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Story hours for kids are great, but why should they get all the fun? We've finished Tip of the Iceberg, by Mark Adams. Our next book will be If you lived here, I'd know your name, by Heather Lende.
“Part Annie Dillard, part Anne Lamott, essayist and NPR commentator Heather Lende introduces readers to life in the town of Haines, Alaska . . . subtly reminding readers to embrace each day, each opportunity, each life that touches our own and to note the beauty of it all.” —The Los Angeles Times
Sharing her experiences in Haines, Alaska, located ninety miles north of Juneau, Heather shares essays based on her obituaries and social columns in the local paper.
"Whether contemplating the mysterious death of eccentric Speedy Joe, who wore nothing but a red union suit and a hat he never took off, not even for a haircut; researching the details of a one-legged lady gold miner's adventurous life; worrying about her son's first goat-hunting expedition; observing the awe-inspiring Chilkat Bald Eagle Festival; or ice skating in the shadow of glacier-studded mountains, Lende's warmhearted style brings us inside her small-town life. We meet her husband, Chip, who owns the local lumber yard; their five children; and a colorful assortment of quirky friends and neighbors, including aging hippies, salty fishermen, native Tlingit Indians, and volunteer undertakers—as well as the moose, eagles, sea lions, and bears with whom they share this wild and perilous land."
Heather Lende is the current Alaska State Writer Laureate. "Her many essays and stories, mostly about life and sometimes death in Haines, Alaska have been distributed widely, from The Anchorage Daily News and Christian Science Monitor to NPR and Country Living. She is a former contributing editor at Woman’s Day magazine and for over twenty years has written some 400 obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News in Haines. She is the author of bestselling memoirs from Algonquin Books, Find the Good, If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name, Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs, and most recently Of Bears and Ballots in 2020.
Born and raised in New York, Heather attended Locust Valley Friends Academy earned a BA in history from Middlebury College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She and her husband Chip have lived in Haines for over 35 years where they own a lumberyard and hardware store. They have five children and 8 grandchildren.
Heather is involved in the Haines community on many levels, from the library and public radio to sporting events and hospice care.
She is the recipient of the 2016 Alaska Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities and the Episcopal Bishop of Alaska’s Bishop’s Cross Award.
Heather likes to hang out with her family, workout at the pool, ride her bike, and walk with her dogs in all kinds of weather.