At Title Wave last week, Alaskan author Willie Hensley pulled me aside with a great piece of news: his book has been reviewed in the New York Times. Way to go, Willie. It's great to see some press for our state that has nothing to do with Political Action Committees and $2000 used shoes.
Tired of have to click a button every time you want to visit 49 Writers? Now you can subscribe to by email, and our posts will show up in your inbox. The sign-up icon is in the sidebar at right. Also in the sidebar you'll find a list of our upcoming featured authors - a stellar line-up, if we do say so ourselves - each of whom will be weighing in with four posts per month beginning in March.
Alaska Sisters in Crime (AKSinC) is switching their meetings to the third Wednesday of every month. On Wednesday, February 18 members will join the public at 7:00 pm at the Campbell Creek Science Center for the presentation "When CSI Meets Indiana Jones" (sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management). AKSinC has also issued a Call for Manuscripts for their upcoming anthology A Stranger Comes to Town. Student writers from selected villages are eligible, with a deadline of March 1. For details, visit the AKSinC website.
To promote his new anthology Wild Moments, Michael Engelhard will be making the rounds in Southcentral in March. Events include a March 5 reading at the UAA bookstore along with a same-day luncheon with the Alaska Press Communicators, a March 6 signing at Barnes and Noble, a March 7 fundraiser at Terra Bella Cafe, a March signing at Title Wave,a March 8 reading at Eagle River Nature Center (possibly with live raptor), as well as a March 8 reading at Pandemonium in Wasilla.
Finally, some reminders about events mentioned earlier. On January 31 Mr. Whitekeys will host literary readings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum - the final literary event for the Freeze Project. Promoting his memoir Fifty Miles from Tomorrow, Willie Hensley will be back in Anchorage on February 6 (7 p.m., UAA Bookstore) and Thursday, February 12 (7 p.m., Anchorage Museum).
On Saturday, January 31 from 2-4 p.m., David Marusek is doing a book launch for Mind over Ship at Gulliver's in Fairbanks, and on Saturday, February 7, he's reading at 6 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, also in Fairbanks. And don't forget the Stabenow signing of Whisper to the Blood on Saturday, February 21, at 6 pm signing at Title Wave Books in Anchorage.
February 5 is the deadline for the annual writing/broadcasting/video/photo contest from Alaska Professional Communicators (formerly Alaska Press Women). And the genre for the Alaska Writer's Guild's March Bi-Monthly Contest is horror. Deadline for submission is March 5; only members may submit. Deadlines are also coming up for Secret Press USA (today!), the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest, the Butcher Scholar Award, and the New Women Media Entrepreneurship Award.