Don Rearden grew up on the tundra of Southwestern Alaska. His experiences with the Yup’ik Eskimo culture shaped both his writing and to a larger extent his worldview. A produced screenwriter and published poet, he hopes in his fiction to shed light on the struggles of everyday life in rural Alaska, a place outsiders often view as a mystical and mysterious land. Rearden lives in the mountain community of Bear Valley, Alaska, and teaches as an Associate Professor Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage where he shows young writers how to develop their creative voices. Don also serves as the president of the board of directors for the 49 Alaska Writers and is faculty for the 2012 Kachemak Bay Writing Conference. Much of his writing and thought is influenced from learning experiences in the Alaskan wilderness, as well as from the teachings and writings of his mentor and friend, Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael and The Story of B.
Rearden’s The Raven’s Gift was published in the United States in Summer 2013 by Penguin to critical acclaim including a Best Fiction of 2013 pick by The Washington Post. Find more from Don and sign up for weekly updates and exclusive content from The Rogue Reader here and connect with Don on Twitter and Facebook.
“The Raven’s Gift has a winning plot, characters we’ve never met before, and intriguing details of a world most of us will never venture to – creating a read that opens our eyes and finds the fault lines of a heart in one breathless sitting.” - Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of The Tenth Circle and My Sister’s Keeper