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August 2018: Mystery fiction, Alaska poetry, Cuba featured at this week's UAA Bookstore events

by Michelle Saport  |   

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are free and open to the public. Free parking is available for all bookstore events. See below (or download the special events flier) to learn what's happening this August.

Mystery author Keenan Powell presents Deadly Solution, with author Stan Jones Wednesday, Aug. 1, noon-1:30 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

In Deadly Solution, Maeve Malloy, a public defender in Anchorage, defends an Alaska Native man accused of beating another homeless man to death. With no witnesses to the crime and a client who claims to have no knowledge of the night of the murder, the case seems stacked against her. However...

Keenan Powell is a practicing attorney in Anchorage. She received a Bachelor of Science in broadcast communication arts from San Francisco State University and a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law. Joining Keenan Powell is mystery writer Stan Jones. Stan Jones is author of Tundra Kill; White Sky, Black Ice; Shaman Pass; Frozen Sun; and Village of the Ghost Bears.

Tom Sexton presents Part Two: From Verse to Free Verse, Alaska Poetry from 1867 until 1966 Thursday, Aug. 2, 4-5:30 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

At this event, Poet Tom Sexton presents part two of his talk concerning a brief history of Alaska poetry from 1867 until 1966. (Part one was recorded at the bookstore on Oct. 24, 2017 and is available here.)

Poet Tom Sexton is professor emeritus of English at the University of Alaska Anchorage and was Alaska's Poet laureate from 1994 until 2000. He is the author of several collections of poetry including For the Sake of the Light and I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets, both from the University of Alaska Press.

Cuba in Poetry, History, and Images Friday, Aug. 3, noon-1:30 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

Caroline Streff and Professor Ray Ball discuss their experiences conducting archival and library research in Havana and writing historically informed poetry. Caroline Streff's poetry focuses on the complex issues related to the Revolution's redistribution of physical space. Dr. Ball's poetry concerns the ways the history of colonialism intersects with how history is told and retold on the island.

Caroline Streff majored in English and international studies at UAA. She plans to study Latin American rhetoric in graduate school. Ray Ball is associate professor of history at UAA. She is a published poet and author of Treating the Public: Charitable Theater and Civic Health in the Early Modern Atlantic World.

Dr. Jeff Corntassel and Dr. Jacqueline Quinless present Responsive Research in an Era of Reconciliation Monday, Aug. 6, 1-3 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

Dr. Jeff Corntassel is a writer, teacher and father from the Tsalagi (Cherokee) Nation and is Wolf Clan. He was the first to represent the Cherokee Nation as a delegate to the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Peoples. He is editor of the collection, Everyday Acts of Resurgence: People, Places, Practices (Daykeeper Press, 2018). Jeff Corntassel received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and is currently associate professor at the University of Victoria and associate director of the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement. His research and teaching interests focus on the intersection between sustainable self-determination, community resurgence, climate change and well-being.

Dr. Jacqueline Quinless is a settler whose family origins are rooted to the communities of Secunderbhad and Hyderabad India. She works as director of research at Quintessential Research Group, which is a community-informed research practice specializing in environmental impacts, health and wellness research and gender-based analysis. Her forthcoming book is Unsettling Conversations: Decolonizing Everyday Research Practices (University of Toronto Press).

This event will focus on the 94 recommendations of 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Canada and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), endorsed by the United States in 2010. In addition, how the relationship between Responsive Research, Indigenous nations and community partnerships can lead to more culturally informed socio-economic, health and environmental outcomes will be addressed.

The event is sponsored by UAA Alaska Native Studies, National Resource Center for Alaska Native Elders (NRC-ANE) and UAA Campus Bookstore.


There is free parking for these events in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot, and Sports Campus West Lot.

Did you know? Podcasts of past UAA Campus Bookstore events are available on iTunes. To find, search for the name of the guest speaker or UAA Campus Bookstore in the iTunes Store. Podcasts are also archived at the UAA Bookstore lectures & special events page.

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