Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Alaska Book Week in Haines

Heather Lende reads from her work
Alaska Book Week was very exciting at the Haines Borough Public Library. We had a visit from Erin McKittrick, who read from her new book, Small Feet, Big Land. The slideshow presentation included a life-sized look at the things they brought on their journey around Alaska with the family – tent, rafts, set up in the reading room of our library. Those alone triggered many questions from our adventurous community who showed up in full to hear their story.

Local author Heather Lende read from books yet to be published, one called Finding the Good, the other an insightful novel about a girl in a small town. It was so heartening for our community to hear her warm words before the snow comes. We’re biting our nails and pacing waiting for them to be published so we can soak up the stories we know, but see differently when reading Heather’s point of view.

The Haines Borough Public Library also invited author Eleanor Millard, from the First Nations community of Carcross, YT, for a writer’s workshop. Eleanor also read from her new book, Summer Snow, a potent novel inspired by Eleanor’s personal experience adopting a First Nations girl with FASD. The love of literature reflected in her workshop, and the cross-cultural relationships framed in her books, I felt identified life in the North so well, it crossed Canada-Alaska border.

Thank you, 49 Writers, for making Alaska Book Week possible.
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Jessie Morgan, Education/Cultural Coordinator at Haines Borough Public Library, provided this update on Alaska Book Week activities there.

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