The Arts In Brief

Friends of Homer Public Library get Big Read grant
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Friends of the Homer Public Library a $9,000 Big Read grant for Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.” The Big Read brings communities together around a great work of literature and each Big Read organization will develop programming designed for widespread engagement. NEA awarded 77 Big Read grants nationwide for 36 books by authors and poets. Organizations develop innovative programming designed to engage diverse members of the community and inspire more people to read for pleasure and enrichment, the NEA said. The Friends of the Homer Public Library had previously received a Big Read grant for Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried.”

Pier One announces revision
to summer season
Pier One Theatre has made a change in its summer schedule. “The Unpredicatable Times” has been replaced by “RED,” a two-person play by John Logan and directed by Marc Oliver. “RED” shows May 30, 31, June 1; June 5, 6, 7, 8. For more information, visit
For reservations, call 235-7333.

Hornaday publishes sequel
to ‘The Meth Conspiracy’
Josh Hornaday, a writer raised in Homer and Kenai and now living in Libertyville, Ill., has published “Memories of Meth,” the sequel to his science fiction and fantasy novel, “The Meth Conspiracy.” Writing as J.E. Horn, Hornaday explores the issue of methamphetamine abuse in a science fiction context where meth addicts provide power for nonhuman beings. In the first book, he introduced the trials and adventures of the troubled Jonathan Champion. In “Memories of Meth,” Hornaday continues the journey of Champion, who struggles to make sense out of the strange world he finds himself in.
Both books can be found in hard copy and e-book on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and most other book selling sites.

Reality show seeks
Bristol Bay fishermen
Metal Flowers Media seeks men and women who fish in Bristol Bay to be cast in a new reality TV show, “Bristol Bay.”
“The competition is fierce and the stakes are high as these fishermen battle the elements and each other to catch their yearly income,” Joey Swartzentruber of Metal Flowers Media writes about the show. “Whether you’re an infamous old-school sailor known for your legendary catch record or a passionate young gun who has put it all on the line for a payday, we want to meet you.”
Fishermen interested in being on the show can write Swartzentruber at or visit

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