Friday, September 27, 2013

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

There’s still time to sign up for our fall classes in Anchorage, which start next week at 645 West 3rd Avenue. Click here for more information and to register. Art of the Essay with Frank Soos is now full and we have started a wait list in case of cancellation.
  • Creating and Sustaining an Effective Writing Group with Debbie LaFleiche, Saturday, Oct. 5, 9am-12 pm
  • Fundamentals of Poetry with Kate Partridge, Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 23 & 30, Nov. 6, 6:30-9 pm (10 hours)
  • Sound and Fury: Find and Free Your Writer's Voice with Deb Vanasse, Thursdays, Oct. 17, 24 & 31, Nov. 7, 6:30-9 pm (10 hours)
  • Writing from Research with Kate Partridge, Saturdays, Oct. 19 & 26, 9am-12 pm
Thursday, Oct. 10, 6-9pm, Carr-Gottstein Hall, APU: Ali McCart of Indigo Editing & Publications presents a workshop, "The New World of Publishing," as a lead-up to the Great Alaska Book Fair. Click here for more details and to register. Registration is $35 for members of Alaska Writers Guild and 49 Writers, and $50 for non-members. 

We’re delighted to announce two additions to the calendar of 49 Writers author events!

On Friday, October 18, 7pm, not one but two Alaska State Writer Laureates will read from their extensive body of work at the UAA/APU Consortium Library (LIB 307). Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer are in the unique position of being the current and a former Alaska State Writer Laureate (as Dick jokes, “his-and-hers”). Richard has a new book coming out, Benchmarks: New and Selected Poems (distributed by University of Chicago for University of Alaska Press). You won’t want to miss this! Our thanks go to the UAA Creative Writing and Literary Arts Department for partnering with us on this event.

On Thursday, December 5, 7pm, Marybeth Holleman will give a Reading & Craft Talk at Great Harvest Bread Company, entitled “Among Wolves: How a Book Found Me.” Tune in to Alaska Public Radio's "Talk of Alaska" on Oct. 8, 10am, when she'll be talking with Steve Heimel about her book. You are also invited to celebrate the book's release at a special event on Oct. 20, 3:30-5:30pm, at the Loussac Library's Wilda Marston Theatre, where Marybeth will share some of Gordon Haber's photographs, stories, and insights about Alaska's wolves. A book signing will follow, with royalties donated to cosponsors Alaska Wildlife Alliance, National Parks Conservation Association, Center for Biological Diversity, and Alaska Center for the Environment.

Over the last week we have continued to work on planning and preparations for Alaska Book Week! Check the Alaska Book Week website for a full listing of activities around the state. We are indebted to volunteer Mary Kudenov for doing such an incredible job as our Alaska Book Week coordinator this year – participation has increased dramatically, and communities from all over are planning events.

Be sure to add the first annual Great Alaska Book Fair to your calendar, Saturday, Oct. 12, 10am-5pm at APU, an extravaganza being organized by The Alaska Writers Guild and Alaska Pacific University, with support from The Alaska Dispatch. If you’re a published Alaskan author, there’s still time to sign up for the Book Fair: registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 30. Click here to register.

This coming week I’ll be in Juneau for a couple of days, where I look forward to meeting members, other writers, and partners to discuss how 49 Writers can best support the local writing community.

Do you live or work in downtown Anchorage? If so, we need a volunteer to help us distribute event posters as needed. If you’re interested or would like to learn more, please contact us.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2pm, Seward Community Library: "Small Feet, Big Land; Adventure, Home and Family on the Edge of Alaska" Author Program. Alaskan adventurer and author Erin Mckittrick will present her new book which follows her young family as they trek through the remote corners of Alaska, exploring the intersection of wilderness and industry in America’s wildest state.

Sunday, Sept. 29, 7pm, Anchorage Museum: Northern Exposures literary event featuring Jonathan Waterman. Ducking avalanches near the Gulf of Alaska and kayaking across the Arctic: journalist/photographer Waterman shares wild adventure stories from his latest book, Northern Exposures.

