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Lisa Alexia | Crossing Borders: Review of Floating Coast by Bathsheba Demuth

Editor’s Note: Thank you to Lisa Alexia for this review of Floating Coast by Bathsheba Demuth. Bathsheba will be teaching a nonfiction workshop for 49 Writers during her time in Anchorage. You can sign up on our web site. Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait, by Bathsheba Demuth (W.W. Norton & Co, …

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John Morgan | Collected Poems

When I was a teenager, just getting interested in poetry, I acquired a volume of the Collected Poems by Winfield Townley Scott. “Winfield Townley who?” you may ask. In fact, he was a known (maybe not very well-known) writer back then. He’d won the Shelley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America in 1939, …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | It Happened Like This: A Life in Alaska by Adrienne Lindholm

I crested the last green rise and was level with the turquoise lake and the slim twist of water flowing out of it. Here the creek is so narrow that I jumped over it. I turned my gaze toward the cirque in front of me, rimmed by cliffs on three sides. Dall sheep traversed vertical …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | A Wild Promise: Prince William Sound, by Debbie S. Miller

Crouched on the riverbank, I’m looking into the eyes of several large chum salmon, their heads and slithering bodies well above the water. Chum salmon are hefty fish, second only to king salmon in size. The spawning males have hooked jaws with sharp, canine-like teeth. Their mouths gape as they fin their bodies forward. Some …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | Riding Through the Heart of Patagonia by Nancy Pfeiffer

Three abreast, rows of well-groomed horses extended over hills and around bends farther than I could see. Riders carried banners from their home regions: Rio Nef, Rio Del Salto, Puerto Bertrand, Villa Castillo. We moved not as band of trail-weary, beaten-down campesinos with hundreds of kilometers behind us. Instead, we marched with flags flying as …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | The Great Unconformity by Kate Troll

I live in one of the best places, bar none, to appreciate the wild natural environment. I also live in one of the most politically difficult places to work on its behalf: Alaska. I arrived in Alaska thirty-nine years ago with a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. From my …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | Court of Twilight by Mareth Griffith

The cold was back with a vengeance; she almost expected to see her breath hanging in the air like a frosted cloud. Very carefully, Ivy looked around the room, peering into the corners and shadows. She only saw her various twinned shadows twitching as she turned her head, tiny whirlpools of dust spinning at her …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | Life with Forty Dogs, by Joseph Robertia

My daughter seemed to see everything in her world through a lens of dog culture, much of it learned from her daily and personal interactions with Metoo. Cole’s hair flows to past her knees, and when she French braided it, Lynx would say “Mommy has her tail on.” When I used the chainsaw, she would …

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