Friday, September 20, 2013

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

Jim Sweeney at Great Harvest Bread Company
Thank you to Jim Sweeney for kicking off our fall Reading & Craft Talk series with his entertaining and enlightening presentation about how he came to write his two books, The List and Alaska Expedition Marine Life Solidarity. It was a great reminder that the journey is different for everyone, and that what matters most is to write and keep writing, and never to stop reading. Despite the recent loss of his long-time canine companion Alute, we hope that the muse remains with him. The next talk in the series, "Little Did I Know..." features Tom Kizzia on Thursday, Oct. 24, 7pm, when he'll share his experiences of writing Pilgrim's Wilderness, a three-year project.

The last few days we have been really ramping up for Alaska Book Week, Oct. 5-12! Visit the Alaska Book Week website for daily updates as more and more writers, booksellers, libraries, and publishers around the state sign up to participate. You'll find a current listing of events under each tab on the website. If you want to get updates when news is posted, it's easy to sign up (scroll down to bottom of sidebar). Sign up to participate and order bookmarks for your celebratory event and request a pdf poster here. Next week we'll run a summary of events in this roundup.

If you're an Alaskan author who wants to participate in the first Great Alaska Book Fair, an Alaska Book Week celebration in Anchorage on Oct. 12, 10am-5pm, follow this link for easy registration! The Book Fair will be hosted by the Alaska Writers Guild and Alaska Pacific University. The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 30.

Sept. 20, 4-6pm, the UAA Campus Bookstore presents Sudarsan Rangarajan, Professor of French and Coordinator of the French Program in the Department of Languages/ UAA. At this event he will discuss his new book called Critical Essays on Michel Butor’s L’Emploi du temps. Described as a “novel within a novel”, L’Emploi du temps is considered one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. And it lends itself to the examination of multiple literary genres including detective, Gothic, journalistic, narrative, rhetoric, existential and post-colonial literary theories. If you enjoy reading or are a challenged writer, come to this fascinating event where the best in modern fiction is critiqued. For more info call Rachel at 786-4782.

Today, Sept. 20, 6:30pm, Woosh Kinaadeiyi presents this month’s open mic and poetry slam at the Silverbow Bakery, 120 2nd Street, Juneau. The event will be hosted by Bill Merk and Colin Kalk, with DJ Manu. It’s open to poets and performers of all ages and all abilities. Sign up to read at 6pm. September’s poetry slam winner will join slam champions from the last year at next month’s Grand Slam, the culminating competition of the poetry slam season. This is the last opportunity for poets to qualify for Grand Slam.

Saturday, Sept. 21, 6-8pm, Nicholas O’Connell will signing copies of his book Storms of Denali at Gulliver’s Books in Fairbanks.

Saturday, Sept. 21, 7pm, you can catch Katie Eberhart at Vagabond Blues in Palmer. Her chapbook Unbound: Alaska Poems, is being published by Uttered Chaos Press this month. Join Katie tomorrow to enjoy her “conversation between poems and music.” Music will be by the Northern Aurora Flute Ensemble.

Saturday, Sept. 21 is the deadline for submissions for 2013 Winter Solstice issue of Cirque. They consider writing in all genres, as well as photos and art. Please send inquiries and submissions to, and visit their website for more information.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7pm, Christine Byl, author of Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, will be at Ketchikan Public Library for a reading and book signing.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7-9:30pm, Sierra Club, 750 W. 2nd Ave. #100, Anchorage essayist and author Bill Sherwonit will begin teaching a 12-week nature and travel writing class. Participants in this workshop-style class will explore and refine their own writing styles, with an emphasis on the personal essay form. The class will also read and discuss works by some of America’s finest nature and travel writers, past and present. The cost is $240. To sign up or for more information, contact Sherwonit at or 245-0283. 

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