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Dauenhauer, who came to Alaska  in the late 1960s, made important contributions to the preservation of Tlingit lore and language. He also was a respected poet and former Alaska poet laureate.Mike Dunham
Thomas Pynchon, one of the towering figures of American literature, debuted with a long novel, but followed it up with a short one wherein he sharpened the skills needed for later masterpieces. Philip Chavanne should consider something similar with his next outing.David A. James
'Cold Spell' lyrically blends two stories -- a mother trying to start over and a daughter whose longings threaten to undo them. Cinthia Ritchie
Rachel Weaver's debut novel, "Point of Direction," makes effective use of the harsh seascape in Southeast Alaska.Nancy Lord
Kesler Woodward’s artwork is a riot of subtlety, matched perfectly to John Morgan’s writing style in this narrative poem that follows the cadence of the Copper River.David A. James
In his new book "Denali's Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak," author Andy Hall recounts the 1967 expedition on Mount McKinley led by Joe Wilcox in which seven young men died.Mike Dunham
A sci-fi writer from Homer, Alaska, will be honored at the Nebula Awards on May 17, not for his own writing, but for his long service to other writers.Mike Dunham
I will believe my new book is done when it is in my hand, about a year from now. It's called “Finding the Good,” and is about how writing obituaries and rearing a big family has taught me to look for and find the good in people and situations.Heather Lende
Olen Steinhauer has penned a high-stakes international thriller that expertly blends dubious government behavior with memorable characters.Erik Spanberg
A national writers conference in Seattle gave a rare opportunity for Alaska authors to consider the direction of the state's literary future, including the increasingly airbrushed view many have of the Last Frontier, thanks to reality TV.Colleen Mondor

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