Friday, November 9, 2012

49 Writers Weekly Round-up

It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to convey our thanks at last night’s volunteer appreciation event to the amazing 49 Writers volunteers who together donated more than 1,750 hours to the organization in the last 12 months. If you get the chance, do thank them personally for their contribution—their dedicated assistance means we can continue to bring you the blog posts, classes, programs, and events you look forward to, and to take care of key administrative tasks behind the scenes.

Volunteered up to 20 hours
Anna Breuninger, Arlene Lidbergh-Jasper, Barbara Hood, Cheryl Lovegreen,  David Kanaris, Debbie Moderow, Jeff Oliver, Martha Amore, Steve Shamburek, Vered Mares

Volunteered 20-49 hours
Cinthia Ritchie, Lorena Knapp, Debbie LaFleiche, Mariah Oxford, Kellie Doherty, Michelle Saport, Kirsten Anderson, Morgan Grey, Lizbeth Meredith, Sandra Kleven

Volunteered 50-99 hours
Don Rearden, Kirsten Dixon, Ela Harrison Gordon, Louise Freeman-Toole, Eric Larson, Lucian Childs, Jennifer Walker, Stefanie Tatalis, Karen Benning

Volunteered more than 100 hours
Andromeda Romano-Lax, Deb Vanasse, Leslie Hsu Oh, Susanna Mishler, Jeremy Pataky

Our next Reading & Craft Talk takes place at Great Harvest Bread on Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 pm, when Kaylene Johnson will discuss “The Art of Nonfiction,” including biography, memoir, and history. Kaylene’s books include Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith; A Tender Distance: Adventures Raising My Sons in Alaska; Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned the Political Establishment Upside Down, Portrait of the Alaska Railroad and Trails Across Time: History of an Alaska Mountain Corridor. Her award winning articles have appeared in Alaska Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Spirit Magazine, Parish Teacher and other publications.

If you’d like to propose a course for our Spring 2013 Literary Season, check out the instructor guidelines at /get involved /teach and fill out the easy online course proposal form by November 16. We are always looking for faculty with a strong writing and teaching background and we encourage you to submit your ideas for consideration.

Have you ever thought about writing for the screen? If so (and even if you haven’t) check out Don Rearden’s workshop, “Unleashing the Screenwriter in You,” the last offering of our fall literary season on Saturday, November 17, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Register now If you missed it yesterday, be sure to read Don’s blog post!

On December 3, 7:00 pm, at Great Harvest Bread Company, celebrated Alaskan chef Kirsten Dixon will give a Reading & Craft Talk entitled “Stirring Words” –a discussion of how she brings all things culinary to the table and to her writing.

On Wednesday, December 5, 7-9 pm, at Indigo Tea Lounge, 221 East 5th Avenue, Anchorage, we are inviting anyone who participated in one of our 2012 writing classes or the Tutka Bay Writers Retreat to read from their published, completed or work-in-progress inspired by what you learned. Look for an Evite soon.

If you have news to share of publishing success, a book signing, or any other literary activity in your community, feel free to email us at and we’ll help to spread the word.

Tonight, Friday November 9, 7pm, Robert Wrigley and Kim Barnes will read as part of the Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series. Wood Center, UAF. Wrigley and Barnes will also give a craft talk at 3pm; Rasmuson Library 5th floor. Both these events are free and open to the public.

The internationally bestselling novel The Snow Child is coming out in paperback this week. In celebration, Ivey will be on hand to sign copies at Fireside Books in Palmer on Saturday November 10 between 11.30 and 1.30. After its hardcover release in February 2012, the book spent more than six weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Flaherty-Dunnan first novel prize, and has taken Ivey on a world-wide whirlwind tour. The Snow Child is being translated into more than twenty languages and distributed in more than thirty countries. It is a bestseller in Norway and in England, and has been nominated for prizes there also.

Tomorrow, Saturday November 10, 1-4pm, outdoorsman, journalist and science writer Ned Rozell will come to the Kettleson Memorial Library in Sitka to lead a writing workshop titled “Bringing the Outside…In. The Power of Description.” Call the library for more information and to sign up—(907) 747 8708.

The submissions deadline is fast approaching—on Tuesday November 13—for the Open to Interpretation competition, soliciting writing (poetry or prose) produced in response to one of several photos, including one by Fairbanks photographer Douglas Yates. See their website for full submissions guidelines and other information.

At the UAA Campus Bookstore on Thursday, November 15, 5-7 pm, four Alaska writers come together to discuss and read from their newly published books: Kris Farmen--Turn Again, Bill Swears--Zook Country. Sandra Kleven--Cirque and Talk About Touch, and Monica Devine--Kayak Girl, "Water Mask" (published in Cirque).

Monica Devine will be signing her new children's book, Kayak Girl at Fireside Books in Palmer on Sat., Nov. 17 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. Come on in for good books and bad coffee!

Congratulations to Stephanie Jaeger, who won a Silver award in the 2012 National Mature Media Awards competition for an article published in Senior Voice, “Health Care Travel Tips.” The editor, David Washburn, entered her article unbeknownst to her. Jaeger’s article was picked from a pool of almost 1000 articles entries. Senior Voice won awards for three of its articles, and was recognized for excellence.

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