David James, editor of the Alaskan literature anthology “Writing on the Edge,” during a signing at Title Wave Books on March 4. James will be at Barnes & Noble in Fairbanks this Saturday from 1 to 3. PHOTO BY Karen Jensen Alaska means different things to different people. A new anthology of 33 Alaska stories, put together by longtime local writer David James, takes a look at all those different Alaskas, as told by other writers. “It’s not just the adventure, outdoor stuff,” David James said. “A person in Anchorage is every bit as Alaskan as people in the village.” David James will be at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Fairbanks from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 to sign copies of the new book “Writing On The Edge: An Anthology of Contemporary Alaskan Stories” A local freelance writer, James regularly writes about Alaska and people who live here, for many media outlets, including the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. One of his mentors, Lael Morgan, a longtime journalist, author and historian, suggested awhile back that he write about Alaska literature. He remembers the day clearly, because her phone call interrupted an afternoon of sanding sheetrock. After much thought about how to make this happen, he decided to embrace her suggestion. He credits her with encouraging him to stick with it to its grand finale. “I decided to make it post millennium, a contemporary anthology,” he said. He focused not just on outdoor adventure but chose stories that provided a broader […]
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