"Part Annie Dillard, part Anne Lamott."- L.A. Times
"Lende writes emotionally but never sentimentally, giving us the best Alaska memoir of late, maybe the best ever." -Booklist
“The genuineness of Heather Lende’s experience and her thoughtfulness about life’s bad breaks and unexpected gifts—expressed so well in her fine funny writing- make me want to ordain her as the goddess of good sense and song.” - Nancy Lord, Alaska Writer Laureate
Praise for Amazon bestseller Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs
Q&A with Heather Lende
Ten* Things to Think About if You Are Hit by a Truck
Thanks for stopping by--
It's the beginning of the holiday season, and there is much to be thankful for-- home, family, community, my dog Pearl-- and the weather. I'm like little Madeleine, I love winter ice and snow, which is a good thing, since I live in Haines, Alaska. Mostly, I seem to be busy doing, as one friend says, "not much of nothing" but it takes all day-- from firewood and keeping the chicken water thawed to walking the dog and working on what I hope is the final draft of Finding the Good, my third book for Algonquin due out in 2015. The other two are NY Times bestseller If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name (Algonquin 2005) about real life in this small-town through my perspective as the obituary writer, and Amazon bestselling Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs (Algonquin 2010) about recovering from a bad accident thanks to community, family, and faith.
You may know me from reading my long running column in the Anchorage Daily News, I also contributed to NPR's Morning Edition and Woman's Day Magazine for a couple of years-- I've had essays and commentary in lots of places from Country Living Magazine, Sunset, and Middlebury Magazine to National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times and Tidal Echoes Literary and Arts Journal. I blog for the Alaska Dispatch and write the obituaries for our weekly paper the Chilkat Valley News. Lately, I've been volunteering on air hosting a few country music shows on KHNS, Haines' community radio station, which you may listen to as well, thanks to brand new live streaming. I'm on the faculty at the North Words Writers Symposium in nearby Skagway,which is held at the end of May.
How did I get here? I grew up in New York, attended Friends Academy, drove to Alaska from the east coast in 1982 after graduating from Middlebury College and marrying my college sweetheart. My husband has owned a retail lumberyard, Lutak Lumber, here in Haines since 1986. We have five adult children and four (!) grand daughters who all live nearby. We all spend a lot of time together. I am an outdoorsy dog person, as well as a library and hospice volunteer, a regular at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Mission and sing in the women's choir, swim at the pool, and attend yoga class.
If you'd like a personalized copy of either of my books Tom and Liz Heywood at The Babbling Book store here in Haines are happy to mail you one. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the details.Please shop for my books first at your local bookstore. Supporting independent stores and businesses in towns across the country is a very good thing. Do your best to think local and buy local this holiday season. (The books are both available at most libraries, too.)
I am happy to Skype or visit via speakerphone with book clubs. Use the contact tab to reach me. I have a Facebook page too, which you may "like". Please check out my blog. There's lots of pictures of home and family. I do my best to post a few days a week, sometimes more.
Thanks again very much for reading what I write and sharing my books. You've made me a bestselling author and for that I'm very, very thankful. I do my best to answer your emails and letters, they all make my day. It amazes me how many people read what I write, and how many friends I have whom I've never met.
I hope you and yours are well, and that the season brings you thick ice, warm fires, and friends and family to share it all with.