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Heather Lende, Haines writer and recipient of a 2017 Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities, is the fireside lecturer on Friday, February 10 at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.
Governor’s Humanities Award recipient Lende to be Fireside speaker 020817 AE 1 Capital City Weekly Heather Lende, Haines writer and recipient of a 2017 Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities, is the fireside lecturer on Friday, February 10 at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Story last updated at 2/7/2017 - 8:08 pm

Governor’s Humanities Award recipient Lende to be Fireside speaker

Heather Lende, Haines writer and recipient of a 2017 Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities, is the fireside lecturer on Friday, February 10 at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Lende is known for personal portraits of her neighbors and reports of events in small-town Alaska. Lende started as an obituary writer for the Chilkat Valley News and has gone on to be a contributor to the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Woman’s Day, National Public Radio, and Alaska Dispatch News.

Lende has also written three books that delve into the lives of Southeast Alaskans: “If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name,” “Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs,” and “Find the Good.” For the lecture she will be reading one of her favorite essays on life, love, loss and ice skating, titled “Fire and Ice,” as well as excerpts from “Find the Good.”

“I believe gratitude comes from a place in your soul that knows the story could have ended differently, and often does,” Lende wrote in her latest book. “And I also know that gratitude is at the heart of finding the good in the world.”

Fireside Lectures are free and occur Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. and repeat at 8 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service’s Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Winter hours for the Center are Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Elevators are not operational due to construction. Access is via outdoor ramp or stairs. For more information call 907-789-0097.