Join us for an afternoon with Alaska State Writer Laureate, Heather Lende for a reading from her recent book, Of Bears and Ballots. Heather will discuss themes in her writing including small-town politics, Alaskan adventures, and the importance of community.
Heather is the author of three other bestselling memoirs from Algonquin Books, Find the Good, If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name, and Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs. Her essays and stories, mostly about life and sometimes death in Haines, Alaska have been distributed widely, from The Anchorage Daily News and Christian Science Monitor to NPR and Country Living. She is a former contributing editor at Woman’s Day magazine and for over twenty years has written some 400 obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News in Haines. She and her husband Chip have lived in Haines for over 35 years where they own a lumberyard and hardware store. They have five children and 8 grandchildren. She is the recipient of the 2016 Alaska Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities, the Episcopal Bishop of Alaska’s Bishop’s Cross Award, and is Alaska's current State Writer Laureate.
"This book will inspire people to work with and for their neighbors in all kinds of ways!" -Bill McKibben, author of Falter
"Part Annie Dillard, part Anne Lamott... NPR commentator Heather Lende... subtly remind[s] readers to embrace each day, each opportunity, each life that touches our own and to note the beauty of it all." -Los Angeles Times
"Heather Lende is the kind of person you want to sit across the kitchen table from on a rainy afternoon with a bottomless cup of tea. When things go wrong, when things go right, her quiet, commonsense wisdom, self-examining frankness, and good-natured humor offer a chance to reset, renew, rebalance." -Pam Houston, author of Cowboys are My Weakness
"Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs celebrates the resilience of ordinary people, gathered together to help one another with the business of living and dying. Reading this memoir is like listening to an old friend." -BookPage