Andromeda: 4.9 Questions for Bernadette Murphy, author of Harley and Me: Embracing Risk On the Road to a More Authentic Life

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A 48-year-old woman facing middle-age malaise and the upheaval of divorce becomes a motorcycle enthusiast, turning her own quest into a larger meditation on why we need risk in order to live fuller lives. That’s the premise of Bernadette Murphy’s new memoir, Harley and Me, published in May. Murphy teaches creative nonfiction in the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA program, … Read More

An interview with Brian Doyle, this year’s North Words Keynote

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What do you love? Kids, hawks, the smallest falcons (are kestrels not the baddest asses there are? Don’t they look like tiny linebackers?), and the way my wife Mary says a ha! when she is occasionally right about something. Also almost all music. Also grace under duress, and humility. Humility might be the coolest thing of all, the final frontier, … Read More

Art Talk with Ron Spatz of the Alaska Quarterly Review

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This interview of Ron Spatz, editor-in-chief and founding editor of Alaska Quarterly Review was originally posted in 2011 on the Art Works Blog on the National Endowments for the Arts webpage. AQR is published by the University Alaska Anchorage and is without a doubt one of the nation’s best literary magazines, as noted by The Washington Post Book World. Art … Read More

From Our Archives: Author Interview with Bill Streever

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“I am sorry to say that ordinary scientific books are in nearly every case written by men who have no capacity to explain anything.” Anchorage author Bill Streever set out in part to defy this assertion by Thomas Edison, writing a book on ordinary topic that has proved to be anything but ordinary. In fact, since hitting the shelves a … Read More

From Our Archives: An Interview with Debby Dahl Edwardson

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Debby Dahl Edwardson Way back in 2008, before Debby Dahl Edwardson’s My Name is Not Easy was nominated for the National Book Award, we interviewed her about her writing process and her passion for “Alaska’s Books for Alaska’s Kids,” now taking shape as an initiative to be piloted in several Alaska school districts next year. What have you learned about … Read More

A “literature of epic proportions”: Interview with sci-fi writer David Marusek

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Fairbanks author David Marusek’s first novel, Counting Heads, was translated into French, Russian, Czech, and Romanian. His stories are in those languages, as well as Italian, Japanese, Polish, and Dutch. In January, Tor Books published Mind Over Ship, the sequel to Counting Heads. The plot, according to the publisher: “The year is 2135, and the international program to seed the … Read More

“About Face” and Alaska film opportunities: Interview with Mary Katzke

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Mary Katzke, a filmmaker who has put together several successful films through her Anchorage company AffinityFilms, was recently named head of the newly reopened Alaska Film Office. But before she got that post, she finished work on a major project — a documentary called “About Face,” which was five years in the making, completed Jan. 1 of this year. In … Read More

Adapting “The Kids from Nowhere” : Interview with Deborah Schildt

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Yesterday’s post was about Hollywood coming after an Alaska writer’s novella. Now imagine the process in reverse, with a twist — a local reader (with lots of film experience) comes across an Alaska book, loves it enough to consider adapting it into a screenplay, and works hard to get it ready for Hollywood’s attention. Thanks to Deborah Schildt of Anchorage … Read More