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Lara Messersmith-Glavin, Spirit Things - IN PERSON

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Fri, 10/07/2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Join us in the Readings Gallery to hear from this collection of essays exploring the secret histories, science, and mythology of objects on a fishing boat in Alaska.  It's another great event in our Nature of Writing series, a partnership between Village Books and the North Cascades Institute!

We are still operating at a limited capacity for our events so we recommend pre-registering on Eventbrite to reserve your spot. 


Spirit Things recounts stories of fishing, family, synesthesia, gender, and violence against the backdrop of the Alaskan fishing industry. Each essay follows an object through its history, drawing together the delicate lines that link things through their making and use, their genesis and evolution, and the ways they gain significance in an individual’s life.

“Many fishing memoirs are filled with high seas drama, but Messersmith-Glavin focuses instead on what Blake called the 'luminous details' as revealed in the 'spirit things' she chooses to carry her story, objects as seemingly mundane as a glove and as complex as a wave. Spirit Things will appeal to anyone who’s fallen hard for Alaska and wants to be reminded what they love—and miss—about wilderness, fishing, and those who are drawn to the far North.”
—Holly J. Hughes, author of Hold Fast, Passings, and Sailing by Ravens

Lara Messersmith-Glavin grew up fishing in the salmon fleet around Kodiak Island, Alaska, though now she is a writer, educator, and performer based in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in Across the Margin, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Stoneboat Literary Journal, Radiant Voices: 21 Feminist Essays for Rising Up, Anchored in Deep Water: the Fisherpoets Anthology, and elsewhere. She was awarded the AtM 2018 Best Nonfiction Award and the Chinalyst Award for Best Travel Writing in 2008. You can find her at

Online registration closes one hour prior to the event. Walk-ins will be welcome if there are available spaces. 

Spirit Things (The Alaska Literary Series) By Lara Messersmith-Glavin, Roger Peet (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781602234550
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Alaska Press - May 20th, 2022