Thank you to Marybeth Holleman for her absorbing reading and craft talk last night at Great Harvest Bread Company–and for bringing the important life’s work of Gordon Haber to a wider audience, when it could have so easily been consigned to obscurity. The research of this determined and passionate scientist found its way to an equally determined and passionate writer: not just his field notes and findings but even his poetic tweets. Despite the difficult road conditions, a few brave souls made the trip to the bakery and were amply rewarded for the effort.
We are most grateful to the ever-generous Dirk and Barb at Great Harvest Bread for hosting another successful Reading & Craft Talk season.
If you weren’t able to make it last night, Marybeth has additional author events scheduled next week: Saturday Dec. 14, 4-6pm: Book signing at Fireside Books in Palmer, and Sunday Dec. 15, 2pm: One-hour presentation and book signing at Eagle River Nature Center. This will be the same full presentation as at her October book launch.
Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2-4pm, Loussac Library Teen Underground: Artist/author, Shanley McCauley presents a workshop for teens (13-19), using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on methods. Topics such as initial sketches and thumbnails, reference gathering, page layout, and composing in perspective are covered. Bring your sketchbooks and personal projects. Co-sponsored with the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Check out the “Qanga: Drawing the Past” exhibit on view through Jan. 12, 2014.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s NaNoWriNo (National Novel Writing Month)–we followed the progress of some of you in the 49 Writers Facebook Discussion Group, and are in awe of your productivity and dedication to the project, despite the occasional moment of despair!
Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-3pm, Loussac Library Innovation Lab: Celebrate the end of NaNoWriMon with a TGIO Pary! Whether you’ve written 50 words or 50,000 words, we know you worked hard. Mark the end of your journey with fellow NaNos and plan what comes next.
December 15, 5pm, Del Shirley Room, Allen Hall (on SJ Campus), Sitka: Join the Island Institute for a reading and conversation between John Daniel and Carolyn Servid. Fellow-writers, colleagues, and friends for over fifteen years, this is the first time they have had the opportunity to read together. John Daniel is the author of two memoirs Looking After and Rogue River Journal, and the poetry collections All Things Touched by the Wind and Of Earth: New and Selected Poems, among other books. He is a past faculty member of the Island Institute’s Sitka Symposium, and is here this fall working on his first novel. Carolyn Servid is the author of the memoir Of Landscape and Longing and editor of three anthologies, including From the Island’s Edge: A Sitka Reader and The Book of the Tongass. $15 admission; hors d’oeuvres, wine, and cider will be served.
Calling all poets! We hear there is still some room to register for Jeremy Pataky’s Advanced Writers’ Workshop: Poetry–CWLA A452, Spring Semester 2014 at UAA.
January 6-10, 2014, 6-8pm, UAF Fairbanks Campus: Publish your ebook on Kindle and Nook. Fairbanks author David Marusek is offering another non-credit course on self-publishing ebooks as part of the 2014 WINTERmester. Do you have a manuscript you’d like to publish as an ebook for sale but you don’t want to pay someone hundreds of dollars to design and distribute it for you? We’ll cover the basics of file conversion, cover design, proofing, and uploading to major online booksellers. Come with words and an image idea for a cover and learn how to turn them into a published ebook. CRN: 39057, classes held on Monday-Wednesday-Friday.
Get writing! February 10 is the deadline for submitting work to the 2014 UAA/Anchorage Daily News Creative writing contest.
Another Alaska writer attracting national attention is poet Joan Naviyuk Kane: click here for the New York Times interview with Joan, author of the recently published collection Hyberboreal. “I am mesmerized by these poems, their sonorous pathways across time and place; how they absorb and let me linger awhile in their stark beauty. Joan Kane has created a genuine indigenous poetic, irreducible, a point of reorigination and new beginnings. Hyperboreal will be remembered and celebrated.”
Congratulations to local author Lynn Lovegreen, whose young adult/new adult historical romance Fools Gold is now available in ebook ($3.99) or print ($10.99) format at her publisher, Prism Book Group or on Amazon, Smashwords, or All About Romance.