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Don’t miss “No Higher Ground,” the first Reading & Craft Talk of our regular season on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7pm, at Great Harvest Bread Company. Veteran Alaskan mountaineer and author Jim Sweeney (Alaska Expedition Marine Life Solidarity, The List) will talk about how he drew on his experiences in the Alaskan wilderness to create his compelling stories and the memoir of his near-fatal expedition in the Alaska Range in the spring of 1989.
Friday, Sept. 13, 7:30pm at the
Museum of the North, UAF Campus, the latest Midnight Sun Visiting Writers
Series opens with Fairbanks writer Peggy Shumaker, who will read
from her new collection of poems, Toucan
Nest: Poems of Costa Rica, and show slides from Costa Rica. Peggy has
published seven books of poems and two chapbooks, as well as a lyrical memoir, Just Breathe Normally. UAF professor
emerita and former Alaska State Writer Laureate, Peggy teaches in the Rainier
Writing Workshop low-residency MFA program.
Sept. 15, 9:30-11am, Peggy Shumaker and Frank Soos will teach a free
workshop, “Writing Our Places” at Twin Bear Camp, Mile 30 Chena River
State Recreation Area. The dedication and unveiling of the two poems in Chena
River SRA will take place Sunday,
Sept. 15, 1-3pm. Meet at Rosehip Campground Mile 27 at 1pm. To register or
for more information about either event, please email email@example.com.
Elise Patkotak is back! On Saturday, Sept. 14, 4pm, at Fireside Books in Palmer, she will be signing Coming Into the City, her follow-up to the ever-popular memoir Parallel Logic. After spending 28 years living in the Inupiat Eskimo community of Barrow, Elise Sereni Patkotak–a New York City native–decided it was time to return to the big city. She chose to move to Anchorage and gently get back into life amidst coffee stands, malls, fresh produce and highways.The transition was not always easy.
Alaska-based authors! Registration for the Great Alaska Book Fair at APU
closes Sept. 15 – click here for more information
and to register. The Book Fair takes place Saturday, Oct. 12, 10am-5pm,
and is brought to you by the Alaska Writers Guild and Alaska Pacific University
as part of Alaska Book Week.
Residency Program is Sept. 15. These eight-week residencies are a great way to enhance
your artistic development and expand your learning network. To find out more,
read Jeremy Pataky’s blogpost from last week.
Alex Hills, the local author responsible for the invention of Wi-Fi, will be at Fireside Books on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4pm signing his newest book, Geeks on a Mission: In Their Own Words, the stories of five young tech-savvy folks who donated their time to being professional consultants for organizations in developing countries. They traveled to Peru, Ghana, Rwanda, and Palau, having left home for wild and new experiences and to try to change the world in their own way – and change it they did!
issue, deadline Sept. 21. They are
considering writing in all genres, and also photos and art. Please send
inquiries and submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit their website
for more information.
Sierra Club, 750 W. 2nd Ave. #100, Anchorage essayist and author Bill Sherwonit will begin teaching
a 12-week nature and travel writing class. Participants in this workshop-style
class will explore and refine their own writing styles, with an emphasis on the
personal essay form. The class will also read and discuss works by some of
America’s finest nature and travel writers, past and present. The cost is $240.
To sign up or for more information, contact Sherwonit at email@example.com or 245-0283.
Sherman Alexie has a new project called “Indies First.” His goal is to encourage local authors and local bookstores to work together more close. Gulliver’s Books in Fairbanks loves their local authors and loves this idea! They are looking for a local author (or two or three) willing to participate in this program. If you’r interested, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re an independent bookstore yourself, visit the Indies First website for more information.
We are happy to report that Kathleen Tarr has an essay published in the current issue (summer 2013) of the Sewanee Review, America’s oldest continuously-published literary quarterly (since 1872). Her piece, “The Trappist Monk and Pasternak’s Tree,” is from her memoir-in-progress.