49 Writers weekly round-up

And here we are, three days from our online discussion of Cindy Dyson’s And She Was. It’s not too late to check out our interview with Dyson and pick up the novel for a great weekend read. Then stop by anytime Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 28 and 29) to leave a comment and see what others are saying. Remember to post a question or two for the author; she’ll be stopping by once or twice to address all questions and comments prefaced with “Cindy.”

Another calendar-marker is Saturday, October 17, when we’re planning another no-host 49 Writers gathering in Fairbanks, right after the Alaska State Literacy Association‘s Poetry Slam. Along with the regular Fairbanks contingent, we hope several of the authors in town for the ASLA Evening with the Authors on September 18 will turn out.

In Anchorage, Title Wave is hosting their 3rd annual Banned Book week event, “Read Out Loud” on Friday, October 2nd between 4 and 6pm, and they’re looking for authors to read out loud passages from previously banned books. Authors who’d like to help raise awareness about banned books and freedom of speech by reading at the event should contact Angela at Title Wave at (907) 278-9283 x111 or angelal@wavebooks.com.

Here’s a great new publishing opportunity for Northern writers: Arctica Magazine is a new monthly online circumpolar art and culture magazine set to launch in December 2009 and it needs your content. The magazine will publish literary fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, short video and photo essays about the circumpolar region, but created by anyone. The deadline for submissions for the first issue is October 26, 2009. Send short stories, creative non-fiction or poetry pasted into your email or as a Word or RTF file to submissions@arcticamag.ca. Prose up to 3,500 words will be considered, as will five poems or three pages of poetry (single spaced). To submit a video (3-minute limit) or photo essay, email a link for viewing. For more information, send an email to arctica@arcticamag.ca. Arctica Magazine is published by the Arctica Cultural Society, based in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Arne Bue writes to tell us he found a great way to celebrate his 70th birthday: he retrieved his partial manuscript Night of the Tustumena from his safe deposit box on a floppy, corrupted), finished it (complete with illustrations), and got it Kindle-ready on Amazon. Nice work, Arne.

Finally, for those who’ve been asking about the “mysterious” Bill Streever, author of Cold, we’ll run our interview with him next week.

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