Let Freedom Ring

I wrote this column the Fourth of July 2002. It was published in Alaska magazine in September 2002, and is now collected with all of my Alaska Traveler columns and feature articles in an e-book, Alaska Traveler: Dispatches from Alaska’s Frontier. I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom of late, particularly when I went home…

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All my novels begin with setting.

In honor of the June 1st publication of Silk and Song in trade paperback, here’s a post from the Silk and Song blog tour in January. Between Two Continents with Dana Stabenow From James Joyce’s Dublin to Bram Stoker’s Transylvania, readers everywhere have traveled to regions far and wide. All from the comforts of their…

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Some characters take up residence in your imagination and just won’t leave.

Walter Lord wrote the definitive Titanic book, A Night to Remember, and wrote another heart-in-your-mouth thriller here. It’s not like I don’t know how either of those stories ended but Lord has a real gift for seeking out people you’d like to have a beer with in ordinary circumstances who are then thrown into extraordinary…

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That prime mover is, essentially, a reaction against first the 20th and now the 21st century.

A liberal Berkeley sociologist, alarmed by the yawning fissure in American society between left and right, spends five years in Louisiana talking to Tea Partiers to try to understand their viewpoint. The result is a thoughtful, insightful look at what is, let’s face it, a prime mover of political events today, and not just in…

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Snake bombs? Really? Really.

In honor of the June 1st publication of Silk and Song in trade paperback, a post from the Silk and Song blog tour in January. Dana Stabenow, New York Times bestselling author and writer of the popular Kate Shugak series, has recently launched her latest novel Silk and Song. She’s here today talking about research and inspiration.…

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“To the BOTTOM!”

An adventure novel, a history lesson, a love story, a cook book, and a whole lot of fun. Really well written, with no sentimentality mucking up the narrative. These are not pirates with hearts of gold (“TO THE BOTTOM!”), and Owen Wedgewood is such a whiner and so determinedly blind to what is going on…

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‘Not noticing’ may not be the first thing you’d look for in a police chief, but in the Bruce administration it’s an essential skill.

McKibben calls this a fable, but I don’t know. What if people like Vern in states like Vermont all over the nation became accidental, nonviolent secessionists? What if they inspired their states’ equivalents of town halls to talk about and even vote on leaving the nation to be their own independent countries? If enough of…

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Say yes to everything.

[from the stabenow.com vaults, May 23, 2013] Kenai Peninsula College students invited me to give their commencement address this year. In fear and in trembling, I said yes. My first, my last and my only. I mean it. Director Turner, Chancellor Case, faculty, staff, proud moms and relieved dads, members of the 2013 graduating class…

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