Ray Hudson will present a public talk "Fact and Fable in a Novel about Alaska" featuring his new book, Ivory and Paper: Adventures in and Out of Time, at the Ilsley Library, Monday, May 7 at 4 pm.
Hudson will talk about how facts blended with fiction in the writing of this new book. His writing about the Aleutians has been praised by such diverse writers as Naomi Shihab Nye, Karen Hesse, Gary Snyder, Sue Harrison, and Brian Payton, and Gerri Brightwell, author of Dead of Winter says this new book is a “suspenseful Alaska fantasy novel that will delight teen readers.”
Thirteen-year-old Booker leads a sheltered life in Vermont—until a spellbinding relic throws him skidding into a world of magic and myths come to life. Anna is an Unangax̂ teenager looking for answers after her long-absent mother reappears in her life. When a mysterious bookmark brings them together on the Aleutian Islands, they’re sent on a dangerous quest to return a magical amulet to Anna’s Unangan ancestors. As they adventure across islands that glow like moonstones, they cross paths with nineteenth-century chiefs, the mysterious Woman of the Volcano, and the sinister Real Raven. While their journey is tinged with the fantastic, it’s based in real depictions of Unangan culture and history—the first historical novel set in Unangan folklore. It’s a coming-of-age-story that will resonate with young adult readers on their own journeys to discover their personal and cultural identities.
Ray Hudson is the author of Moments Rightly Placed. He is also the author and editor of several scholarly books on the Aleutian Islands. A retired public school teacher, he is a woodblock artist and poet who lives in Vermont.
Sponsored by The Vermont Book Shop and Ilsley Public Library.