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Leslie Hsu Oh Interviews Ilarion Merculieff

In celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month, Leslie Hsu Oh interviewed Ilarion Merculieff, author of Wisdom Keeper: One Man’s Journey to Honor the Untold History of the Unangan People. Ilarion is Unangan (Aleut) of the Pribilof Islands. He’s served his people for four decades in roles such as City Manager of St. Paul Island …

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Andromeda: 4.9 Questions for Bernadette Murphy, author of Harley and Me: Embracing Risk On the Road to a More Authentic Life

A 48-year-old woman facing middle-age malaise and the upheaval of divorce becomes a motorcycle enthusiast, turning her own quest into a larger meditation on why we need risk in order to live fuller lives. That’s the premise of Bernadette Murphy’s new memoir, Harley and Me, published in May. Murphy teaches creative nonfiction in the Antioch …

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An interview with Brian Doyle, this year’s North Words Keynote

What do you love? Kids, hawks, the smallest falcons (are kestrels not the baddest asses there are? Don’t they look like tiny linebackers?), and the way my wife Mary says a ha! when she is occasionally right about something. Also almost all music. Also grace under duress, and humility. Humility might be the coolest thing …

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Art Talk with Ron Spatz of the Alaska Quarterly Review

This interview of Ron Spatz, editor-in-chief and founding editor of Alaska Quarterly Review was originally posted in 2011 on the Art Works Blog on the National Endowments for the Arts webpage. AQR is published by the University Alaska Anchorage and is without a doubt one of the nation’s best literary magazines, as noted by The …

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Lizbeth Meredith interviews Stuart Archer Cohen, author of 17 Stone Angels

Stuart Archer Cohen How did you choose your first lines in the book? Part of my research in Buenos Aires was steeping myself in the expedientes of several murders committed by the police.  These were huge case files made available to me by a lawyer who was one of my sources.  They can run to …

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Deb: One Author's Publishing Success – An Interview with Autumn Dawn

Author Autumn Dawn, a former student from North Pole High School. Like many writers, I was a teacher first. Following a news article on my latest novel, I received an inspiring email from a former student, now a fellow author who writes under the name Autumn Dawn. “I wanted to thank you again for teaching …

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From Our Archives: An Interview with Debby Dahl Edwardson

Debby Dahl Edwardson Way back in 2008, before Debby Dahl Edwardson’s My Name is Not Easy was nominated for the National Book Award, we interviewed her about her writing process and her passion for “Alaska’s Books for Alaska’s Kids,” now taking shape as an initiative to be piloted in several Alaska school districts next year. …

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A “literature of epic proportions”: Interview with sci-fi writer David Marusek

Fairbanks author David Marusek’s first novel, Counting Heads, was translated into French, Russian, Czech, and Romanian. His stories are in those languages, as well as Italian, Japanese, Polish, and Dutch. In January, Tor Books published Mind Over Ship, the sequel to Counting Heads. The plot, according to the publisher: “The year is 2135, and the …

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“About Face” and Alaska film opportunities: Interview with Mary Katzke

Mary Katzke, a filmmaker who has put together several successful films through her Anchorage company AffinityFilms, was recently named head of the newly reopened Alaska Film Office. But before she got that post, she finished work on a major project — a documentary called “About Face,” which was five years in the making, completed Jan. …

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