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Washington writer Spagna to give reading, lead workshop

Posted: October 13, 2011 - 12:02am  |  Updated: October 13, 2011 - 12:07am

This weekend, the Juneau Public Library will host two events with Washington state writer, Ana Maria Spagna. Spagna’s place-based work focuses on the natural world, the wilderness around us and how this shapes our identity.

Spagna will give a reading, “Identity and Wilderness,” at 7 p.m. Friday at the downtown library, featuring selections from her latest work, “Potluck: Community on the edge of Wilderness.”

She will also host a workshop, “Where Stories Converge,” at 9 a.m. Saturday, when she will help participants explore the advantages of telling more than one story at time. To register for the workshop, email Carol at carolr@juneau.org.

Spagna is the award-winning author of two collections of essays, “Potluck” and “Now Go Home.” The latter was the Seattle Times best book of 2004. She is also the author of a memoir “Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus.” Her work appears regularly in journals such as Orion and the Utne Reader, and she is an associate editor at “River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative.” Her visit to Juneau is sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries and is part of the library’s Gather Inspiration series. The final event, featuring author David Vann, is scheduled for Oct. 26.

For more information, visit www.juneau.org/library.

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