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Active Voice | Richard Chiappone: Whoever Fights Monsters

Our Active Voice: Writers Respond series asks Alaska writers to explore how current events and issues are shaping their work and their perspective on the state of our democratic values of justice, freedom, equality, and liberty. The most important role in Active Voice is yours: we want to hear from you. Do you like a post, …

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Guest Blogger Rich Chiappone | Listen to this Sentence!

My wife, a school counselor, came home from work this week with an anecdote about an event called The Battle of the Books, an oddly militaristic moniker for a reading activity, but an undertaking that has the students fired up about literature. She said one of the boys on her school’s team, a fourteen-year-old freshman, …

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Guest Blogger Rich Chiappone | No! No! A Thousand Times, No!

That title is borrowed from an essay by venerable writer and publisher Nick Lyons that appeared in the New York Times Book Review some years ago. Lyons himself borrowed the title from a 1935 animated short film starring Betty Boop. In the cartoon, Betty wails those words to a villain trying to seduce her. But …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | Liar’s Code by Richard Chiappone

Being Fishermen, my friends and I were all great liars. We fibbed about the monster perch we caught at the end of our street when none of the other kids were around. We jacked up the number of bullheads or sunnies hauled in on family vacations, far from the neighborhood. Fish that got away ballooned with each telling, like the river’s …

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Jeremy Pataky | Notes After the ’16 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference

I actually tried, like a fool, not to attend the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference this year. McCarthy, Alaska is a long way from Homer. Fourteen hours of driving each way, barring calamity, distraction, or accident. Too far, I told myself, too much time away from my summer habitat, too many books I would buy, I …

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Alaska Shorts: “Special,” by Richard Chiappone

CHAZ PULLED HIS mother’s Outback into the snowed-over parking lot and parked it under the Alaska Recreational Area sign, gaping through the windshield at the three bodies clad in snowmobile suits lying face down on the still-frozen surface of the lake. Another meth deal gone sideways? Maybe. The locals in the jacked-up school buses and …

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Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

Have you enjoyed reading this blog over the last year? Do you look forward to this weekly compilation of literary news and events from around the state? More than 100 Alaskan authors have contributed content in the form of monthly guest blogger stints, opinion pieces on topical issues, interviews, and more. The 49 Writers blog …

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Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

As the year approaches its close, we have been reviewing program activities undertaken by 49 Writers in 2013 in pursuit of our mission: supporting the artistic development of writers throughout Alaska, fostering a writing community, and building an audience for literature. The blog is where it all started in 2008, and it remains a keystone …

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49 Writers Weekly Roundup

These days it seems there are Alaska author successes to report every week, a most encouraging trend that we hope is here to stay. Read Michael Dirda’s glowing review of Don Rearden’s The Raven’s Gift in Wednesday’s Washington Post, and then stop by the DeBarr Costco tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 17, 1-3pm to buy a copy or just …

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