658 Francisco Ct.
Walnut Creek, CA
Hardscratch Press is named for an
early-1900s family codfishing station on Unga Island in the
Shumagins, easternmost group in the Aleutian Islands. The first
author we published was Ralph Soberg, who wrote about his life on
the island, about his roots in Norway, about his brief career as a
bootlegger and his lifelong passion, building bridges and roads for
the Alaska Road Commission ... and who was the publisher's dear
stepfather. "We" refers to editor-publisher-sometimes writer Jackie
Pels and designer David R. Johnson, whose work has won awards and
applause since Ralph Soberg's first book in 1990.
Umnak: The People Remember
An Aleutian history
compiled by Tyler M. Schlung and
students of Nikolski School, Umnak Island, Alaska
ISBN: 0-9678989-4-3. LCN: 2002117860.
164 pages, 5-1/4x8, index, bibliography, many photographs. $16.50.
Literary Merit award, 2003 Bumbershoot Bookfair.
All proceeds go to the Museum of the Aleutians.
"There are tragic chapters here, stories of
betrayal and loss. The fatal wreck of the Umnak Native. The
little-known saga of forced evacuation and a heartbreaking return in
World War II.
But there are also the clear voices of the village children, the
hope of all. 'If you are going to live off the land,' two young boys write, 'working together is
important.'" – From the back cover.
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