Monday, Sept. 30, 7–8pm, Seward Community Library: “Evolution of an Adventurer” Author Program. Jonathan Waterman's presentation encapsulates his new book, Northern Exposure. Using images, video & storytelling live from the podium, the author details his experiences as a mountaineer and wilderness traveler paying it forward as a conservationist.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 11:30am-1pm, Kinley's Restaurant, 3230 Seward Hwy, Anchorage: Alaska Professional Communicators invites you to attend their monthly luncheon, “The World of Alaska Publishing” with Flip Todd of Todd Communications. Tickets $19-25. Call 907-274-4723 for reservations.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-7pm, Chugiak-Eagle River Library: Local author and librarian Zane Treesh presents images and stories from his pictorial history of Eagle River, published in June by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series. Signing will follow the presentation, and books will be available for purchase. This presentation will also be available via OWL videoconferencing.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 6:30pm, Juneau Downtown Public Library: In his lecture presentation "The Evolution of an Adventurer," Jonathan Waterman shares his career as a journalist/filmmaker and explorer through 35 years of dramatic images, video and storytelling and talks about his new book, Northern Exposures: An Adventuring Career in Stories and Images (University of Alaska Press, 2013).

Friday, Oct. 4, 7pm, Tap Root, Anchorage: Alaska Quarterly Review will kick off Alaska Book Week with "IPSEITY—Revelations in Words and Pictures," featuring the world premieres of the print publication and short film of Elizabeth Bradfield’s transcendent "Deliquescence: A Meditation in Seven Parts;" Gary Holthaus' “How We Give Ourselves;” Mary Kudenov's “A Man of Fashion;”and the exclusive publication of internationally acclaimed photojournalist Andrea Bruce’s “Afghan Americans.” Signature AQR cocktails --the "Literary Tonic" and the "Literary Gimlet" --will be served, $7 cover at the door.

Saturday, Oct. 5, Gulliver's Books, Fairbanks (check with bookstore for time). Meet Erin Mckittrick, author of A Long Trek Home and Small Feet, Big Land, is co-founder and Director of Ground Truth Trekking, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating and engaging the public on Alaska's natural resource issues through a combination of wilderness adventure, scientific analysis, and the creation of web resources.

Saturday, Oct. 5, 3pm, Mountain View Community Library: Meet author of paranormal and historical romances, Jackie Ivie. She will speak about being a romance writer and give away FREE copies of her newest book, A Knight Well Spent.

Saturday, Oct. 5, 4pm, Talkeetna Public Library: Adult Battle of the Books. The Friends of Talkeetna Library group are incorporating Alaska Book Week with their Banned Book celebrations, and including Alaska Books in an adult Battle of the Books. Open to public. If you'd like to join a team, please call the Talkeetna Public Library at 907-733-2359.

There are plenty of opportunities coming up to meet author Christine Byl!
Friday, Oct. 4, 3pm: Craft Talk, UAF Campus, Groening 405
Friday, Oct. 4, 7pm: Reading in Midnight Sun Visiting Author Series, UAF Woods Center
Monday, Oct. 7, 7pm: Writing workshop, Tri-Valley Community Library in Healy
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7-8pm: Alaska Book Week signing at Barnes & Noble in Anchorage

Cinthia Ritchie's essay "Running" will be included in "The Best American Sports Writing 2013," releasing Oct. 8 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner Books. Here's a link to all of this year's authors and publications.

Do join us in congratulating author David Vann, who has won the $50,000 St. Francis College Literary Prize for his novel Dirt! And be sure to read his latest, Goat Mountain, published this month.

The paperback version of Debby Dahl Edwardson's young adult book, My Name is Not Easy (a Battle of the Books title this year) is now out. Debby is currently working on a teacher's guide with the goal of getting it into schools outside Alaska too.

Alaskan writer David Holthouse's play, Stalking the Bogeyman, has opened in Asheville, NC and will premiere off-Broadway in April 2014. 

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