Literary Alaska: Seth Kantner, Sherry Simpson, Joan Kane

“Denali-sunset” – Taken from Wonder Lake Campground 7/2005. “The picture comes nowhere near the real sight.” Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons, shared by Jenda.

How do you get technicolor, bigger-than-life Alaska down on paper, in simple black and white words? As the photographer says in the caption above, “The picture comes nowhere near the real sight.” Is that how writers feel when they write about Alaska?

Listen now:

Hometown Alaska celebrates Alaska Book Week (Oct. 4-11) by inviting three writers into the studio to discuss their work with listeners. We’ll invite each to share a short excerpt or two, and to describe the Alaska they’ve chosen to reflect in their work. We’ll talk about the sense of place Alaska offers—maybe even demands—and the challenge that represents to writers.

We invite your questions and comments on the next Hometown Alaska. Grab a book, and join us.



  • Sherry Simpson,
  • Joan Kane
  • Seth Kantner



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LIVE BROADCAST: Wednesday, October 1, 2014. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

REPEAT BROADCAST: Wednesday, October 1, 2014. 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

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