October 09, 2007
Former southeast Alaska resident, author Nancy Owens Barnes has announced the release of her first book, South to Alaska, by New Leaf Books. South to Alaska is the true story of her father Melvin Owens who constructed a 47-foot cabin boat in his backyard and cruised it from Hartford, Arkansas, to Ketchikan, Alaska, by way of the Panama Canal in 1973.
Melvin Owens had never been
south of the United States border and had never even been on
a boat in the open ocean before this trip to Alaska. Thwarted
by mechanical problems, storms at sea, illness, thievery and
loneliness, Owens feared a deadly end before reaching the place
of his dreams and returning to the woman he loved.
Barnes lived in Alaska twenty-five years in such places as Ketchikan, Juneau, Barrow, and Anchorage before moving to northern Idaho in 1999. Barnes received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Vermont College of Norwich University where she studied creative writing. She is a member of the Idaho Writers League and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. South to Alaska is her first book.
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