Submitted by fireside@goodbo... on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:19pm
04/28/2014 4:00 pm
Arctic Son author Jean Aspen will be here to talk about her book and the accompanying DVD.
Arctic Son chronicles a family’s journey into the Brooks Range, to build a log cabin, hunt, and let the vast, harsh beauty of the Arctic envelop them. At once a portrait of courage and a heart-pounding adventure, this story portrays a discovery into what we value in life. Cut off from the rest of the world for more than a year, now her family would discover strength and beauty in their daily lives. They candidly filmed themselves and later produced a companion documentary, ARCTIC SON: Fulfilling the Dream, which shows on PBS stations across the nation. From an encounter with a grizzly bear at arm's length to a challenging six-hundred-mile river passage back to civilization, ARCTIC SON chronicles fourteen remarkable months alone in the Brooks Range. At once a portrait of courage, a lyrical odyssey, and authentic adventure, this is a family's extraordinary journey into America's last frontier. http://www.jeanaspen.com/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Daughter of arctic explorer Constance Helmericks, Jean Aspen began life in the wilderness. Throughout six decades, the natural world has remained central to her. Jean is the author of Arctic Daughter and Arctic Son. She and her husband, Tom Irons, live in Alaska and spend much of each year in Alaskan wilds.
WHAT’S THE FILM ABOUT?:
Arctic Son Fulfilling the Dream is a true and authentic wilderness-family adventure that takes place in Alaska. It is a survival program without the present day TV ‘survival’ hype. It is touching, poignant, funny at times, and real – 20 years in the making. Viewers see a real log cabin built before their eyes along with camping, canoeing, hiking and honest family interactions. At no time did they sensationalize the story line – even a bear attack was not blown out of proportion. Their truly dangerous 600-mile float trip in an extremely overloaded canoe was reduced to three minutes of movie time.
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We're in the heart of Downtown Palmer, right across from the Train Depot
(That's the big blue building!)
720 S. Alaska St.
Palmer, AK 99645
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Way back in the later part of the 20th Century, David Cheezem and Melissa Behnke decided they wanted to open a bookstore. Both husband and wife were and are avid readers. Melissa's mother Peggy helped grow the small Wasilla library, and she grew up in a family of readers. David had just completed his Masters in Fine Arts degree in creative writing, and felt that his fellow writers deserved a place where good writing was honored and celebrated.
They found the perfect location for a bookstore in Palmer -- the small agricultural town in Alaska with a rich history and cultural heritage.
In 2001 David and Melissa discovered an empty storefront within a stone's throw of Vagabond Blues, their favorite Alaskan coffee-shop. It was the perfect location for a bookstore.