Leigh Newman

Still Points North

Still Points North, my memoir about growing up in the wilderness of Alaska is now in stores. You can buy online here:

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National Book Critics Circle Finalist: John Leonard Prize

January 21, 2014

Still Points North was picked as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize. The prize is new and given to the author of a first book. Eight hundred critics, eighty picks, seven finalists...one winner. Check out more details here. 


Alaska Magazine!

May 31, 2013

Just got to see the final copy on this essay I wrote for the May/June issue of Alaska Magazine. So excited because the essay really should have been a chapter in the book. (In fact, I think it once was, but had to be cut along way due to pacing.) It's all about rafting the Deshka river: 2 Great Alaskan Dads, 2 Great Alaskan Daughters, 1 Great Alaskan son, endless rain, endless Milky Ways, endless King salmon and no current...at all.



Book Club Madness

May 29, 2013

Had such a good time with the Stoneleigh Book Club this week. What a smart, savvy group of women. Plus: finally got to read from the Maryland sections of the memoir. 



Karen Russell, Elissa Schapell, Roxane Gay.....

May 10, 2013

This Monday, May 13th. Brooklyn. 8pm. Franklin Park

With me and the amazing, generous KAREN RUSSELL (author of Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Swamplandia) who wrote the cover blurb for Still Points North. And the brilliant take-no-prisoners ELISSA SCHAPPELL (Blueprints for Building Better Girls, Use Me). And the  dark, smart ROXANE GAY (Bad Feminist, The Rumpus). And very cool, original MICHAEL HEALD (Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension). Come meet us?




Richmond Junior League Book And Author Dinner (May 1, 2013)

May 01, 2013

So excited to be reading at the Richmond convention center tonight with Eben Alexander (Proof of Heaven), Michael Shelden (Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill), Lucinda Scala Quinn (Mad Hungry Cravings) Andrew Gross (No Way Back) and Rhonda Riley (The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope).

We're reading in front of..gulp...1,000 odd people, so if anybody has a particular idea of what to read from Still Points North, please please email me. I need a crowd pleaser!



Coming Home: Anchorage and Fairbanks!

April 19, 2013

Couldn't be more thrilled and happy to come home to Alaska tonight! Thanks so much to the Anchorage Daily News for the amazing profile of Still Points North this Sunday.

Wed. Night 4/24:  I'd love if you could join me for a reading the wonderful  UAA CAMPUS BOOKSTORE WITH SHERRY SIMPSON ( 2905 Providence Drive Anchorage, 5pm)

Thurs. Night 4/25: Writers, please come to discuss memoir and failed novels at the 49 WRITERS CRAFT TALK at GREAT HARVEST BREAD CO (570 East Benson Boulevard Anchorage, 7:30pm)

Fri. Night 4/26: Everybody please pretty please join us at CYRANO'S with Pulitzer Finalist and fellow Alaskan EOWYN IVEY. Snacks, fizzy beverages and merriment! Also known as: BIG SILLY BOOK PARTY. (413 D Street, Anchorage, 7pm)


Sat. Night 4/27.  Fairbanks. GULLIVER'S BOOKS. (3525 College Road, Fairbanks, 7pm)



Lucky Magazine Outfits Still Points North

April 17, 2013



I'm new to publishing. Getting a New York Times review was a dream come true. So was chatting (oh, so casually) on NPR. But this week,  when Lucky magazine picked a power outfit to match Still Points North, I was flabbergasted—in the best of ways. They had me at galoshes. And fake fur.




Still Points North Chosen for Elle's Readers Prize.

April 03, 2013


Elle Magazine ran an author smackdown in this month's. Still Points North "warmed readers' hearts" and they put a photo of funny and freaklishly, fabulously talented Meg Wolitzer next to the (lovely) review. Thanks Elle readers!



Still Points North reviewed in The New York Times!

April 02, 2013


Eternal thanks to The New York Times and Susannah Meadows for this beautiful Still Points North review.

Greatest New York day ever!  



Leonard Lopate: Interviewed on WNYC.

April 02, 2013


Leonard Lopate on WNYC graciously interviewed me this week. All bases were covered: near death experiences, Great Alaskan Dads, Instant Coffee Moms, and negotiating the distance between.

Available for stream and download here!




 
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