Rostad Shares Kodiak Stories in New Book


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Over 30 years ago, Mike Rostad had an idea for a book. That idea has now become a reality. "Close to my Heart: Writing and Living Stories on Kodiak Island, Alaska" was published last month.

Rostad was a guest yesterday on KMXT’s Talk of the Rock and read an excerpt from his book’s introduction.

(Rostad 1 :55 "I love drinking…to my heart.")

"Close to My Heart" is not Rostad’s first book. He also wrote, "The Arctic Willow: A History of Saint Herman’s Seminary" and "Time to Dance: Life of an Alaska Native Elder." He co-authored "Alaska’s Koniaq Country" with Yule Chaffin and Patricia Chaffin.

He explained how his latest book came into being.

(Rostad 2 :55 "Shortly after I …few years ago.")

In addition to the interviews that Rostad has collected over three decades, he’s also lived some of the Kodiak stories himself. The cover of his book shows him on a boat, smiling and holding up a salmon in each hand.

(Rostad 3 :42 "I went off … I did it")

He says he’s not through writing Kodiak stories or trying out new Kodiak adventures.

(Rostad 4 :24 "Its good to … my next venture.")

Rostad is planning to write a sequel to "Close To My Heart."

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