49 Writers Inspiration Series: Paul Greci & Heather Lende

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49 Writers Inspiration Series: Paul Greci

Recorded: Tuesday, September 13 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
via Zoom

Inspiration is a 49 Writers series in which Writer Laureate Heather Lende will interview some of Alaska’s premier writers about their work, process, and the writing life.

Paul Greci is the award-winning author of four Alaska wilderness survival novels (Surviving Bear Island, Follow the River, The Wild Lands, and Hostile Territory.) Surviving Bear Island is the Alaska Reads book for 2022-23. Paul has spent most of his 30-year teaching career working with struggling and reluctant readers in Fairbanks, Alaska and when writing his stories, he aims to engage this population. When Paul isn’t teaching or writing you can find him running and walking the trails around Fairbanks, sea kayaking in Prince William Sound, or curled up with a good book next to the woodstove.

Heather Lende is the Alaska State Writer Laureate and the author of four bestselling memoirs from Algonquin Books, the 2020 Alaska Reads pick, Find the Good, If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name, Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs, and most recently Of Bears and Ballots about her contentious 2016-19 term on the Haines Borough Assembly. Her many essays and stories, mostly about life and sometimes death, have been distributed widely. Heather is a former Anchorage Daily News and Alaska Dispatch columnist and contributing editor at Woman’s Day magazine and has written hundreds of obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News in Haines where she lives with her husband Chip. They have five adult children. She is the recipient of the 2021 Middlebury College distinguished alumni award, the Alaska Governor’s Award for Arts and Humanities, the Episcopal Bishop of Alaska’s Bishop’s Cross award, and the Jason Wegner Memorial Writing Award from UAA, where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing.

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