Story last updated at 6/24/2009 - 10:45 am
Alaska writer Nick Jans released his ninth book this month, entitled "Glacier Wolf: True Stories of Life in Southeast Alaska." The self-published volume of essays includes 26 stories of life in Southeast Alaska. Most involve natural encounters of sort sort - with black and brown bears, red squirrels, killer whales, humpbacks and a baby mink. As the title suggests, several essays describe recurring encounters with Romeo, the black male wolf frequently seen near the Mendenhall Glacier in the winter time.
With Romeo as the anchor, Jans takes readers from Misty Fjords to Glacier Bay, from sailing in rough waters to flying through not-so-friendly skies. Another recurring character is Jans's wife Sherrie, and her penchant for caring for any creature who needs her help - be it a hummingbird, a squirrel or a mink.
Jans has lived in Alaska for more than 20 years and traveled widely during that time. But on page 81 he writes, "I'm not sure I'll ever get my mind wrapped around the scale of this state." Life-long Alaskans and first-time visitors alike would probably agree. And both new-comers and old-timers will likely find plenty to wrap their minds around in Jans's well-crafted slices of Southeast life.
Nick Jans will be at Hearthside Books downtown on Thursday, June 25 for a signing from 1-3 p.m. He will give a slideshow presentation at the Nugget Mall Hearthside Books at 7 p.m. that evening. For more information on the events, call 789-2750.