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Award-Winning Alaska Author's New Book Goes to Second Printing



Michael Travis of Anchorage, whose family history novel, El Gancho, won the national award for Best Novel from National Association of Press Women, will see his new book go to second printing this spring. Melozi is a memoir of his first summer in Alaska, when he worked at Melozi Hot Springs, helping the now-legendary Len and Patricia Veerhusen build their lodge.

Melozi: A Teen’s Summer Job Lands Him an Adventure in the Alaska Bush, was released July 2010; enthusiastic readers accelerated plans for the next edition. “I get emails from men all the time, who identify with what I went through out there,” said Travis. “I was raised in Montana. I had Boy Scout badges for everything, camping experience, was good at fishing, could shoot a .22, and even had a certificate for driving heavy equipment, but Alaska almost got the better of me.”

The book is full of many firsts, recalled Travis. “My first time away from my family, first time working a real job. First time facing a bear, first time defending a woman.”

El Gancho: An Immigrant Family’s Journey Out of Mexico, will become a paperback in the foreseeable future as well. “This book about my great-grandfather, a rodeo star who brought the family through epidemic, famine, and civil war to America, has been selling steadily just by word-of-mouth. I was surprised when the publisher told me how few I had left,” Travis said. Melozi will remain a perfect paperback, and is also available on Kindle and Nook.

Melozi: A Teen’s Summer Job Lands Him an Adventure in the Alaska Bush, is 288 pages, $19.95 perfect paperback, ISBN No. 978-1-59433-150-3, available through Publication Consultants, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Fireside Books in Palmer, Alaska.

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