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Event DetailsIn April 2016 we launched our Pilot Author Exchange Program by bringing four authors from Anchorage, Alaska to San Diego, California. Now, in September 2016, four San Diegan Authors are journeying to Alaska for their turn. Over the course of a week there will be multiple events put on for each author, as well as, panels. Here are listing of those exciting events:
About the EventsSaturday, Sept. 24, 2016: Alaska Writers Guild Conference
9:50 - 10:50 am: "Best Practices to Present Your Book" with Kathi DiamantHow do you present your book to an audience so that they will buy it? This workshop will offer specific techniques to craft talking points about your book, and adapt those messages to various audiences, covering the spectrum from the inhabitants of an elevator, to book club groups, classrooms, speaking engagements, and print, web, radio and television interviews. Topics covered include creating a 30-second "elevator speech" and how to prepare for a live broadcast interview or speaking engagement.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm: "How to Market Your Book, Building an Author Foundation" with Susan McBethYou wouldn’t dream of building your house without a foundation, yet counter-intuitively, that’s precisely what most authors do. It’s not until after they create their book that they typically start to think about a marketing foundation to launch it successfully. In this session, Susan will share tips on how you can start building your foundation, no matter where you are at in the publishing process. Learn about some innovative ways to host your book events, whether you are setting up your very first book signing, or you are a seasoned author looking to inject new life into your book signings.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm: "Dialogue" with Marivi Soliven
In an increasingly diverse world community, writers face the challenge of replicating a myriad of voices into their stories. In this session, writers will learn to create memorable, authentic characters by capturing the cadence of English as it is spoken by non-English speakers and weaving other languages into their dialogues, including strategies for replicating the nuanced speech patterns of characters from varied cultural ans socio-economic backgrounds. Participants will examine excerpts from stories by Jhumpa Lahiri, Edwidge Danticat, and Soliven's own work. Following this discussion, writers will draft passages of dialogue inspired by writing prompts. Those comfortable with sharing their work will be encouraged to read their scenes aloud for feedback.
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm: "How to Record History" with Kitty MorseHave you ever daydreamed, while standing at the stove, of handing down family recipes to the next generation? Better yet, of recording your family’s history in the process? Don’t wait to tell your story. This sense of urgency motivated Kitty to write her award-winning memoir, Mint Tea and Minarets: a banquet of Moroccan memories. During this hour-long seminar, find out how she gathered family recipes and stories, tested the dishes, organized text and photographs, and mastered the publishing and marketing processes. An Evening at the Kasbah
5:00-7:00 pm: Kafka's Last Love: The Mystery of Dora Diamant
Kathi Diamant is director of the Kafka Project at San Diego State University, an ongoing international search for Kafka's missing literary treasure: 35 letters and 20 notebooks written by Kafka in the last year of his life, and confiscated from Dora by the Gestapo in Berlin 1933. Just returning from investigations in Berlin, Kathi will also share her latest findings and her extraordinary adventures through archives and history.
1:00-2:30 pm: The Mango Bride & Domestic Violence
Marivi Soliven has worked as an interpreter for immigrant survivors of domestic violence. Her book The Mango Bride “offers a personal glimpse into extreme poverty in Manila and what growing up in deprivation can do to someone. The book explains how the mail-bride system works (horribly) and how women who try to escape their misery for a life of dreams sometimes become trapped in a nightmare.” Topics addressed at the event include the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Filipino diaspora and the Saving Beverly movement.
5:30-7:00 pm: 10 Things You Should Know About Franz Kafka
6:00-8:00 pm: Book Discussion & Demonstration
Kitty Morse, award-winning cookbook author, memoirist and cooking teacher, will talk about living in Morocco, focusing on the cuisine of the area. Join us as she shares photographs and a taste of Morocco, including a demonstration of how to make preserved lemons.
7:30-8:30 pm: Saving Beverly FundraiserInspired by her work as an interpreter for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, San Diego author Marivi Soliven wrote The Mango Bride. Within the context of the novel, Beverly, an immigrant wife whose dreams of a better life vanish when her marriage turns violent, is a composite of the anonymous women for whom Soliven translates. Domestic violence cuts through all socio-economic classes. Despite their widely differing backgrounds, immigrant wives are especially vulnerable when their legal status is controlled by an abusive spouse. After several women shared their own stories of domestic violence, Soliven realized that more could be done –should be done – to spare others from suffering Beverly’s fate. At the Saving Beverly event in Anchorage, Soliven & McBeth will discuss the expanded protections of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Filipino diaspora, and the Saving Beverly movement, which raises funds for community organizations that support immigrant survivors of domestic violence. $10 suggested donation to support Abused Women Aid in Crisis (AWAIC). "Sprinkle Flowers on Your Plate" for the Alaska Botanical Garden Lecture Series
7:30-8:30 pm: Sprinkle Flowers on Your Plate
The Alaska Botanical Garden and 49 Writers are teaming up to bring you an amazing lecture on edible flowers. “Sprinkle flowers on your plate!” featuring Kitty Morse, author of 11 cookbooks including her latest, Edible Flowers: A Kitchen Companion with recipes. During her presentation, Kitty will share her knowledge of growing, gathering and cooking with these delectable edibles. A sampling of flowers and treats containing them, recipe handouts, and a signing of Kitty’s latest book, Edible Flowers: A Kitchen Companion with recipes round out the presentation.