Friday, August 2, 2013

49 Writers Weekly Roundup

This week we are saddened by the news that one of our partners, Out North, is currently experiencing difficulties and has had to close its doors for the time being. Out North has long been a vibrant hub for the Anchorage arts scene, and has provided us with a variety of opportunities to collaborate in the past, including hosting author events and, for a brief period, the 49 Writers Cafe. We very much hope that this is a temporary setback and that Out North will prevail in the long-term. The arts community has rallied to discuss ways in which to maintain programming and to find alternative solutions - stay tuned for more information.


Some upcoming events:
  • Tuesday, August 13, 7pm: Tom Kizzia will be at Anchorage Loussac Library, Wilda Marston auditorium, talking about Pilgrim's Wilderness.
  • Thursday, August 15, 7pm: Tom Kizzia will give a book talk at Kennecott Recreation Hall, Kennicott/McCarthy.
  • Tuesday, August 20, 7-8:30pm, Loussac Library. Alaska Writers Guild monthly program features Evan Swenson of Publication Consultants talking about “How to Host a Book Launch Party.”
The Alaska Center for the Book will be attending the 2013 Bookfest of the Library of Congress in DC in September. If you have postcards of your latest book available for display on their table, please mail them to 49 Writers, Inc. at P.O. Box 221086, Anchorage, AK 99522 by August 15 so they can be included. Great opportunity to draw wider attention to your work!

Line by Line in Kachemak Bay, August 16-18.  Marilyn Sigman and Marilyn Kirkham are teaming up to lead a week-end workshop retreat for writers and artists at the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies’ (CACS) Peterson Bay Field Station across Kachemak Bay from Homer. Join them for low tide and forest walks guided by CACS naturalists followed by guided exercises to help you transform natural history and scientific information into creative nonfiction and visual art that combines lines of text with line sketches. The workshop will also provide writing and sketching time on your own in the forest and along the coastlines of Peterson and China Poot Bays.

Marilyn Sigman has been researching and writing about the ecological and cultural history of Kachemak Bay for the last five years. She is the former Director of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and a graduate student in the UAA Creative Writing and Language Arts program in Literary Non-fiction. Marilyn will share her experience in environmental writing and place-centered creative non-fiction. Marilyn Kirkham recently retired from 15 years of teaching in the Kenai Borough School District. She is an active member of the Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society and coordinates their workshops. Sketching and drawing are a daily part of her life, her way to record and observe the natural world and to plan projects such as cards, invitations, paintings, and quilts. She will share her ideas about freehand “lines” as a means to enhance nature journals. The cost of $200 includes water taxi transportation (departs Homer Harbor at 4:00 pm Friday and returns at 4:00 pm Sunday), food, two nights lodging, and a journal. To sign up for the workshop or for more information contact info@akcoastalstudies.org or call (907) 235-666. 

Remember that the Connie Boochever Fellowship is accepting applications.  Deadline is August 30, and the fellowship is $2500. We’re doing it this year through Call For Entry. (CafĂ©).

We’ve been contacted by someone who’s trying to find a book titled The Dusk Before the Dawn written by Suzanne Nalley McConnell. If anyone knows this author, who we understand grew up in Glennallen, or can tell us where to find the book, do get in touch and we’ll pass the information on.

Finally, in the bestseller stakes, we’re happy to report that Heather Lende is holding fast at #7 on the New York Times E-Book bestseller list, with Tom Kizzia close behind at #15. For Combined Print and E-Book Nonfiction sales, Heather is currently at #20 and Tom at #21. It’s wonderful to see Alaska’s authors doing so well on the national scene. Not only that, local playwright Arlitia Jones was recently invited to participate in the Samuel French Off Off Broadway festival, where her play “Tornado” was one of six selected for showcase, inclusion in an upcoming anthology, and licensing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I do not know if the person is still looking for this book or not. "We’ve been contacted by someone who’s trying to find a book titled The Dusk Before the Dawn written by Suzanne Nalley McConnell. If anyone knows this author, who we understand grew up in Glennallen, or can tell us where to find the book, do get in touch and we’ll pass the information on."
The name of the book is The Still Before Dawn and is available on Amazon Kindle or Amazon in book format. I lived at the place she referenced in Alaska.