The Arts in Brief

Homer Bookstore releases
its 2015 best-seller list

The Homer Bookstore has released its 2015 best-seller list of books sold at the independent bookstore last year. The list is compiled from overall sales figures. 

Once again, the list includes national books with works published by local and Alaska writers. Four Homer writers made the top-10 on the list: Linda Martin’s first book of poetry, “I Follow in the Dust She Raises,” Molly Montgomery’s “Beachcomber’s ABCs,” Eva Saulitis’ “Prayer in Wind” and Jim Rearden’s “Old Alaska II.”

Here is the list:

1) “The Martian,” by Andy Weir

2) “I Follow in the Dust She Raises,” by Linda Martin

3) “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman

4) “Astoria: Astor and Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire,” by Peter Stark

5) “Beachcomber’s ABCs,” by Molly Montgomery

6) “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from A Little Golden Book,” by Diane Muldrow

7) “Prayer in Wind,” by Eva Saulitis

8) “Find the Good,” by Heather Lende

9) “Old Alaska II,” by Jim Rearden

10) “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” by Atul Gawande

11) “Kachemak Bay Alaska,” by the Homer Foundation

12) Tie: “Pilgrim’s Wilderness,” by Tom Kizzia

“Boys in the Boat,” by Daniel James Brown

13) Tie: “All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr

“Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” by Marie Kondo

14) “Kachemak Bay Communities,” by Janet Klein

15) “Tisha,” by Robert Specht

16) “Milepost 2015,” by Milepost Editors

17) Tie: “Boreal Herbal,” by Beverley Gray

“Mary Jane’s Hash Brownies, Hot Pot and Other Marijuana Munchies,” by Dr. Hash

18) “Octopus in the Outhouse,” by Stacy Studebaker

19) “Wild Fermentation,” by Sandor Katz

20) “King of Fish,” by David Montgomery


Author Marilyn Nelson to read, 

teach at KBC in February

Marilyn Nelson, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Newbery and Coretta Scott King awards, does a free public reading at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and a poetry workshop Feb. 13-14 at Kachemak Bay Campus. She is the author or translator of 15 poetry books for adults and children and five chapbooks. 

In 2014 Nelson published a memoir, “How I Discovered Poetry.” In her workshop, students will create several poems using as prompts imagery, language and poetic techniques from Lao-Tzu, Rumi, San Juan de la Cruz, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz, Emily Dickinson, Gary Snyder, Lucille Clifton, Naomi Shihab Nye, Joy Harjo, Pattianne Rogers and Jane Hirschfield. To register for the workshop, visit


Going heads to St. Petersburg
as artist-in-residence

Visual artist Jo Going will be artist-in-residence in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the month of February. She will create formed paper and painted sculptures for a solo exhibit there entitled “Latitude,” which will explore latitude both as geography and concept. St. Petersburg and Homer are on the same global latitude. 

Going said her intention is “to bridge the distance in place and in spirit, creating a resonance in concept and fundamental human understanding, the latitude we give to others in the space between our differences.”

The list of collections in which her art is represented include the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

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