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Reposting: Andromeda Romano-Lax—Editing and a Note on Hemingway

To celebrate the tenth year of 49 Writers’ existence and this blog, we are reposting  the work of earlier contributors. Today’s reposting was written by 49 Writers’ founding member, Andromeda Romano-Lax in July, 2011. She is the author of a nonfiction travel narrative and four novels, including Plum Rains, which was published in 2018. According to the …

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Andromeda Romano-Lax | “Portable Process” and “Scatterfocus”: How to write when you’re not writing

If you don’t have enough time to write—who does?—read this. Do you have a “portable process?” That’s what prolific author Julianna Baggott — twenty books published under three names — calls it. Her advice resonates with something I’ve done on and off for years but underutilized until I made the process more deliberate. “Portable process” doesn’t mean …

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Andromeda Romano-Lax | An interview with Caroline Van Hemert, author of “The Sun is a Compass”

49 Writers and the Anchorage Museum present a talk and book signing with Caroline Van Hemert on Wednesday, March 20 from 7-8:30 PM for her newly released book, a memoir that blends Alaska adventure, natural history and personal narrative. Hear stories about her 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rainforest to the Chukchi Sea. Her research …

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Andromeda Romano-Lax | An interview with Monica Devine

Water Mask, an essay collection by long-time Alaskan and children’s book author Monica Devine, will be published March 15 by the University of Alaska Press. From the back cover: “In Water Mask, Devine skis woodland trails with her baby on her back, navigates sea ice with whalers and whirls two thousand feet above the tundra with …

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Literary Roundup | February 8-14, 2019

ANCHORAGE | 49 Writers Presents a Reading, Book Signing, and Celebration at The Writer’s Block Sunday, February 9, 2018 | 7 PM FREEThe Writer’s Block Bookstore & Café | 3956 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, Alaska 99517 Please join us for a reading, signing, and celebration of the paperback release of Unpleasantries, a book of essays by former Alaska Writer Laureate Frank Soos. Frank is in Anchorage for his sold-out workshop on …

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Beyond hooked: compelling opening pages and an upcoming workshop

  A true-crime book about multiple grisly murders and the birth of the FBI that begins with descriptions of wildflowers. A commercial thriller that opens with immediate action and tension, featuring a woman spying on her neighbor, in the middle of a tawdry act. A literary novel full of unlikable characters in which we discover, …

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Andromeda Romano-Lax | All the Colors We Will See: Interview with Patrice Gopo

In a review in the Anchorage Daily News, Nancy Lord called Patrice Gopo’s new essay collection, All the Colors We Will See, “a very welcome addition to the open-hearted discussion we all should be having.” When I read the book last month, some essays made me teary, while others sparked family conversations or sent me online, …

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Deb Vanasse | Finding Focus

  I just spent three hours writing 74 words. I’m not usually so slow. In three hours, I’d more typically draft 750 or 1,000 or, on a good day, 1,500 words. But this project was different. I was drafting the back copy for the novel I’m revising. In other words, I was finding its focus. …

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