EVENTS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
ANCHORAGE | The Alaska Humanities Forum will welcome John Luther Adams for a series of events as part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative to celebrate excellence in journalism and the arts.
ARTIST’S TALK & RECEPTION | Friday, September 2, Talk: 7 P.M. | Reception 8 P.M. at Anchorage Museum. A growing number of geologists believe we have entered a new period – the Anthropocene – in which the dominant geologic force is humanity itself. What does this mean for a composer, or for any creative artist working in any medium today?
VEILS AND VESPER INSTALLATION | Friday & Saturday, September 2 & 3 | 6 P.M. – midnight. Veils and Vesper is a series of distinct but related electronic pieces written
Tickets for the first Arctic Entries storytelling event of the season go on sale at 2 pm, Tuesday, September 6th. The actual event is the following week, Tuesday September 13th, at 7:30 pm. Details.
ANCHORAGE | UAA Professor Emerita Phyllis Fast
September 6 from 5-7 pm
UAA Professor Emerita Phyllis
Fast discusses her mystery books, Half-Bead of Fundy and Midnight Trauma.
Emerita Phyllis Fast is an anthropologist, artist and mystery writer. Author of
the acclaimed Northern Athabascan Survival Women, Community, and the
Future, her current focus is writing Alaska Native mysteries. At this
event she discusses Half-Bead of Fundy and Midnight Trauma, which
take place in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Fast‘s heritage is Koyukon Athabascan and white American. She was born in
Anchorage, in 1946 to Elsie and Oscar Fast, graduated from East Anchorage High
School. Her academic accomplishments include earning a B.A. in English
from the University of Alaska, an interdisciplinary Master of Arts from UAA,
and a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University. After teaching at UAF
and UAA, she retired Professor Emerita in 2014. She now lives in
Historian Erika Monahan discusses her book The Merchants of
Siberia: Trade in Early Modern Eurasia, recently nominated for the 2016
Early Slavic Studies Association Book Prize. She’ll offer a fresh
analysis of Siberian trade and the Russia state during the late sixteenth
through eighteenth centuries. According
to Donald Ostrowski (Muscovy and the Mongols), “Erika Monahan sets
out nothing less than a revision of the way we imagine the Muscovite economy in
the early modern era. With a deeply researched examination of trade and
commerce across Eurasia, she challenges a number of ingrained assumptions about
Russian trade policies as backwards, xenophobic, state-driven, and
Dr. Liu Zhen presents Political Ideas Conceived in the Zhouyi (The Book of
Change). Zhen is Associate Professor at China University of Political Science
and Law and currently a visiting professor at College of William and Mary
Confucius Institute. His talk will focus on the rituals, political
advocacy, and virtuous pursuit conceived in the Book of Change (Zhouyi) for
government administrators. And it will analyze the value of traditional
ideas in the Zhouyi for contemporary social developments. This
event is sponsored by the UAA Confucius Institute and the UAA Campus Bookstore.
Author Richard Chiappone presents Liar’s Code: Growing Up Fishing (Skyhorse Publishing). It is full of warm, funny, and
memorable musings on a life spent fishing. According to E. Donnall Thomas Jr., author of Redfish, Bluefish, Ladyfish, Snook, “Rich Chiappone has accomplished a goal even
more challenging than landing a permit on a fly: the creation of a classic.” Richard Chiappone is a two-time recipient of the Robert
Traver Award and author of Opening Days, a
collection of essays, stories and poems, and the short story collection Water
of an Undetermined Depth. His
writing has appeared in Alaska
Magazine, Playboy, Gray’s
Sporting Journal, and The Sun; and in literary journals
including Crescent Review, Missouri Review, and ZYZZYVA. He teaches writing in the UAA Master of Fine Arts
Program and serves on the faculty of the annual Kachemak Bay Writers’
Conference. He lives in Homer with his wife and cats.
Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot, Sports Campus West
HOMER | Debra Magpie Earling Reading
Thursday, September 8th, at Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College UAA. Debra is the author of The Lost Journals of Sacajawea and Perma Red, recipient of the American Book Award and the Western Writers Association Spur Award, and and Gugggenheim Award (2007). She directs the University of Montana’s Creative Writing program and is the guest instructor for the 7th annual 49 Writers Tutka Bay Writers Retreat. Free and open to the public.
PALMER | Kitty Morse, September 24
ANCHORAGE | 49 Writers Salon Meet
and Greet | Includes informal panel (20 – 30
minutes). Sunday, September 25, 2015, 5-7pm. This
informal meet-and-greet 49 Writers potluck event (BYOB) is open by invitation
only to all members of 49 Writers, Alaska SCBWI, and the Alaska Writers Guild. Visiting
authors Susan McBeth, Kathi
Diamant, Marivi Soliven, Kitty Morse will speak as an informal
panel on their success with novel ways of connecting readers with their books.
Members are welcome to bring one guest. RSVP by email (info@49Writers.org) to receive the address. Stay tuned for more info.
ANCHORAGE | Publication Consultants, in association with Alaska Book Week, is hosting the Great Alaska Book Fair sponsored in part by The Mall at Sears and Anchorage Public Library. They suggest that anyone interested in participating in The Great Alaska Book Fair respond before all tables are reserved. Concurrent event will include: a Farmer’s Market, a Sidewalk Sale and the Better Business Bureau’s Shred Day, and a Financial Fitness Fair; it’s the same day that The Mall at Sears features an annual sidewalk sale to coincide with the release of Permanent Fund Dividends. If you’re interested you can sign up for a table here. Book fair hours are 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Tables will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Authors are responsible for their own sales—and pocket all the money. There will not be a central check out register. There is a charge of $50 per table. Authors may share tables if they’d like.
meet-and-greet at MUSE
ANCHORAGE | Tickets are selling for the Anchorage Concert Association’s David Sedaris appearance on May 13, 2017. David Sedaris is one of America’s preeminent humor
FAIRBANKS | The Folk School offers a semester-long class for high school students who want to become better essay writers. Details and registration here.
OUT OF STATE
BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON | A Cirque reading will be held at the Mount Baker Theater, Encore Room, August 28, at 3 pm. more info
The Alaska Literary Awards are open to poets, playwrights, screenwriters, writers of fiction and literary nonfiction, writers of multi-genre, cross-genre, or genre-defying work. Any Alaska writer over 18 who is not a full-time student is eligible to apply. Quality of the work is the primary consideration in determining who receives the awards. $5,000 awards will be given, all from privately donated funds. Apply at www.callforentry.org by Sept. 1, 2016 at 9:59 AKDT.
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