PUBLISHED: 4:10 PM on Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Book signing features Juneau fishing guide
J. Kevin Curry will be autographing his book, "Rip Some Lips," on Friday, Dec. 7, during Gallery Walk at Rainy Day Books downtown on Seward Street. The signing begins at 6 p.m. and runs through the evening's Gallery Walk festivities.

"In real life, I'm a licensed fishing guide. 'Rip Some Lips' takes license with the agony, ecstasy and hilarity of fishing in Southeast Alaska," Curry said. "My friends, family and guests were fodder for most of the stories captured in its pages. I had my share to contribute as well."

Among his favorite "fish tales" is recounting how he, his nephew and brother-in-law all took turns at the rod hoisting what was sure to be a barn door, only to find it was a ping pong paddle halibut with the line wrapped around the anchor and 30 feet of chain. Curry retorts, "Now that ping pong paddle had girth."

Curry and his wife, Cindy, joke that "the family that slays together, stays together." They moved to Alaska about 12 years ago after deciding they could spend a month's wages on a trip to Alaska or they could take the same money and just move here. A few weeks later they were driving off the ferry in Juneau.

The book is the second for Curry who in a "past life" was a humor writer for Capital City Weekly.

He began his professional life as a radio host before seeing fit to chuck it all and move to Alaska to catch big fish.

Sportsmen and those with sportsmen on their holiday list are invited to Rainy Day Books to meet Curry and pick up a few stocking stuffers.