September 2016

Roundup for Literary Alaska

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American Wild

Spotlight on Alaska Books | American Wild by Michael Engelhard

I already am wearing her mark, a paw-print tattooed on my thigh. Down in Tucson, twenty-some years ago, cooped up in a ranch job, I tried to invoke wildness with this ink stencil-totem. I’ve had a bearish streak since childhood—bearish moods and manners combined with a blockhead—that only worsens as I age. If you’ve seen …

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Mary Catharine Martin | On Writing Characters Who Don’t Look Like You

For the last few years, I’ve been conflicted about something integral to fiction: writing characters with different backgrounds and experiences from me. I am white, and though I now live in Alaska, my family has deep roots in the south. I have benefited in pretty major and obvious ways from white privilege. I don’t want …

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New Digs for the Blog!

It’s been almost nine years to the day since Deb Vanasse posted the very first post on this blog. 49 Writers was not yet a nonprofit organization back then, we had not started offering classes and events, and the blog still had its original name—49 Writers, No Moose. Deb’s first sentence in that first post …

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Roundup for Literary Alaska

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | Lizbeth Meredith: Pieces of Me

Prologue: AFTERMATH 2016 Sometimes I’m asked if I feel lucky. Usually, it’s after I’ve given a presentation about domestic violence or the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, and in the context of “Aren’t you glad all the bad stuff happened when your kids were little?” As though prebirth and early childhood experiences are any less impactful. The truth is, I do feel …

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Guest Blogger Mary Catharine Martin | What Makes a Fascinating — or Endearing — Character?

I recently finished Tales of Burning Love, by Louise Erdrich. The book centers around a man named Jack Mauser, the women who love or have loved him, and their families. Jack is a womanizer—a woman-lover, one might say, as he approaches all his encounters with as pure a heart as a womanizer could. One of his (successive) wives is …

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Kathi Diamant | Dispatch from Berlin: You’ve Got To Be There

Kathia Diamant is visiting 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 AWG conference on Saturday, Sept. 24 and also at a members-only salon event on Sunday, Sept. 25 (details here).   Prenzlauer …

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49 Writers | Roundup for Literary Alaska

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