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Nationally acclaimed author and frequent New Yorker contributor Susan Orlean will join Alaska journalist Julia O’Malley for an onstage conversation, “To Tell the Truth,” in Anchorage on April 1. How does one capture the extraordinary within the ordinary? Which places make the best stories? In what sense are all stories journeys? O’Malley will moderate the discussion with reference to Orlean’s books “The Orchid Thief,” “The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup,” and “My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere.” A question and answer session and book-signing will follow. The event, presented by the 49 Alaska Writing Center, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Auditorium. There is no charge for 49 Writers and museum members; a $5 donation is suggested for non-members.
Orlean is visiting Anchorage as the keynote speaker for the Alaska Press Club Conference, from March 31 to April 2. The 49 Alaska Writing Center event at the Anchorage Museum is presented as an opportunity for the general public to hear one of the country’s most renowned immersion journalists speak about her nonfiction-storytelling experiences.
The 49 Alaska Writing Center (www.49writingcenter.org) supports creative writers from throughout Alaska at all stages of their development by providing affordable writing classes as well as retreats and literary events. They also maintain an active blog for Alaska’s writers and readers at www.49writers.blogspot.