"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
As the obituary writer for the local paper in Haines, Alaska (population 2,400), Heather Lende knows a thing or two about life and death and dealing with the unexpected. Her first book, If You Lived Here I’d Know Your Name, painted a beautiful and honest picture of small-town life and drew raves from reviewers. Now in paperback, Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs conveys the importance of spirituality and community in life’s lessons. Read more...

Q&A with Heather Lende
Heather discusses raising a family in Alaska, writing about people she knows, being part of a tight-knit community, the role of faith in her life, and . . . chickens. Read more...

Ten* Things to Think About if You Are Hit by a Truck
The people of Haines were tremendously influential in my recovery, as were my family and my faith. Throughout the healing process, I was forced to look anew at so many aspects of my life. You don’t need to wait for a near-fatal accident to take stock of what’s most important, though. I’ve put together this list based on some of the questions I asked myself during that time. I hope these will help you start a discussion with your friends and family about your own spiritual and community life. Read more...

Thanks for stopping by--

Another book is complete. Find the Good, my third book for Algonquin will be published spring of 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 Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs (Algonquin 2010) about recovering from a bad  accident thanks to community, family, and faith-- and writing a few good obits. 

 You may know me from reading my long running column in the Anchorage Daily News, and will be happy to know I will be writing a column for the new combined Daily News and Alaska Dispatch, The Alaska Dispatch News, beginning July 20.

 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  write most of the obituaries for our weekly paper  the Chilkat Valley News. 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 in Haines, Lutak Lumber  since 1986. We have five adult children and four (!) grand daughters who all live nearby so we spend a lot of time together. I am an outdoorsy dog person (Pearl, my golden retriever is two now),  as well as a library and hospice and Haines Borough planning commission volunteer. I sing in the women's choir, swim at the pool, and attend yoga class and ride a road bike.

If you'd like a personalized copy of either of my books, Tom and Liz Heywood at The Babbling Book store on Main Street in Haines are happy to mail you one. Email  babblingbook@aptalaska.net for the details. Please buy books from your local bookstoreSupporting independent stores and businesses in towns across the country is a very good thing.(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 and news of Haines event's. 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.












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