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The UAA Campus Bookstore actively organizes free events to promote expression and engaged discussion. Guest Collections Live embraces a variety of topics and themes--from complex systems to global health and politics--which highlight visiting scholars and writers. These events are held to encourage discourse with time dedicated for Q & A. All events are offered and recorded by the UAA Campus Bookstore Events Manager, unless otherwise noted. They are taped live and posted without cutting or editing. Note, gaps in sound may occur due to lack of microphone usage.

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The UAA Campus Bookstore actively organizes free events to promote expression and engaged discussion. Guest Collections Live embraces a variety of topics and themes--from complex systems to global health and politics--which highlight visiting scholars and writers. These events are held to encourage discourse with time dedicated for Q & A. All events are offered and recorded by the UAA Campus Bookstore Events Manager, unless otherwise noted. They are taped live and posted without cutting or editing. Note, gaps in sound may occur due to lack of microphone usage.

    The Life and Poetry of Randi Owens

    The Life and Poetry of Randi Owens

    A poet since childhood, Randi Owens shares her 3 collections of poetry dated 1969-1973, 1974-1995, and 1996-2016. As a young child Randi survived the death of both her parents and a disparaging upbringing by writing poems, reading books and discovering that “there is more to life than what I was living”. Her poetry lives beyond the page and is full of deep thoughts, meaning and emotion.

    • 39 Min.
    Anand Prahlad presents the Secret Life of a Black Aspie

    Anand Prahlad presents the Secret Life of a Black Aspie

    Anand Prahlad is a professor, poet and authority on African American folklore. His memoir, The Secret Life of a Black Aspie, discusses growing up in the South with autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, which was eventually diagnosed when he was 57. Prahlad received his MA and PhD in folklore studies and sociolinguistics at UC Berkeley and UCLA. He curreently teaches folklore, film, creative writing, and diability studies in the English department at the University of Missouri, Columbia where ha has been a professor since 1990. His published work includes: African American Folklore: An Encyclopedia for Students; Reggaie Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music; The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore, 3 volumes; and the poetry collection As Good As Many. His memoir, The Secret Life of a Black Aspie is published by University of Alaska Press.

    • 1 Std. 21 Min.
    Author of Historical Vampire Fiction, Bruce Woods presents Royal Blood

    Author of Historical Vampire Fiction, Bruce Woods presents Royal Blood

    In Royal Blood, Vampire Paulette Monot is recruited by Sherlock Holmes, financier Cecil Rhodes, and actress Lady Ellen Terry to venture to Matabele-land to secure the establishment of the nation Rhodesia.

    “Thoroughly accurate in its descriptions of the period in which it takes place, it uses the language of Victorian fiction in an otherworldly narrative of adventure, passion, and a distinctly vampiric coming of age.”

    Bruce Woods is a professional writer/editor with more than 30 years in magazine publishing, having worked as editor of Mother Earth News and Alaska Magazine, among others, and has published both nonfiction and poetry books. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

    • 40 Min.
    Translator Andrea Gregovich presents Wake in Winter by Nadezhada Belenkaya

    Translator Andrea Gregovich presents Wake in Winter by Nadezhada Belenkaya

    The novel, Wake In Winter, is set in the provincial town of Rogozhin, which is a driving distance from Moscow. It is a story about a talented graduate student, Nina Koretskaya, who finds an opportunity to earn money by translating and interpreting Spanish by working for an adoption agent named Ksenia. As Nina gets herself more and more involved in the adoption process, she becomes emotionally disturbed by the children she attempts to help, and finds herself involved in what looks more and more like an adoption mafia.

    At the event, Andrea Gregovich discusses her translation process and other work in progree. Andrea Gregovich earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of Nevada Las Vegas. Her translation of USSR, Diary of a Perestroika Kid by Vladimir Kozlov has been widely acclaimed.

    Russian author Nadezhda Belenkaya, born in Moscow, has a degree in Hispanic studies and literary translation from the Gorky Literary Institute. Wake in Winter is her first novel.



    • 1 Std. 8 Min.
    Author Marivi Soliven presents The Mango Bride

    Author Marivi Soliven presents The Mango Bride

    Author Marivi Soliven presents The Mango Bride and A Frank Talk about Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities and the Filipino Diaspora
    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.

    Sponsors for this event include Department of Health Sciences, Alaskero Partnership Organizers, Alaskeros Kasamahan, and Center for Community Engagement & Learning.

    • 1 Std. 11 Min.
    Kathi Diamant presents Kafka's Last Love, Dora Diamant

    Kathi Diamant presents Kafka's Last Love, Dora Diamant

    At this event, author and researcher Kathi Diamant discusses her book Kafka’s Last Love: The Mystery of Dora Diamant and explores the relationship between Franz Kafka and his companion and confidante Dora Diamant (1898-1952). She details their life in Berlin and, after his death in 1924, Dora's passionate commitment to keep Kafka’s literary flame alive while caught in the maelstroms of fascism, communism and the Holocaust.

    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 shares her latest findings and her extraordinary adventures through archives and history.

    • 1 Std. 22 Min.

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