Month: June 2009

New Alaska Books for Kids

My kids grew up with a dog-eared copy of the Cartwright and Gill classic, Alaska ABCs. They were born and raised in Alaska, and the book taught them a lot about the place they called home. Back then, there weren’t many titles with that kind of relevance for them. Boy, has that changed. The shelves …

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Confessing Geekdom

In her final post for June (loved them all!), featured author Dana Stabenow comes clean on a geeky little secret. I love good science fiction with a consuming passion. I loved Star Trek. TNG, I mean, not TOS. Kirk blows, Picard rocks, game over. I didn’t hate DS9 after the war with the Dominion started, …

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Discussion: TIDE, FEATHER, SNOW

Enter your comments here about Miranda Weiss’s TIDE, FEATHER, SNOW: A Life in Alaska. Note that to comment, you have the option (even if you don’t have a Google account) of just entering your name as the third ‘identity option’ (any name you wish to use; pseudonyms are acceptable). If you have trouble, you may …

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49 writers weekly roundup

First things first: our online discussion of Miranda Weiss’s TIDE, FEATHER, SNOW will open today at about 4 p.m. I’ll start a fresh thread, and all are invited to post comments there through the weekend, until Sunday evening. This is our third online book club, and the way it works as that the moderator (Andromeda, …

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Here’s to You: Guest post by Kelly Thompson

I’ve been hearing from lots of writers who were inspired by this year’s Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, including Kelly, who provided us with this report. I’m so excited that Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours (great book) will be next year’s keynote speaker. Lucky us!Since attending my first Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference in 2005, I’ve …

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Make Room for Writing

School’s out, giving poet Erin Hollowell, also a secondary teacher in Cordova, a chance to weigh in on the challenges of juggling writing with a busy day job. When I called my father to tell him that I was switching my undergraduate major from Biomedical Engineering to English he remarked, “And how are you going …

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Writing History

Kate Shugak trouncing bad guys in the 14th century? Okay, not exactly, but featured author Dana Stabenow has a historical novel in the works. Is that cool or what? I’m writing an historical novel set in the 14th century, and for a long time I obsessed over how to avoid anachronism, particularly in dialogue. [Example: …

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49 writers weekly roundup

The good news is, conference reports continue to roll in. We have one more about Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, which I’ll post Wednesday. If you have more to add, please do! I want to hear from as many Alaska writers and readers as possible. The bads news is, I have very little for this roundup. …

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Musings on Kachemak Bay and Li-Young Lee: a guest post by Bill Sherwonit

Heading down to Homer and the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, I knew next to nothing about the “widely acclaimed poet” and keynote speaker Li-Young Lee. That largely has to do with my general ignorance about the world of poetry, beyond a few favorites (both local and nationally). Gary Snyder, Robert Bly, or Mary Oliver I …

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Zander and possibility

Bill’s comments at the end about scarcity versus abundance remind me of a video I stumbled upon just this week (thanks to Emily over at her Stark Raving Cello blog), in which orchestra conductor and inspirational speaker extraordinaire Benjamin Zander talks to an audience about living in a world of possibility instead of negative downward …

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