Writing on science and hope: Nancy Lord's "ph: A Novel"
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Writing on science & hope: Nancy Lord’s “ph: A Novel”


Alaska author Nancy Lord will read from her new book, “ph: A Novel,” at a free outreach event hosted by Trustees for Alaska.

Join us on Oct. 3 at the Cynosure Brewing Company in Anchorage, 144 E Potter Dr. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with readings by Anchorage writer Marybeth Holleman at 7 p.m. and Homer author Nancy Lord at 7:30 p.m.

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Both writers have strong connections to Alaska’s literary and conservation communities. The idea of the community conversation is to bridge science with hope, and talk about how to address climate change in our communities and state.

A photo of Nancy Lord in a field of wild flowers and grasses

Photo by Irene Owsley

Nancy Lord speaks up for oceans

Nancy has worked in commercial salmon fishing and as a naturalist and historian on adventure cruise ships. She often writes about fishing, sea animals, and the impacts of climate changes on humans, wildlife and ecosystems.

Book cover for Nancy Lord's book, "pH: A Novel"

Nancy Lord’s new book, “pH: A Novel,” was released in September 2017.

Her writing work includes three collections of short stories, five works of literary nonfiction, and a novel released this month.

She currently teaches at the Kachemak Bay Campus of the University of Alaska. She also teaches in the low-residency creative writing program at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and in the online Johns Hopkins University graduate science writing program.

Read her thoughts on how science tells a human story. You can also find a full bio and list of her works on her website.

Marybeth Holleman delved into the heart of the sound
Marybeth sitting in front of a long lake with reflection of mountains.

Marybeth at Long Lake. Photo courtesy Marybeth Holleman.

Marybeth Holleman grew up in the Appalachians and moved to Alaska over 25 years ago. Her essays, poetry and articles have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies.

Her nonfiction book, “The Heart of the Sound: An Alaskan Paradise Found and Nearly Lost,” tells the story of her love affair with Prince William Sound from her first years in Alaska to the period after the devastating 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Marybeth also co-wrote “Among Wolves: Gordon Haber’s Insights into Alaska’s Most Misunderstood Animal” and co-edited “Crosscurrents North: Alaskans on the Environment.”

You’re invited!

Trustees for Alaska will provide some snacks for this free event. Beverages will be available. Everyone is invited, but those under 21 years must come with a guardian.

Books will be available for purchase, too.

Nancy Lord will participate in several events during Alaska Book Week in Alaska. Here’s a look at her schedule:

  • Oct. 3–Trustees for Alaska event at Cynosure Brewing Co. in Anchorage, 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 4–Reading/talk at UAA Bookstore, Anchorage, from 5 to 7 p.m., with Darcy Dugan, director of the Alaska Ocean Acidification Network.
  • Oct. 5–Book signing at Fireside Books in Palmer at 4 p.m., followed by reading/talk at Turkey Red.
  • Oct. 6–Book signing at Barnes and Noble, Anchorage, 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Oct. 7–Alaska Book Fair, Fifth Avenue Mall, Anchorage, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Books on sale!)