Guest Blogger Rich Chiappone | Listen to this Sentence!

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My wife, a school counselor, came home from work this week with an anecdote about an event called The Battle of the Books, an oddly militaristic moniker for a reading activity, but an undertaking that has the students fired up about literature. She said one of the boys on her school’s team, a fourteen-year-old freshman, looked up from what he … Read More

Guest Blogger Rich Chiappone | No! No! A Thousand Times, No!

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That title is borrowed from an essay by venerable writer and publisher Nick Lyons that appeared in the New York Times Book Review some years ago. Lyons himself borrowed the title from a 1935 animated short film starring Betty Boop. In the cartoon, Betty wails those words to a villain trying to seduce her. But Lyons used them to describe … Read More

Spotlight on Alaska Books | Liar’s Code by Richard Chiappone

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Being Fishermen, my friends and I were all great liars. We fibbed about the monster perch we caught at the end of our street when none of the other kids were around. We jacked up the number of bullheads or sunnies hauled in on family vacations, far from the neighborhood. Fish that got away ballooned with each telling, like the river’s algae blooms in August. All … Read More

Alaska Shorts: “Special,” by Richard Chiappone

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CHAZ PULLED HIS mother’s Outback into the snowed-over parking lot and parked it under the Alaska Recreational Area sign, gaping through the windshield at the three bodies clad in snowmobile suits lying face down on the still-frozen surface of the lake. Another meth deal gone sideways? Maybe. The locals in the jacked-up school buses and Tyvek-mummied shacks in the hills … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Have you enjoyed reading this blog over the last year? Do you look forward to this weekly compilation of literary news and events from around the state? More than 100 Alaskan authors have contributed content in the form of monthly guest blogger stints, opinion pieces on topical issues, interviews, and more. The 49 Writers blog also offers you the opportunity … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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As the year approaches its close, we have been reviewing program activities undertaken by 49 Writers in 2013 in pursuit of our mission: supporting the artistic development of writers throughout Alaska, fostering a writing community, and building an audience for literature. The blog is where it all started in 2008, and it remains a keystone of our programming for Alaska’s … Read More

49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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These days it seems there are Alaska author successes to report every week, a most encouraging trend that we hope is here to stay. Read Michael Dirda’s glowing review of Don Rearden’s The Raven’s Gift in Wednesday’s Washington Post, and then stop by the DeBarr Costco tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 17, 1-3pm to buy a copy or just say “Hi!” to Don. We … Read More

Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

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Thank you to the twenty-five wonderful writers and readers who joined us at our inaugural reading and craft talk at Great Harvest Bread Company on Tuesday, on what turned out the be the perfect spring evening. Writer Mary Albanese read from her memoir, Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon, and  entertained and informed us with her story of writing the book about her adventures as as … Read More