• Author presents 27 tales of Alaska’s early goldrush adventures
By Randi Somers
Author Jean Meaux will present a slide show and talk based on her new book, “In Pursuit of Alaska, An Anthology of Travelers’ Tales, 1879-1909” this Friday evening, from 5-7 p.m.
Meaux lived in Anchorage from 1971 until 1985, and was a freelance writer for the Anchorage Daily News. During that time, she worked on the book, collecting stories about the men and women who came to Alaska in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
After attending Tulane Law School, she stayed in Louisiana to raise her three children and practice family law. In 2009, she opened the cardboard box containing her Alaska manuscript and began writing again.
Meaux gathered stories from these adventuresome souls who climbed glaciers, crossed torrential rivers, abandoned loved ones and squandered their life savings in a mad rush to the goldfields.
Upon returning home, she was besieged with requests to write about her wilderness adventures.
Meaux’s new publication presents 27 accounts, and is the basis of her talk and slide show at the Pratt Museum.
This event is held in partnership with the Homer Bookstore.
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