Authors Kantner and Jans to lead Evening at Egan lecture

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010

Alaskan writers Seth Kantner and Nick Jans will show images, tell stories and trade banter at this week's Evening at Egan lecture, the last one of the 2010 season. The evening begins at 7 p.m. in the Egan Library at UAS.

Kantner is a commercial fisherman, writer and wildlife photographer. He was born and raised in northern Alaska and his art reflects his love for this land and the animals who live on it, and his belief in the importance of wildness left wild. His writings and photographs have appeared in Outside, Alaska Geographic, The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, and other publications. He also writes a bi-monthly dispatch on climate change in the Arctic for Orion magazine. His debut novel, "Ordinary Wolves," was released in 2004 to literary acclaim. Kantner was nominated in 2006 for the position of Alaska State Writer Laureate, but he turned it down to pursue work on his newly released book, "Shopping for Porcupine."

Jans is one of Alaska's most recognized and prolific writers. A contributing editor to Alaska Magazine, he's written nine books and hundreds of magazine articles, and contributed to many anthologies.

In addition, Jans is a professional nature photographer, specializing in wildlife and landscapes in remote locations. He is the recipient of numerous writing awards, most recently the co-winner of two Ben Franklin Medals (2007 and 2008) and a Rasmuson Foundation artist grant (2009). He is currently working on his next book, "Nakolik,"ża literary novel.


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