July 2015 talks at the UAA Campus Bookstore focus on literature and history

by Michelle Saport  |   

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public. There is free parking for bookstore events in the South Lot, West Campus Central Lot (behind Rasmuson Hall) and Sports NW Lot.

Note: UAA Campus Bookstore podcasts are posted in iTunes or iTunes U-just search UAA or UAA Campus Bookstore.

Author Robin McLean presents 'Reptile House' with Frank Soos Wednesday, July 15, 4:30-6 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

The award-wining collection Reptile House is inhabited by killers and thieves, astronauts, cave explorers, moose hunters and country club ladies, all seeking some exit toward better dreams.

Robin McLean was a lawyer and then a potter for 15 years in the woods of Alaska before receiving her M.F.A. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She currently teaches at Clark University. Reptile House is winner of the BOA Editions Fiction Prize.

Joining Robin McLean is UAF professor emeritus Frank Soos, author of Unified Field Theory, the book Bamboo Fly Rod Suite: Reflections on Fishing and the Geography of Grace and co-editor with Kesler Woodward of Under Northern Lights: Artists and Writers on the Alaskan Landscape.

Katherine Ringsmuth presents 'One Alaska, Many Traditions: The Global History of Alaska' Tuesday, July 21, 4-6 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

Katherine Ringsmuth teaches American and Alaskan history in the UAA Department of History and serves on the board of directors for the Cook Inlet Historical Society, She has acted as Alaska curator for the Anchorage Museum and has published numerous books as historian for the National Park Service.

According to Ringsmuth, "With every job I take on, my objective is to inspire a commitment to a place, its history and respect for all people who share it." At this event, Alaska history is viewed through a dynamic, global perspective.

National Park Service Books by Katherine Ringsmuth:

  • Tunnel Vision: Life of a Copper Prospector in the Nizina River Country (Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve)
  • Beyond the Moon Crater Myth: Aniakchak National Mounument and Preserve Historic Resource Study (Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve)
  • Buried Dreams: The Rise and Fall of a Clam Cannery on the Katmai Coast (Katmai National Park and Preserve)
  • Sung Harbor: Beacon on the Forgotten Shore (Lake Clark National Park and Preserve)
  • Administrative History of Brooks River Area (Katmai National Park and Preserve)

Bonnye Matthews presents 'Mixing DVD Media with Novels to Enhance Communication' Monday, July 27, 4-6 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

Bonnye Matthews is the award-winning writer of the Winds of Change series. At this event, Tuksook's Story: 35,000 BC and its setting in Cook Inlet, accompanied by a 20-minute DVD, will be examined.

"Cook Inlet-The Setting for Tuksook's Story, 35,000 BC" (DVD) tells the story of how that area of Alaska came to be. It gives a sweeping time travel from Pangaea to the present, describes the dinosaur age, explains what flora and fauna the People might have encountered, and how the land came and comes to be.

Everyone is invited to explore Cook Inlet's past with fascinating research, geologic time and storytelling.

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