pH: A Novel
(Alaska Northwest Books, 2017)
When marine biologist Ray Berringer and his student crew embark on an oceanographic cruise in the Gulf of Alaska, the waters are troubled in more ways than one. Ray’s co-leader, the famed chemist Jackson Oakley, is abandoning ship just as the ocean’s decreasing pH levels are becoming a major concern for marine life. Helen, a grad student of Iñupiat (Eskimo) heritage, is suddenly left in charge of the cruise’s chemistry work. Annabel, an environmental artist along to help interpret research for the public, “does her own thing.” Back ashore, corrosion extends to the state university, and Ray’s “pteropod gang” finds itself collaborating on more than science.
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Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North (Counterpoint Press, 2011)
Nancy's book goes beyond documenting the climate change already so dramatic in Alaska and the Canadian Northwest to look at how northerners, especially indigenous peoples known for their resilience and adaptation, are responding.
Early Warming was the campus book read at Edmonds Community College for the 2015-16 school year. It was previously the Western Reads book at Western Washington University in Bellingham for the 2013-14 school year.
Here's my presentation at Edmonds Community College in April 2016.
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Made of Salmon
Made of Salmon: Alaska Stories From The Salmon Project
(University of Alaska Press, May 2016)
Nancy edited this anthology, which includes a foreword by Bella Hammond; essays by twenty-one of Alaska's best essayists, including Ernestine Hayes, Seth Kantner, and Heather Lende; and thirty-plus more personal stories by Alaskans about their relationships with salmon. The cover photo and interior color photos are by Clark James Mishler.
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Nancy Lord writes from her home base in Homer, Alaska. Her work is informed by a deep connection to the landscape and culture of the place she calls home. As a commercial salmon fisherman for twenty-five years (now retired) and later as a naturalist and historian on adventure cruise ships, she takes a particular interest in coastal Alaska and the sustainability of its resources and communities. She served as the Alaska Writer Laureate from 2008-2010 and is the author of nine books of nonfiction, fiction, and memoir. - read more -