About The Author
Bonnie Demerjian and her husband Haig packed all their earthly belongings in an old VW bus and headed west in the early 1970’s. “Alaska or Bust” read the sign in the back window and it’s been Alaska ever since. They had contracts to teach in the Southeast Alaskan Tlingit village of Kake where they spent five years before moving to Wrangell. “It’s difficult to say when we ceased being New Yorkers and turned into Alaskans,” says Bonnie, whose metamorphosis mirrors that of many in the state. After retiring from teaching Bonnie started writing, first for her local newspaper, the Wrangell Sentinel, where she began delving into regional history as she talked with Wrangell “pioneers”. She also has contributed to the Juneau Empire, Birders’ Digest, Alaska Business Monthly, Sea Magazine, Alaskan Southeaster and the Capital City Weekly. Besides Southeast Alaska's history and wildlife, Bonnie is also interested in birding, playing the cello and directing the Wrangell Community Chorale. A trip up the nearby Stikine River in 2005 fired a desire to work on a longer project and the result was her first book, Roll On! Discovering The Wild Stikine River. This comprehensive look at one of North America’s most pristine waterways focuses on two of the author’s interests, natural and human history. The success of this book led to a second, Anan: Stream of Living Water. Anan Creek is a unique protected salmon stream in Southeast Alaska where visitors can witness both black and brown bears as they come to feed together. Like the first book, Anan examines both humans and wildlife and how they fit into the rich, history-laden natural environment of the stream.
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A third book, Wrangell,is a part of the series on America’s towns, cities and neighborhoods, Images of America. It follows the rich history of her adopted hometown through historical photographs. Bonnie loved interviewing locals and digging into archives to learn more about Wrangell, Alaska. A lifelong interest in archeology meant that learning and photographing Southeast Alaska’s mysterious petroglyph and pictographs was a natural for the author. This has led to publication of her newest book, Rock Art of Southeast Alaska, which will be released April of 2015.
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