May 2, 2016
This is Fish Radio I’m Stephanie Mangini. Made of Salmon- A collection of love letters. Hear more after this…
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…”When I walk a salmon in each hand up to my house to the kitchen. I will carve every bit of flesh from its bones. For our salmon dinners I will toss what’s left into chowder, I will filet the silvers and pinks carefully, packing them neatly into the freezer for the winter ahead. Every bite will taste of ocean and care; and look how filled we are. Let nothing be wasted, not this ocean, not any lake or sea, not a single fish.”
Kodiak author Leslie Leyland Fields reads from her essay “Let nothing be wasted”. She is just one out of twenty Alaska writers that graces the pages of the new book Made of Salmon: Alaska Stories from the Salmon Project. It was inspired by a call for stories gathered in early 2013.
Erin Harrington is The Salmon Project Director-
“The essays are all about the way the authors’ lives connect to salmon, and about the long term of Alaska and salmon, and whether we are doing it well or not well. They are really personal stories. So these aren’t reports or essays about how we should do this or that or the other thing, they are a reflection of their own lives and they way salmon fits into them.”
Harrington says that the original writings are so awesome they had to be compiled in a book. She states, “That it’s an incredible collection.”
“Some of the very best, most imaginative, most insightful and creative authors living in Alaska have contributed to this book , and to have people of their caliber taking the time to really dig in to this thing that we know is so important, and to make it so personal with their beautiful words is really out of this world.”
The book is also filled with stories from everyday salmon lovers. In fact Made of Salmon is a collection of love letters to a fish that has been central to Alaska life for centuries.
“The unifying force is salmon; and it’s how intensely connected it to how we live here in Alaska.”
Enter to win a free Made of Salmon copybook at The Salmon Project website. The book is also available at local book stores, and online at the University of Alaska Press.
“Every bite will taste of ocean and care; and look how filled we are. Let nothing be wasted, not this ocean, not any lake or sea, not a single fish.” Leslie Leyland Fields
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