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Fireside to host author Lynn Schooler

Posted: January 23, 2014 - 1:02am

This week’s Fireside lecturer will be Juneau author and photographer Lynn Schooler, who will present “Lituya Bay: A Magical Enigma Walk.” His presentation will be held twice, at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and is free and open to the public.

Schooler is the author of the novel “Heartbroke Bay,” and the memoirs “Walking Home” and “The Blue Bear,” among other works. “Heartbroke Bay” is set in Lituya Bay, and “Walking Home” also features this location, known in part for a devastating natural event that occurred there in the 1950s.

“In 1958, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Fairweather Range and unleashed a mega-tsunami that devastated Lituya Bay with the highest wave ever recorded on the planet — 1,720 feet high, nearly 400 feet taller than the World Trade Towers,” Schooler wrote in release. His program will include contemporary and historic photos of the bay, audio recordings of marine radio traffic in the aftermath of the quake, video and readings from his book.

He will also be selling and signing copies of “Walking Home” after the presentations.

On Saturday from 4-5:30 p.m., the visitor center will host Tellabration, an annual group storytelling event. Storytellers are Tom Cosgrove, Pat McLear, Becky Bear, Pete Griffin and more.

This event is also free and open to the public.

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