PUBLISHED: 6:01 PM on Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Alaskan author Kantner captures life in the far north
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - When "Ordinary Wolves" debuted in 2004, critics were stunned by Seth Kantner's uncanny ability to describe a fictional Alaskan childhood largely untouched by outside forces, consumerism, and modernity. Now, in this collection of nonfiction and color photographs, fans can read the backstory of Kantner's childhood, and see a changing Alaska through his insider's eye.

Beginning with his parents' migration to the wilderness of Arctic Alaska and extending to contemporary struggles between subsistence living and sport hunting, "Shopping for Porcupine" provides an illuminating, unforgettable account of life in the far north. Memories of an imaginary source of childhood surfeit; a grown man's appreciation for his young daughter's unfettered understanding of language; enlightened meditations on the permanence, severity, and grandeur of nature; and finally, elegiac warnings and stirring calls to action-taken together, these essays provide a revealing portrait of the author of the bestselling novel Ordinary Wolves, and of the land he so deeply loves.

  Seth Kantner, author of the best seller "Ordinary Wolves" released his second book.
Through it all we hear the voice of a true artist. The prose slows and rifles, then leapfrogs and pauses the passage of time, in a landscape unlike any other. Moving, alarming, and utterly beautiful, this collection will further establish Seth Kantner as one of the most original writers in America today.

About the author

Seth Kantner was born and raised in the wilderness of northern Alaska. He attended the University of Alaska and the University of Montana, where he received a BA in journalism.

He has worked as a trapper, fisherman, gardener, mechanic, igloo builder, and adjunct professor. His writing and photographs have appeared in Outside, Orion, The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, Alaska, Switch!, Reader's Digest, and other anthologies and publications.

He is a Milkweed National Fiction Prize winner, and a Whiting Award recipient. His novel Ordinary Wolves won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.

He lives with his wife and daughter in Kotzebue, Alaska.