Weekly Roundup of News and Events

Upcoming events at 49 Writers

Friday Dec. 12, 7pm: Jimmy Riordan presents Le Roman du Lievre (The Romance of the Rabbit). We’re excited to announce another unique opportunity for the Juneau 49 Writers community in the form of a potluck event hosted by Sarah Isto (1718 Willow Avenue). 

In 2008 Jimmy Riordan translated the French poet Francis Jammes’ turn of the century novel Le Roman du Lièvre. At the time Jimmy did not know French. This summer, after 5 years working around the text through a series of collaborative projects he has printed his translation. On Friday 12/12 Riordan will be reading from Le Roman du Lièvre. He will discuss the letterpress printing of the book and recount his history with the text, which he is currently exploring through the creation of a multi-volume graphic novel/comic. The reading will conclude with ceremonial melting of lead monotype used in the printing process.

See the links below for an introduction to Le Roman du Lievre in under 3 minutes!


Riordan is an Alaskan born multidisciplinary artist and educator. Though technically trained in book-arts and printmaking, his practice is not bound by any specific media. Dealing in both images and experience, his work often involves collaboration, asking the audience and other artists for their participation. Community and location play a large role in Riordan’s choice of form and development of content.

He is the founder of Rabbit Rabbit Press, an imprint that publishes artist books and comics, co-director of the Girdwood Summer Arts Camp and the editor of SOWSEAR, a quarterly collection of Alaskan made comics. Riordan regularly teaches for the University of Alaska and participate in artist residencies in schools throughout the state. His artwork has been shown internationally and the bookwork comprising the Le Roman du Lièvre project can be found in the library collections of the New York MOMA and the Tate Britain.

For more details on this event, please contact Jonas Lamb at 907-209-1509.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 12-2pm
, 645 W. 3rd Avenue, Anchorage: 49 Writers Lit Mag Sale! In recent years we have accumulated a library of literary journals through generous donations from members and other writers. Until we secure our own long-term space, we are going to share the wealth with our members rather than hide the journals away in a basement. A second sale will take place in Juneau at the Thursday, Feb. 5 meeting of the Juneau writers group. This is a great opportunity to get your hands on some of the journals that might be interested in publishing your work!

Events in Anchorage

TODAY, Friday, Nov. 28 and TOMORROW, Saturday, Nov. 29, 10am-6pm, Anchorage Museum: Looking for holiday gift ideas? The Anchorage Museum will host the ReadAlaska book fair this weekend, featuring local authors including Lynn Lovegreen, who will be offering her YA/NA historical romances set in the Alaska Gold Rush.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 5-7pm, UAA Campus Bookstore: UAA Undergraduate English Students: Readings and Writings. Faculty chosen undergraduate creative writing students in the English Department come together to present their course work. Everyone is welcome to attend and be enchanted.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 5-7pm, UAA Campus Bookstore: Popular Chinese Novels and Dramas Series. At this event, Annie Zeng will discuss the “social environment and cultural values regarding women, then and now.” Everyone is invited to come to watch and learn about the Chinese television series sensation Empresses in the Palace / Legend of Concubine by Zhen Huan, to read the highly acclaimed book Fortress Besieged by Qian Zhongshu and to read & watch Nobel Prize in Literature author Mo Yan’s Red Sorghum. This event is sponsored with the UAA Confucius Institute.

Friday, Dec. 5, 11am-1pm, UAA Campus Bookstore: Ray Hudson and Rachel Mason present Lost Villages of the Eastern Aleutians: Biorka, Kashega, Makushin. This book documents the history of three Unangax^ villages left behind in the evacuations and dislocations of World War II, never to be permanently resettled. In 1942, the Unangax^ residents of the three tiny villages of Biorka, Kashega, and Makushin were taken by boat first to the Wrangell Institute, then to a camp at Ward Lake near Ketchikan, where they stayed until the end of the war. When they finally returned to the Aleutians, they were not allowed to go back to their villages, but were resettled in Unalaska or Akutan.

Friday, Dec. 5, 4-6pm, UAA Campus Bookstore: Seven Years in a Madagascar Prison: The Stolen Years with Jean and John Wight. This book is the story of John Wight, an Anchorage pilot originally from South Africa, who is falsely accused of espionage in Madagascar. How he survives seven years of imprisonment, from 1977-1984, is explained in this captivating book written by his wife, Jean Wight. Currently, John Wight is Associate Professor of Aviation Technology at UAA.

Friday, Dec. 12. 7pm, Jitters in Eagle River: Don’t miss the next gathering of The Living Room, where local writers share their work and love of literature. Find out more and stay in touch by following The Living Room on Facebook

Events around Alaska

Saturday, Nov. 29, Fireside Books in Palmer: authors Eowyn Ivey (The Snow Child), 10am-12pm; Don Rearden (The Raven’s Gift) 12:30-2:30pm; and Deb Vanasse (Cold Spell) 3-5pm, will be at the bookstore signing copies of their popular titles.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 7pm, Fairbanks Arts Association Bear Gallery: Reading by poet John Morgan with artist Kes Woodward (River of Light). 

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6:30pm, Seward Community Library: BookTalk/Reading: Join author Dave Atcheson as he discusses his new book Dead Reckoning, Navigating a Life on the Last Frontier, Courting Tragedy on its High Seas.

Opportunities for Writers

Cirque is offering two internships in Anchorage, running from December 1, 2015, through August 2015. A job description will be developed for each intern, based on their learning goals in publishing, editing, marketing, promotion, social media and event planning. Interested? Please send inquiries to the email below. The time involved would range upwards to 10 hours, weekly, but usually, just an hour or two. To apply for one of the positions, please send cover letter and resume to cirquejournal@gmail.com Cirque internships are unpaid, but past interns report increased knowledge and skill, and an expanding circle of literary contacts.

Ooligan Press is proud to announce their seventh Write to Publish conference, slated for January 31, 2015. This conference will be held at the Smith Memorial Student Union located at 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon. This year’s conference is sponsored by PubSlush, a global crowd-funding platform for publishers and authors alike. John Mutter, founder of Shelf Awareness, will give the keynote speech.

Write to Publish is a rare conference, one that devotes its entire presence to demystifying the publishing process. This year’s panel topics include: how to write about difficult subjects, straight talk about contracts and rights, and how to create a professional platform, among others. Speakers include Vinnie Kinsella, publications consultant for Indigo Editing; Nicole McArdle, marketing director for PubSlush; and Shannon Wheeler, a cartoonist for The New Yorker and Dark Horse. Workshops will feature editing and design tips. Authors will be able to sign up to pitch story ideas to publishers and agents. Vendors will provide their own personal insight into the publishing world, as well as food and drinks, and attendees will have the chance to participate in a raffle filled with fun, local prizes.”

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