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Olen Steinhauer has penned a high-stakes international thriller that expertly blends dubious government behavior with memorable characters.

Erik Spanberg
I will believe my new book is done when it is in my hand, about a year from now. It's called “Finding the Good,” and is about how writing obituaries and rearing a big family has taught me to look for and find the good in people and situations.Heather Lende
A national writers conference in Seattle gave a rare opportunity for Alaska authors to consider the direction of the state's literary future, including the increasingly airbrushed view many have of the Last Frontier, thanks to reality TV.Colleen Mondor
An author and journalist from Alaska's past as well as its present, Joe McGinniss has died due to complications related to prostate cancer.Alaska Dispatch
A Fairbanks teen illustrator is receiving a national honor for her drawings next month in Hollywood.Megan Edge
Photographer Jeff Schultz has covered the Iditarod for over 30 years, taking more than 50,000 pictures from the ground and air. In his new book, he recounts some of his most memorable adventures.Colleen Mondor
Boston Globe features editor Doug Most serves up plenty of colorful drama with the story of the battle between Boston and New York to build America's first subway system.David Hugh Smith
The Shamus Award-winning author John Straley has written another Southeast Alaska mystery that fans and new readers alike will fall hard for.Colleen Mondor
Former child soldier Ishmael Beah offers a quiet tribute to human resilience.Yvonne Zipp
"The Secret Life of Bees" author Sue Monk Kidd weaves her own narrative into the real-life story of abolitionist Sarah Grimké.Elizabeth Brown



Hassle over $10,000 highlights need for more Alaska budget transparency

In the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session Alaska lawmakers introduced, then reduced, then ultimately eliminated a budget item that would have put up money to "influence the outcome" of a ballot initiative vote. It was the right thing to do, though it highlighted the need for a more transparent budget process.Dermot Cole