Chilkat Valley News - Serving Haines and Klukwan, Alaska since 1966

Sound Familiar?


Tom Morphet

Author Dale Brandenberger, a Fish and Game biologist who has lived and worked in Haines seasonally, reads from his mystery, "Grizzly Trade," during a book-signing Sept. 11 at the public library. Brandenberger's tale is set in the fictitious town of Alkoot, Alaska, a place with military veterans, cruise ships, brown bears, environmentalists, rednecks, hippies, a controversial fish weir and a Soapsuds Alley. Brandenberger said that after moving to Alaska, "I started having enough adventures and meeting enough characters to fill 10 volumes of work." Brandenberger said authors who influenced him include Ken Kesey, William Faulkner, Carl Hiassen, John D. MacDonald and David James Duncan. "You can't wait for the muse. You've got to go out and find the muse," Brandenberger said.

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