Local author writes novella on Juneau mining history

Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

Copies of "Hear of Abigail: A lyric Novella of Juneau, Douglas and Treadwell," written by local architect and writer, Rich Ritter are now available for purchase at Hearthside Books.

The story is of a nurse from Edinburgh, Scotland who moved to Alaska in 1899 to work in St. Ann's Hospital on Douglas Island.

Each chapter starts with a poem and the book reveals the history of Juneau, Douglas and Treadwell. Ritter even includes historic photos to give the reader historical context.

Ritter's book, under the name R. Phillip Ritter, is 128 pages and was published in July.

Ritter has previously written one other book, "Toil Under the Sun" published in 2006, about an adopted boy who fights as a Marine in the Korean War.

The book retails for $12.95. Copies can be ordered from Hearthside Books, for more information call 789-2750.

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