Busy, busy. So much to do. But how about stopping by Snow City Cafe on West 4th Avenue tomorrow (Friday) evening for the AQR First Friday series? There will be an art opening at 5:30 followed at 7:00 by live music and readings from Alaska Quarterly Review’s 25th anniversary issues.
Staying home instead? If you’re blog-hopping and haven’t heard about the recent paperback release of my novel THE SPANISH BOW, check out this interview/online book club discussion (comments always welcome — don’t be shy) hosted at Editorial Ass. Yes, she’s the same blogger who is running that awesome editorial-advice fundraiser for a friend struck by lymphoma. She raised over $1000 on her first day and I know that at least a few of you helped out. Very cool.
And also, I just stumbled across yet another Alaska blog that showed up this summer: The unauthorized MTS Gallery Blog. I’ve just started looking at it.
I think we can call 2008 the year of the blog in Alaska. (Yes, about 4 years behind the rest of the country, but I guess that’s no surprise.) In August alone several got started and we’ve all heard about the local political blogs getting thousands+ of visits. Does this make our print newspapers less necessary? Or did the ascent of Palin show us how little we all knew about our governor, meaning that local, hard-hitting print news is needed more than ever? (I know some folks who still wish we could get the Daily News to run more book reviews, a topic we’ll revisit at some point soon on this blog.) Would love to hear your thoughts…