Olga Lovick is professor of linguistics and department head at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the editor of a collection of stories of the Tetlin people of Alaska. Her new book, A Grammar of Upper Tanana, Volume 1, provides a … Continue reading From the Desk of Olga Lovick: The Meaning of Grammar
“Significant and timely. . . . Wise Words of the Yup’ik People and Yup’ik Words of Wisdom together honor the richness of oral tradition among Alaska Natives while addressing a … Continue reading A Language of Love: New Editions of Yup’ik Wisdom
A warm round of applause for our award-winning authors! Congratulations! Author Award Whiting Award: 2016 Winner in Poetry Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair “She renders the geography of Jamaica as something that takes over her body, and yet concludes with the … Continue reading New Award Winners
Books Falafel Nation by Yael Raviv Praise from the Jewish Book Council: “. . . a detailed, meticulously researched, academic assessment of the ways in which Zionist political goals, local demographics and economics, Labor Zionism’s emphasis on the revival of Jewish agriculture on biblical soil, and more all combined to create modern Israeli identity on both national and individual levels . . . a thought-provoking read for someone interested in a detailed, intellectual exploration of the origins of Israeli identity from a new perspective.” So, How Long Have You Been Native? by Alexis C. Bunten Recommendation from Alaska Dispatch News: “Bunten wanders over … Continue reading NEWS AND REVIEWS
An excerpt from Sharing Our Knowledge: The Tlingit and Their Coastal Neighbors (March 2015) edited by Sergei Kan, with Steve Henrikson. X’eigaa Ḵaa (Tlingit Warrior) HAROLD JACOBS In Tlingit, the name for warrior is xeig̲aa ḵaa. Many “Lower 48” tribes have … Continue reading EXCERPT: Sharing Our Knowledge
Yesterday in Lincoln, Nebraska (home of the University of Nebraska Press) it was so cold that all area schools were cancelled. Being as dedicated to books as we are, UNP employees braved the frigid tundra to continue our quest to … Continue reading Reading List: Stories from Colder Climates
Read the beginning of Chapter 1, "At the Airport: A Romance" from Unlearning to Fly by Jennifer Brice:
"My father proposed to my mother in an airport. I like that sentence so much, I can hardly bear to revise it. But I must. The second time my father proposed to my mother, it was in an airport. The first time was in a car. They’d met three weeks earlier, when my father’s brother, Sam, asked my mother to be my father’s blind date for his own birthday party. He was twenty-seven and she was twenty-five. Back then, Al Brice was holding down three jobs: a mechanic for Pan Am, an afterhours fueler for a jet fuel-supply company, and a logger for his family’s fledgling land-clearing concern. Carol Heeks was a public health nurse who’d arrived in Fairbanks in July of 1961 at the wheel of a blue Plymouth Valiant. A New Yorker by birth and temperament, she was unwilling to spend the rest of her life in a frontier outpost so unprepossessing that a person could drive the length and breadth of it—as she once had—without ever realizing she’d arrived.