Recent Sitka writer-in-residence and winner of the Sixth Annual Tartts First Fiction Award, Josie Sigler will read from her new book, The Galaxie and Other Rides

Silk Road Review was the first home to several of the stories in this powerful collection. Two of the pieces are included in Silk Road’s newly released issue 7.1.

These stories portray the struggle for survival and the resurgence of wilderness in the post-industrial heartland: a young man fears the worst when his best friend is deployed to Iraq; a woman resists a nuclear plant’s attempts to force her off her property; and a man who believes that Van Gogh’s The Starry Night is a painting of the smokestacks in his hometown loses his job at General Motors. Despite their losses, these characters maintain a porch-light-left-on love for each other that defies the odds. Indeed, love is their salvation amid the ruins.

T.C. Boyle has called The Galaxie and Other Rides “a smashing debut” and Ann Pancake writes “with language at times lyric and lush, at others raw and spare, Sigler has created a unique poetry of poverty and proves that beauty can outlast brutality.”

Saturday, June 2, the event begins with mingling and light snacks at 4:30 pm followed by a reading at 5:00 pm and a book signing at 6:00 pm. 

If you’ve never been to the Sitka Center, this is a great chance to see what it is all about in a friendly and festive atmosphere. For a complete list of summer events and driving directions, head to the Sitka Center’s website at or call our office at 541.994.5485.

Committed to expanding the relationships between art, nature and humanity, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology is well known for its workshop and residency programs. Located on Cascade Head, with views of the Pacific Ocean and Salmon River, Sitka Center offers a place where artists, writers, scientists, and musicians of all abilities and backgrounds go to nourish and inspire their creativity which ripples out into the world, making it a brighter place for all. Go to or call 541.994.5485 to learn more.