We’re in the midst of a meltdown. Not just on Wall Street, which is alarming enough, but on Main Street Anchorage. Okay, Anchorage has no actual Main Street, but we’re riding a roller coaster of early winter snow and a major meltdown thereof. Seasonal shifting, not so strange. May the market recover as quickly as our snowcover undoubtedly will.

Speaking of market meltdowns, I hope you caught Stephen Colbert’s uproarious spoof on commie lending practices at our public libraries. And speaking of libraries, Ketchikan librarian Charlotte Glover spoke with Library Journal about book selection in small towns like Ketchikan and Wasilla. While not condoning Palin-style banning threats once books are on the shelves, she points out that with limited budgets and less-than-diverse clientele, librarians have to be prudent and selective.

Speaking of Palin, I’ll bet you’re not surprised to learn there’s another Sarah book in the works. The Alaska Dispatch reports that Sarah Takes on Big Oil, by Kay Cashmen and Kristen Nelson, comes out this Sunday, October 12, released by PNA Publishing, a division of Petroleum News.

And finally, don’t forget that today is the last day to RSVP for the Alaska Sisters in Crime event this coming Monday, October 13. At the reception, the group will receive the 2007 Alaska Contributions to Literacy Award for the outstanding work they’ve done promoting literacy in our state. Also on hand will be Scottish author Donna Moore, AKSinC’s 2008 Author to the Bush, who’ll do a short presentation on her work with students in Aniak. AKSinC invites you to join them for refreshments, door prizes, live music, and special guests, starting at 6 p.m. at the BP Energy Center. Be sure to RSVP today to

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