Attention, young Alaskan authors. The Oakland Public Library is once again sponsoring a short story contest exclusively for teens. Your 1500-word submission must include “May I call you a cab?” You folks in Bethel, the cab capital of Alaska, could do a lot with that line.

Speaking of young writers, few Alaskans have done more than author Dana Stabenow to promote opportunities for students through the Authors to the Bush program sponsored by Alaska Sisters in Crime. Dana has now posted Chapter Two of her latest Kate Shugak novel Whisper to the Blood. If you’re not up to speed on all of Kate’s adventures, check out Dana’s new YouTube trailer.

One week from today, we’ll be celebrating the stories of folks who may not have had a chance to tell them. StoryCorps has declared November 28 the National Day of Listening. The idea is to set aside one hour to record a conversation with someone important to you. Check out StoryCorps’ free Do-It-Yourself guide, and make a commitment now to participate in this effort to get everyone to share their stories.

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