An excerpt from "Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-town Obituary Writer," the new book by Heather Lende of Haines, chock full of plainspoken good sense.

Heather Lende
Gold's book creates a sense that Wales is truly a place set upon the very edge of the world, where modernity is at best a thin layer beneath which lies a culture that has survived assimilation, financial stress, government policies ranging from imposed westernization to negligence, and the devastation of the 1918-19 flu epidemic.David A. James
Food and what we do with it help define who we are, no matter our culture. In the book’s introduction, Atkan Crystal Stetzof Dushkin says, “Traditional foods are important because traditional foods are one of the last things that we have left to remind us what it means to be Unangax.”Nancy Lord
The author's knowledge of the terrain and climate make the difference. A sea kayaker and backcountry explorer himself, Paul Greci has spent ample time in Prince William Sound. He knows the plant, animal and sea life.David A. James
The author behind the James Abel pseudonym is Bob Reiss, an accomplished New York-based journalist and author who has spent considerable time in the Arctic, including a trip on the icebreaker Healy. In 2012 he published the well-regarded “The Eskimo and the Oil Man."Nancy Lord
A Bolshoi performer joins Alaska Dance Theatre staff, Stabenow and Dubus head for local writers conferences and winners of ACC's scholarship contest perform.Mike Dunham
UA professor emeritus of art Garry Kaulitz receives the $40,000 Distinguished Artist award from the Rasmuson Foundation, with other awards going to 35 other Alaskans.Mike Dunham
The Anchorage Concert Chorus Winners’ Recital is dedicated to the late Janet Stotts, longtime director of the Alaska Children’s Choir, who died April 26. At least three of the participants in this year’s competition are her former students.Mike Dunham
Arctic nations are racing to obtain newly accessible resources; shipping through the Northwest Passage has become viable for a few months of the year; and governments and indigenous peoples are trying to resolve who owns what. Climate change is driving it all. David A. James
Reading the North spotlights "Treasures of the Golden Bear" by Stephen F. Stringham and "Becoming UAA" by W.A. Jacobs.Kathleen Macknicki