Friday, October 11, 2013

Linda: 49 Writers weekly roundup

Co-authors Dan Bigley & Deb McKinney at Alaskan Author Showcase, Barnes & Noble Anchorage, October 6
This year’s Alaska Book Week (October 5-12) has seen activities and celebrations taking place all over the state! Click here for news and the schedule of events.

It’s a great week to support Alaskan authors by buying their books—and save money too!
  • Look for a discount on Alaska Books at Gulliver’s Books in Fairbanks
  • 20% discount on Alaska books at The Babbling Book in Haines
  • Look for a discount on all books by Alaskan writers at Parnassus Books in Ketchikan
  • 20% discount on Alaska books at Fireside Books in Palmer
  • Select Alaska books on sale at 15% at Old Harbor Books in Sitka
  • 10% discount on books by Alaskan writers at Skaguay News Depot & Books in Skagway
Also, if you mention Alaska Book Week or 49 Writers at the register when you purchase a book at the Anchorage Barnes & Noble store during Alaska Book Week (October 5-12), a percentage of your entire sale will go towards supporting Alaska Book Week. Thank you, Barnes & Noble!
Alaska Center for the Book ABW panel, October 10, on "The Evolution of Alaska Literature" Left to Right: Moderator Sara Juday, Kris Farmen, Mike Dunham, David Cheezem, and Jeane Breinig
We've been giving books away each day of Alaska Book Week--have you been taking advantage of this at the Alaska Book Week website? Today’s question is Which Alaska author would you most like to see featured in an interview on national television? Click here to comment.

Register now for one of our Anchorage classes that start next week:
  • Fundamentals of Poetry with Kate Partridge, Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 23 & 30, Nov. 6, 6:30-9 pm 
  • Sound and Fury: Find and Free Your Writer's Voice with Deb Vanasse, Thursdays, Oct. 17, 24 & 31, Nov. 7, 6:30-9 pm
  • Writing from Research with Kate Partridge, Saturdays, Oct. 19 & 26, 9am-12 pm
Remember too that we’re partnering with the UAA Department of Creative Writing & Literary Arts to bring you a reading by Nora Marks Dauenhauer, current Alaska State Writer Laureate, and Richard Dauenhauer, former Alaska Poet Laureate on Friday, Oct. 18, 7pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, LIB 307. Hope to see you there! Visit the 49 Writers website for the latest information on all our events.

Volunteers needed! Do you live or work in downtown Anchorage? If so, we need a new volunteer to help us distribute event posters as needed. Also, Loussac Library has invited us to help with this year’s NaNoWriMo write-ins. If you’re interested in either opportunity, please contact us.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 10am-5pm, The Great Alaska Book Fair takes place at Carr-Gottstein Hall, APU. Come and meet some 40 authors, buy their books, listen to their readings! Brought to you by The Alaska Writers Guild and Alaska Pacific University, with support from The Alaska Dispatch.

Saturday Oct. 12, 7pm: Literary Reading Series hosted by Fairbanks Arts Association in the Bear Gallery. Features nine local authors: Sue Ann Bowling, Greg K. Shipman, Kathleen Wallace, Catherine Whitney, Laura Lancaster, Kaiyuh Cornberg, Trilby Cannon, Emma Thomas, and Jim Durkee. For more information, contact Jill Shipman at or (907) 456-6485, ext. 222.

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7pm, Poetry Parley at Hugi-Lewis Studio (on Northern Lights across from Spenard Roadhouse). Sherry Eckrich is the featured poet; she’ll read from her own work and selected Maxine Kumin as this month’s marquee poet. Maxine’s work will be highlighted by various guest readers.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 3pm, Mountain View Library, Community Room: As part of Teen Read Week, meet local manga artist and author Brett Uher (Dark Moon Diary, artist, and Daemonology, author/artist). Learn more about drawing manga and creating your own art.

Sunday, Oct. 20, 3:30-5:30pm, Wilda Marston Theatre, Loussac Library: Join Marybeth Holleman to celebrate the publication of Among Wolves. She'll share some of Gordon Haber's photographs, storeis, and insights about Alaska's wolves and sign copies of the book. Royalties will be donated to cosponsors Alaska Wildlife Alliance, National Parks Conservation Association, Center for Biological Diversity, and Alaska Center for the Environment. If you missed Marybeth on Talk of Alaska with Steve Heimel this week, just click on this link to listen to the podcast.

For the next couple of weeks, author Christine Byl (Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods) is on her Pacific Northwest book tour, made possible by the support of the Rasmuson Foundation. You can find more information on Christine’s website. If you happen to be in the neighborhood or have friends and relatives nearby, here’s where you’ll find her:
  • Saturday, Oct 12, 2:30pm, Missoula, MT: Panel at Montana Festival of the Book 
  • Monday, Oct 14, 7pm, Moscow, ID: Reading at BookPeople of Moscow 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7pm, Seattle, WA: Reading at Elliot Bay Books
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7pm, Olympia, WA: Reading at Orca Books 
  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 7pm, Portland, OR: Reading at Patagonia Portland Store 
  • Sunday, Oct. 20, 4pm, Bellingham, WA: Reading at Village Books
  • Monday, Oct. 21, TBA, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA: Classroom visit at UW 
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 7pm, Whitefish, MT: Reading, TBA
  • Friday, Oct. 25, 7pm, Missoula, MT: Reading at Shakespeare & Co.
Meanwhile, Erin McKittrick (Small Feet Big Land) continues her book tour of Alaska, this week in Southeast. If you live in the following communities, she’d love to have you attend her reading:
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6pm: Sitka Library
  • Saturday, Oct. 19, 7pm: Petersburg Library
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:30pm: Ketchikan Library
October 25, 6:30pm, Juneau Downtown Public Library: Reading by Ray Troll, author and illustrator of children's books such as Sharkabet and science books for children and adults such as Ray Troll's Shocking Fish Tales: Fish, Romance, and Death in Pictures. Free and open to all ages.

October 27, 1-4pm, Douglas Library: Colored pencil drawing workshop with Ray Troll. Free, with all art supplies provided. SPACE IS LIMITED to the first 30 participants; contact Andi Hirsh at 586-0442 or to sign up in advance. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Library.

Sunday, October 20, 5pm at McNally Jackson Books: Poets & Writers is welcoming Bryan Fierro and Jill Osier, winners of this year’s Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, to New York! These two Alaskan writers will be in the city to meet with editors, publishers, agents, and others in the literary community as part of their prize for winning the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange, which aims to help emerging writers build a professional network. Poets & Writers will host a reading and reception in their honor. Fierro will be introduced by Ann Napolitano, this year's fiction judge, and Osier by Afaa Michael Weaver, this year's poetry judge. Free admission. You can read excerpts from their winning manuscripts here.

Congratulations to the 2013 Connie Boochever literary arts fellows! They are Erin Hollowell of Homer, Lucas Rowley of Anchorage, Nicole Stellon O'Donnell of Fairbanks, and X'unei Lance Twitchell of Juneau. Literary fellowships are awarded biennially by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation. The Connie Boochever Artist Fellowships of $2,500 recognize Alaskans who are emerging artists of exceptional talent in the performing, literary, visual and media arts. Any Alaskan individual artist pursuing his/her art form on an ongoing basis is eligible to apply. 

Finally, we were delighted by the news that honorary Alaskan Katey Schultz's Flashes of War has been awarded the 2013 Gold Medal Book of the Year for literary fiction by the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA). Katey taught for 49 Writers in the spring of 2013 and also gave one of our first Reading & Craft Talks. We hope to be able to bring her back to Alaska this coming spring for a workshop in flash fiction.

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