VIRTUAL: Heather Lende (Of Bears and Ballots) Author Discussion

Bank Square Books and Savoy Bookshop & Café present a virtual author conversation and Q&A with Heather Lende, author of Of Bears and Ballots. Heather will be in conversation with  Annie Philbrick, owner of Bank Square Books and Savoy Bookshop & CaféThis event is free and open to the public, but you will need to register to join the Crowdcast Stream.

About the Book

“This book will inspire people to work with and for their neighbors in all kinds of ways!” —Bill McKibben, author of Falter 

The writer whom the Los Angeles Times calls “part Annie Dillard, part Anne Lamott” now brings us her quirky and compassionate account of holding local office.
 
Heather Lende was one of the thousands of women inspired to take a more active role in politics during the past few years. Though her entire campaign for assembly member in Haines, Alaska, cost less than $1,000, she won! But tiny, breathtakingly beautiful Haines—a place accessible from the nearest city, Juneau, only by boat or plane—isn’t the sleepy town that it appears to be: from a bitter debate about the expansion of the fishing boat harbor to the matter of how to stop bears from rifling through garbage on Main Street to the recall campaign that targeted three assembly members, including Lende, we witness the nitty-gritty of passing legislation, the lofty ideals of our republic, and how the polarizing national politics of our era play out in one small town.

With an entertaining cast of offbeat but relatable characters, Of Bears and Ballots is an inspirational tale about what living in a community really means, and what we owe one another. 

About Heather Lende

Heather Lende has contributed essays and commentary to NPR, the New York Times, and National Geographic Traveler, among other newspapers and magazines, and is a former contributing editor at Woman’s Day. A columnist for the Alaska Dispatch News, she is the obituary writer for the Chilkat Valley News in Haines and the recipient of the Suzan Nightingale McKay Best Columnist Award from the Alaska Press Club. Her previous bestselling books are Find the GoodTake Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs, and If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name. Lende was voted Citizen of the Year, Haines Chamber of Commerce, in 2004. Her website is heatherlende.com.

About Virtual Events

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Event date: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616208516
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - June 30th, 2020

“This book will inspire people to work with and for their neighbors in all kinds of ways!” —Bill McKibben, author of Falter 

The writer whom the Los Angeles Times calls “part Annie Dillard, part Anne Lamott” now brings us her quirky and compassionate account of holding local office.
 
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