Forget Golden Apples. There’s no greater reward for a teacher than seeing a student make good with her talent, so I couldn’t have been more pleased than to read former student Nancy Slagle’s “Fahrenheit Be Darned,” subtitled “A Fairbanks Woman discovers the joy and pain of running in winter,” in the December/January issue of Alaska Magazine. Nice work, Nancy!

In the December 3 issue of the Anchorage Press, there’s nice coverage of Maia Nolan, one of two literary recipients of the Rasmuson Award. Maia blogs at

In reading about Idaho author Anthony Doerr, I discovered a new anthology edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey called State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America. Seeing the book was billed as “original writing on all 50 states by 50 of our finest novelists, journalists, and essayists,” I was eager to discover who they’d chosen to write about Alaska. The contributor is non-Alaskan John Greenberg.

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