Alaska Book Week: ‘Pup & Pokey’ and A Journey Into Kid Lit

Alaska author Seth Kantner publishes his first children's book, "Pup & Pokey."
Alaska author Seth Kantner publishes his first children’s book, “Pup & Pokey.”

Author Seth Kantner has published his first children’s book. Pup & Pokey tells the story of a wolf pup and a young porcupine that strike up an unusual friendship. Kantner chose first time illustrator Beth Hill to bring the characters to life. Hill worked out of her home in the village of Kokhanok on a tight deadline, producing oil paintings that took two weeks to dry for each illustration.

Kantner says he and Hill both had opportunities to study porcupines in the wild as they were working on the book:

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Seth Kantner’s latest book is Pup & Pokey. The children’s book is illustrated by Beth Hill. Kantner will signing books at the Orca book store in Cordova Tuesday evening and at the Homer bookstore on October 11th from 1-3pm.

Join authors Seth Kantner, Don Rearden, and Deb Vanasse for readings and book talk on “Fact and Fiction: Life into Story” at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna this Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 pm. This free event is presented through the Kenai Peninsula College Showcase series in conjunction with 49 Writers.

Hear Kantner read a short excerpt from Pup & Pokey: listen now

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