Prolific and popular Alaskan mystery writer Dana Stabenow announces that the first chapter of her 17th Kate Shugak novel Whisper to the Blood is now available for an online sneak peek. You can also preorder a signed first edition. If you’re one of the few who are unfamiliar with Stabenow’s work, fair warning – it’s addicting. If you don’t believe me, check out the Danamaniacs, who are hosting a chat about all things Stabenow on October 20 at 5 p.m. Alaska time.

The Alaska Writer’s Guild is featuring Professor John Strohmeyer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, at their monthly meeting this Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Anchorage Barnes and Noble. Strohmeyer is also the author of
Historical Anchorage.

Also in Anchorage, novelist and former Alaska writer laureate John Straley will speak tonight at the Alaska Historical Society conference; $45 will get you dinner at UAA’s Cuddy Hall and a chance to hear Straley’s thoughts on “The Gray Area: Liars, Storytellers, and Private Detectives.” Finally, authors Velma Wallis, Harold Napoleon, and Aaron Leggett will speak Monday, Oct. 20 at the UAA Bookstore from 5-7 p.m. on “Alaskan Natives Looking Forward.”

For writers who’ve tired of slogging through the gatekeepers of publishing, another online option has come on the scene. At BookRix, you can publish your opus and make it available for all to read online. Is this information overload or another chance to get noticed, like the latest self-pubbed sensation The Lost Epistle of Jesus, which is being shopped at this week’s Frankfort Book Fair.

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