Month: August 2016

Susan McBeth | Connecting People and Communities Through Books

Susan McBeth is part of a group of authors who will visit Anchorage Sept. 24-28, 2016 through an author exchange program sponsored by Adventures by the Book. In partnership with the Alaska Writers Guild, 49 Writers is featuring these visiting authors in workshops at the AWGconference on Saturday, Sept. 24 and also at a members-only salon event on Sunday, …

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Jeremy Pataky | Silences So Deep: A Conversation with John Luther Adams

A slightly shorter version originally appeared in the Anchorage Press, here. photo credit: Pete Woodhead I call John Luther Adams from my cabin near McCarthy. He’s maintained his 907 area code, though I know he’s relocated to New York City after 40 years in Alaska. My spot in the woods seems more akin to his …

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49 Writers | Roundup for Literary Alaska

EVENTS and ANNOUNCEMENTS SOUTHCENTRAL Book launch and celebration: Blue Ticket by Kris Farmen  ANCHORAGE | Friday, August 26 from 7-10 pm at the Writer’s Block Bookstore and Cafe (3956 Spenard Road). Farmen will read from and sign his new novel. Refreshments and additional entertainment as well.  John Luther Adams  ANCHORAGE | The Alaska Humanities Forum will welcome John Luther Adams for a series of events as part …

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49 Writers: Guest Blogger Lucian Childs | Literary Chardonnay: Exploring Alaska’s Urban Wilds

When people Outside think of Alaska, they imagine snow, rugged mountains, sled dog races, grizzlies, homestead cabins and “The Deadliest Catch.” That people would be living up here in an urban context would probably not occur to them. Lucian Childs But over half of us Alaskans live in cities. What makes our experience unique is …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | Bonnye Matthews, ‘The SealEaters, 20,000 BC’

Torq remembered the whale killers hunting the seals. The time they were on the ice with the seals and the whales came by was terrifying to him. Worse was the time the whale killers swam past their little boats chasing a seal. They caught it and tossed it in the air near them. Torq was …

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Alaska Shorts: An Excerpt from Wealth Woman by Deb Vanasse

The excerpt that follows tells of events leading up to the marriage of Shaaw Tlaa (Kate) to prospector George Carmack, who took credit for the discovery of gold in the Klondike. …both [Shaaw Tláa’s husband] Kult’ús and her daughter fell sick, most likely in the late summer or early fall of 1886. As with each …

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Guest Blogger Lucian Childs | Reading My Way to a Gay Life

Tomorrow is the culmination of almost three years of work on the part of myself and my co-editor, Martha Amore. Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry has just been published by the University of Alaska Press. To commemorate the day, I’d like to take a sentimental journey …

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