Jeremy Pataky | Once Upon Right Now

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This was originally published last week in the Anchorage Press, the first in a new column there called Yeah Write. April’s half spent, early gulls have been showing up, and the sun is off and running on its night-eating, post-hibernation binge that will last till solstice. Proper spring’s not here yet, but it’s coming on fast. Gravel-crusted snow piles heaped like mine … Read More

49 Writers Literary Roundup | Jan 20-Feb 2

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Have news, events, or opportunities you’d like to see listed here? Email details to info (at) 49writers.org with “Roundup” as the subject. Spread the word. Your message must be received by close of business the Wednesday before the roundup is scheduled to run at the latest. Unless your event falls in the “Opportunities and Awards” category, it should occur no more than … Read More

49 Writers: Eowyn Ivey | A Window Into My Favorite Bookstore

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An author’s dream: You have a new novel coming out and when you drive by your favorite bookstore in the world, they’ve devoted their entire front window to your book. And they’ve also planned a huge book release party. Sometimes dreams do come true. This morning as I drove through downtown Palmer, Alaska, I saw that the front windows of … Read More

Anchorage Members: Meet Literary Agent Jeff Kleinman

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Literary agent Jeff Kleinman  You may have heard how Alaska author Eowyn Ivey met her literary agent, Jeff Kleinman, right here in Alaska at the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference. How her book wasn’t really ready, but she pitched it anyway. How she had to enlist her husband’s help in getting her partial draft from Chickaloon to Homer, where after reading … Read More

From the Archives: Eowyn Ivey on writing partnerships

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After this post first ran at 49 Writers in March of 2011, Eowyn’s novel debuted to worldwide attention. In 2013, her book was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. When I first began work on my debut novel, The Snow Child, I knew I could work fast because the idea was so clear in my mind. But I wanted structure … Read More

Weekly Roundup of News and Events

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Upcoming events at 49 Writers Friday Dec. 12, 7pm: Jimmy Riordan presents Le Roman du Lievre (The Romance of the Rabbit). We’re excited to announce another unique opportunity for the Juneau 49 Writers community in the form of a potluck event hosted by Sarah Isto (1718 Willow Avenue).  In 2008 Jimmy Riordan translated the French poet Francis Jammes’ turn of the century … Read More

Deb: Indies First Saturday, Nov. 29

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I know, I know. The holidays are coming up way too fast. It’s the season of gratitude, and yet your mind is all caught up in that holiday gift-giving extravaganza that begins…well, let’s not go there. This year, how about mixing it up, gratitude with gift list, by showing some love to your favorite independent bookshop? On Saturday, Nov. 29, … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Conference season is upon us and the North Words Writers Symposium got us off to a great start in Skagway last week – thank you Jeff Brady, Buckwheat, and all the other organizers who make this unique event possible. Next year’s keynote will be Mary Roach! Eowyn Ivey, photo by Steven Nowers Coming up next week, Kachemak Bay Writers Conference … Read More

49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Summer has flown by; as everyone gears up for the State Fair, we’re finalizing the details of our fall program. Be sure to check back here next week for information about upcoming creative writing classes, reading & craft talks, and Crosscurrents events. Ron Carlson, photo by Tracy Hall Sept. 4, 7-8:30pm, Anchorage Museum (7th Ave. entrance): Our first Crosscurrents event … Read More