone is invited to come and share laughs and stories. Free parking at UAA on Saturdays.
ANCHORAGE | October 3, 2017 at 6 PM, Cynosure Brewing Co. Nancy Lord will share passages from her new book, pH: A Novel, and talk about oceans and the environment in this outreach event hosted by Trustees for Alaska. Snacks, beverages and books available. Facebook event.
ANCHORAGE | October 4, 2017 at 5 PM, Nancy Lord, author of the new novel pH, joins acidification scientist Darcy Dugan for a science-focused event featuring a reading and conversation.
ANCHORAGE | October 25, 2017 at 7 PM, Nancy Lord will present a 49 Writers Reading & Craft Talk Series event. Details TBA.
FAIRBANKS | Pioneer Park Theater, Friday, September 22, 2017, 7 pm | Meanwhile, in Alaskaland… A Live Alaskan Storytelling Event and Fundraiser presents Animal Tales to support Loving Companions Animal Rescue, Inc. Happy Hour/Silent Auction starts at 6 pm. Storytellers wanted. email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
JUNEAU | September 15, 2017, 6:30 PM sign ups, 7 PM start. Open Mic at Zach Gordon Youth Center.
HAINES | Haines Public Library will welcome author, explorer, and mycologist Lawrence Millman to Haines. Millman will share a reading from his latest book At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 6 PM at the Haines Library. Then on Wednesday, he will lead an interpretive mushroom walk starting at Battery Point Trailhead at 1:00 PM. That evening Millman will share his multimedia presentation on Traditional Uses of Fungi at the Library at 6 PM. Sponsored by Shorefast Editions, Babbling Book, Friends of the Library and the Haines Borough Public Library.
JUNEAU | Friday, September 29 at Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building at 395 Whittier Street.
49 Writers, Inc., in partnership with NEA Big Read, Juneau Public Libraries, Friends of JPL, the Alaska State Library and Museum, and the Friends of the Alaska State Library and Museum, kickoff a series of Big Read programs. 5-5:30: refreshments by the Friends of the Alaska State Library and Museum. 5:30pm: 49 Writers presents a Crosscurrents Keynote event:
Living and Creating in the Aftermath
In this NEA Big Read keynote event, playwright Vera Starbard, poet Joan Naviyuk Kane, and novelist Don Rearden discuss the power of art in a colonized, indigenous Alaska.Through an examination of their own work and the Big Read selection, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, the panel will discuss the notion that “survival is insufficient” in the wake of widespread cultural and social upheaval. Their live onstage conversation will precede a Q and A session and book signing.
JUNEAU | Saturday, September 30, 2017 | A morning 49 Writers writing workshop led by Don Rearden and an afternoon poetry workshop led by Joan Naviyuk Kane will be held in the APK Building classroom at 395 Whittier Street. Registration details and more to be announced soon.
WRANGELL | Flying Island Writers & Artists group meets every other Monday 6:30-8:00 pm. Contact Vivian Faith Prescott for more information email@example.com
CONFERENCES, RETREATS, and RESIDENCIES
2017 Conference for Writers and Illustrators, a partnership between Alaska Writers Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and Romance Writers of America, begins Saturday, September 16 at the BP Energy + Conference Center in Anchorage, Alaska for an all-day event of keynotes and panels, as well as tracks specifically designed for writing craft, author marketing, traditional publishing, self publishing, romance, children’s literature, memoir, and nonfiction. Optional intensives and roundtable critiques are also available all day Friday, September 15. More
The Northern Pen Conference of Prose and Music is coming up October 12-15, 2017. It helps young writers and composers hone their crafts, develop as collaborative artists, and understand how they fit into the communities and natural environments that inspire them. The primary activity of the conference will be the creation of new works of prose and music. Students will enjoy time dedicated to writing in the beautiful natural environment surrounding the conference center. They will benefit from the personalized feedback of award-winning author Matthew Dickerson and composer Michael Dickerson, and they will gain new skills and perspectives through interactive workshops led by interdisciplinary artist Hollis Mickey. Finally, they will have opportunities to present their work during the conference in collaboration with their peers, as well as after the conference in radio broadcasts, museum performances, and gallery presentations. The Northern Pen will give young artists support as they define and realize their artistic visions. The conference center is nestled in the Matanuska Valley between the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains, just ten minutes away from the spectacular Matanuska Glacier. There will be various activities and excursions to take advantage of the beautiful surrounding wilderness. Learn more.
OPPORTUNITIES and AWARDS for WRITERS
Alaska Book Week will be October 1-7, 2017. Authors interested in participating are encouraged to contact Elizabeth Waetjen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 30, 2017 is the deadline to apply for a 2018 artist residency at Denali National Park. Visual artists, writers, and composers are eligible.
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