Cool Down in August with Alaskan Authors

PORTLAND – Three Oregon authors with books set in Alaska will read at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Another Read Through, 3932 N Mississippi Ave. C.B. Bernard of Portland, author of Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now, Dan Berne of Portland, author of The Gods of Second Chances, and Nancy Slavin of Tillamook, author of Moorings, will share excerpts from their work and discuss why they, as Oregon residents, chose to set their works in the northernmost state.

C.B. Bernard’s Chasing Alaska (Lyons Press) was named a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Travel Pick and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Awards. He’s worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist, among other writing-related jobs, has written for Gray’s Sporting Journal and the Huffington Post, and has been excerpted in the Utne Reader.

Author Dan Berne’s manuscript was chosen to be the first novel in Portland-based Forest Avenue Press’ fiction catalog. The Gods of Second Chances was picked as a Powell’s Daily Dose and has been featured in more than twenty publications since its March publication. Berne grew up in a working-class family in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked in his way through college, with jobs in drugstores, warehouses, U-bolt factories, and cement plants. He has been an active member of a select writing workshop led by author Karen Karbo for ten years.

A section of Nancy Slavin’s Moorings (Feather Mountain Press) won the first place prize for the Nina Mae Kellogg Award for Graduate Fiction. Slavin has worked as a natural history guide in Alaska, a literary and creative writing tutor, an educator for a non-profit organization seeking to stop violence against women, and is currently an English teacher for a small community college on the North Oregon Coast where she lives with her family.

Another Read Through is Portland’s newest used bookstore for adults and kids, with a focus on featuring local authors.

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