Spotlight on Alaska Books | Upon this Rock by David Marusek

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IT WOULD BE hard to return to sleep this late in the day, but Poppy yawned and turned over to try anyway. No dice. First the front door slammed, and someone stomped their boots on the mat. Then there was a lot of urgent-sounding jibber-jabber through the wall. Then the door slammed again. More boot stomping, more jibber-jabber. Finally, the … Read More

Alaska Shorts: “Sex on a Glacier,” by David Marusek

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from the chapter “Trash Run” CASEY WAS AT Mail Day when he overheard a couple of locals talking about Orion Beehymer’s great grandnephew’s car accident. Beehymer was the area’s eldest old-timer. He had come to McHardy in the 1960s, well before the establishment of the park. His great grandnephew, who lived down in Oregon, had been texting while driving and … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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The board of 49 Writers is delighted to welcome two new members from Juneau, Joan Pardes and Katrina Pearson. Board president Don Rearden speaks for all of us when he says, “We’re excited to add Joan and Katrina to our ranks for so many reasons, including the incredible breadth of experience and knowledge they’ll bring to our organization.” Joan has … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Thank you to Marybeth Holleman for her absorbing reading and craft talk last night at Great Harvest Bread Company–and for bringing the important life’s work of Gordon Haber to a wider audience, when it could have so easily been consigned to obscurity. The research of this determined and passionate scientist found its way to an equally determined and passionate writer: … Read More

49 Writers Weekly Round-up

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This semester, 49 Writers is offering classes in Anchorage, Juneau, and Palmer. Our thanks go to the Juneau Empire for spreading the word there! Sign up to avoid disappointment; registrations are coming in daily. If you want to focus in-depth on one piece of work or one aspect of your writing, don’t miss the opportunity to apply for one of … Read More

49 Writers Weekly Round-up

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It’s our pleasure to announce the Spring 2013 class schedule at 49 Writers, which we hope includes something of interest to everyone. This season our faculty includes popular writers from points north and south, whose experience as authors and educators brings breadth and depth to the lineup. The common theme that has emerged is our desire to understand the boundaries … Read More

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Happy St. Andrew’s Day to one and all! Now that the holiday season is officially under way, here are a couple of 49 Writers event to get you in a celebratory mood: On December 3, 7:00 pm, at Great Harvest Bread Company, celebrated Alaskan chef Kirsten Dixon will give a Reading & Craft Talk entitled “Stirring Words” –a discussion of … Read More

David Marusek: Cover Story

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The German edition of Fairbanks author David Marusek’s story collection, ‘Wir waren außer uns vor Glück,’ is a finalist for the Kurd Lasswitz Preis. Wunderbar!A few weeks ago Andromeda wrote an excellent post on the topic of book covers. Publishers, especially the big houses, seem to hold the opinion that cover design is an esoteric art best left to the … Read More

David Marusek: Quick and Dirty Ebook Conversion

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So you want to make an ebook. While a single (albeit longer than usual) posting can’t do justice to the method for turning your manuscript into a Kindle- or Nook-ready file, an outline of the process may be beneficial. So, here’s a list of the things you’ll need: your manuscript, a cover, a conversion app, a proofing app, and a … Read More