Three authors will lecture this summer at the Alaska State Historical Library in the State Office Building in Juneau. The lectures are free and open to the public.
Annie Boochever of Juneau will speak at noon May 15 on her novel Bristol Bay Summer, which uses setnet fishing for salmon as the setting for the protagonist Zoey’s struggle to accept her family’s unraveling and a wilderness so strange to her that only her artist’s heart can find its meaning.
Ryan Tucker Jones of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, will speak at noon June 12 on his book Empire of Extinction, published by Oxford University Press. It deals with the Russians and the North Pacific’s creatures from 1741 to 1867. The book shows how the Russians implemented effective conservation measures as early as 1802 in an attempt to reverse the catastrophic environmental damage brought on by mammal hunting and trading.
Ross Coen, a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington, will speak on the topic “owning the ocean,” which deals with Alaska fishermen and the Japanese use of Bristol Bay in 1937 and 1938. The presentation covers how Alaskans interacted with the salmon and environment of Bristol Bay, the conceptual nature of ocean borders and diplomatic discourse on the eve of the Second World War.