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All during the month of January, each purchase of Bones of an Inland Sea (Book Club Edition) will receive a free set of eight art cards designed by the author. Each card features an original illustration created specifically for a story in the collection–four images, two designs each, envelopes included. Use the Paypal button below to order.   (Book can also be personalized–specify to whom in “Notes” on the order...

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40% Discount for Book Clubs** Promotion Rules: Download one of the coloring pages from the Extras page (here). Color it–manually, digitally, with paint, pencils, markers, or whatever you prefer. Post the colored image to Instagram and/or Facebook and tag me in the image. Add the hashtag #bookclubs and #maryakers Private message me to complete secure ordering of your copies or use the contact button on this website. Each valid entry will have the chance to Skype or Facetime with the author. Colored and completed images will be shared on social media. **Discount applies for all members of your book club, but books must be ordered as one shipment. US or APO/FPO addresses only,...

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The Goodreads giveaway for the new issue of Bones of an Inland Sea is live! 10 copies available. Sign up to be eligible–Goodreads makes the picks randomly and sends the list to me to ship out. I will sign each one and include an original drawing. Good luck! Goodreads Book Giveaway Bones of an Inland Sea by Mary Akers Giveaway ends November 30, 2016. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter...

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  Ucross, Arrival Day: I awoke in New York at 4:30 am (plenty of time to get ready and get to the airport) and yet somehow just made it to my departure gate as they were closing the door (after calling my name–Mary ACK-ers over the airport PA). But the flights were great, no issues. Buffalo to Minneapolis, Minneapolis to Billings, MT. I rented a car in Billings at the airport and then drove to the Sheridan airport where the Ucross folks met me and drove me back to the foundation. After, that is, she asked me if I needed to stop anywhere and offered the liquor store as an option. (I had tried to find a six-pack of beer at the convenience store where I filled up, but apparently they don’t do that in WY.) So she ran me to a package store and I bought two six packs. At VCCA it was my reward after a long day of writing to have that 4pm ice cold beer. With the time change, it isn’t working out quite the same yet, so I’ll have some leftovers to gift, I think.The tour of the grounds was personal and very extensive and I really tried to not be my overenthusiastic self, but I wanted to burst into happy tears as each new room and/or amenity was shown to me. My studio is awesome. Lots of light, and I’m looking right out on a creek with birds and otters and Black Angus cattle on the other side below some gorgeous hills. It’s cold, but not bitterly so, and the walk is about 20 minutes from my room to my studio–along a dirt road and through some pasture/agriculture land. Dinner was lovely. We had some bigwigs in attendance and I was pretty tired and hungry since it was 8pm by my body clock. I was also super self-conscious, because apparently that’s what I do at these things. The shrimp scampi at dinner had tails still on, so I removed the first one and then popped it hungrily into my mouth only to discover that the rest of the shell was still on. Faced with a number of horrifying options, I finally just gamely chewed up the whole thing, exoskeleton and all, and took a big sip of water to wash it down. Sleeping was a bit tough that first night, as it always is for me in a new place. I woke with an altitude headache and sweaty in the hot room, then turned the heat off and cracked the window which caused the door to rattle so I stuffed a washcloth underneath....

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“The Pragmatic and the Grotesque.” Man, I love this review (by Vanessa Blakeslee, in the spring issue of the Iowa Review) more than I can express. When a reader “gets” your sensibilities and likes the same things about your work that you like, it feels like the luckiest of gifts. And when that book is three years post-publication and you’re convinced it’s officially dropped off of every radar known to readerkind, even more so. Read the review...

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  Pete Gallivan did an absolutely wonderful feature on Buffalo’s WGRZ about my co-author Andrew Bienkowski for Unknown Stories of Western New York. Pete talked about Andy’s banishment to Siberia (in 1939) at only five years of age and how that experience has informed and influenced his life for the past 75 years. There’s even a little cameo from Yours Truly....

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