Blum to be keynote speaker at North Words Symposium

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011

Nonfiction writer Howard Blum will be the keynote speaker of the second annual North Words Writers Symposium in Skagway, Alaska, scheduled for June 1-4, 2011.

Blum, whose new book “The Floor of Heaven” is being launched by Crown Publishing in April, will join several recognized authors from the 49th state including Heather Lende, Seth Kantner, John Straley, Deb Vanasse, Kim Heacox, and current Alaska Writer Laureate Peggy Shumaker.

Blum has previously published seven nonfiction books and one novel, including the New York Times bestsellers American Lightning, Wanted!, The Gold of Exodus, and Gangland. He is currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, has written for the Atlantic, Harper’s, and Rolling Stone, and while at the New York Times was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

Registration is now open on the symposium website, A maximum of 50 participants will be accepted.

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