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Anchorage Reads is an Anchorage Public Library program to promote reading, literacy and community-building by encouraging people of different ages and backgrounds to engage in a shared reading experience and talk about one book.
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    49Writers Leslie Hsu Oh interviews Don Rearden


    Alaska Public Media APRN
    Steve Heimel Interview
    'The Raven's Gift' - Don Rearden
    July 2013

    Arctic Entries Podcast
    Don Rearden - "That Was The Scariest Year of My Life"
    True Story

    The Raven's Gift - Book Trailer
    August 2010

    University of Alaska Anchorage
    Bookstore Author Talk Podcast
    February 2011

    Hey Kids, come see Crawford during Spring Break
    Meet Crawford the Raven at your library!

    Alaskan Video Game for Kids
    'The Serum Run' by Don Rearden at LitSite




    I grew up on the tundra of Southwestern Alaska. My experience and adventures in Alaska have shaped both my writing and my worldview. I'm a screenwriter, a novelist, and, when the mood hits, a poet and tundra philosopher.

    I live in the mountain community of Bear Valley, Alaska just outside of Anchorage, and teach as an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. I serve as the president of the board of directors for the 49 Alaska Writers and have been faculty at the Kachemak Bay Writing Conference, and will be faculty at the 2015 North Words Writers Symposium in Skagway, Alaska.

    Much of my writing and thought is influenced from learning experiences in the Alaskan wilderness, as well as from the teachings and writings of my mentor and friend, Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael and The Story of B.

    Look for new work in 2015. Permafrost Heart, a novella which will be published in Weathered Edge II, by VP&D.


    PHOTO CREDIT by Michael Dinneen.



      After a deadly epidemic strikes a Yup'ik village, newly widowed teacher John Morgan must make the thousand-mile trek across the Alaskan wilderness for help and encounters a blind Yup'ik girl and an elderly woman who need his protection.

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      "The Raven's Gift has a winning plot, characters we've never met before, and intriguing details of a world most of us will never venture to -- creating a read that opens our eyes and finds the fault lines of a heart in one breathless sitting."

      - Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of The Tenth Circle and
      My Sister's Keeper

      “The book is fantastic, one of the best books about Alaska I have ever read. It calls to mind Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King, but at the same time it is all its own. The Raven’s Gift is the story of a couple teaching in a remote Alaskan village when a epidemic sweeps through. People are dying in isolation, and others descending into savage violence. It is a survival story and an edge-of-the-seat thriller.”

      - Eoywyn Ivy, author of The Snow Child

      "Don Rearden has created a kind of allegory for a people and place at risk, a generous and honest portrait of Yup'ik communities. His Alaska is one you won't yet have seen."

      - David Vann, author of bestselling novels Legend of a Suicide and A Mile Down

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      ANCHORAGE READS 2007 - 2015

      The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Project led the way to revitalize the role of literature in communities across the nation. Anchorage Reads is an Anchorage Public Library program to promote reading, literacy and community-building by encouraging people of different ages and backgrounds to engage in a shared reading experience and talk about one book.

      We greatly appreciate the generosity and commitment of our past and present sponsors and local community partners. Anchorage Reads 2015 runs February 20th thru March 20th. Anyone can participate. Pick up the current book at your local library or bookstore and get reading!


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