Rettig’s debut book, Refraction: An Arctic Memoir,  recounts the experience of working in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, a remote Arctic outpost and home to the largest oilfield in North America. It provides an intimate insight into the power of Big Oil, the dangers of an industrial environment, and living with fellow laborers in an isolated work camp. Refraction has won several writing awards including first place in the San Francisco Writing Contest, first in the International Chanticleer Book Awards, first place in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s Literary Contest, a Nautilus Gold Award, Forward Reviews Silver and Bronze Awards, and an excerpt from the book was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Refraction: An Arctic Memoir is published by Wayfarer Books, an Eco-Lit imprint of Homebound Publications, and is available at large retailers and Amazon but please consider purchasing directly at the Wayfarer online store and continue to support independent publishers and bookstores. Homebound is a partner of One Tree Planted, and for every book they sell in their store a tree is planted.

About the author

Bruce Rettig is the author of the multi-award-winning nonfiction book, Refraction: An Arctic Memoir. The piece is based on his years of working as a merchant marine in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, the shipping hub for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Refraction is published by Wayfarer Books, an imprint of  Homebound Publications

Bruce also writes literary short stories, creative non-fiction, essays, and flash fiction/nonfiction. Many of his short stories have won awards, including the Peralta Press YK3 Contest for Best in Fiction, and an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction contest.

Bruce lives at South Lake Tahoe, California, and writes in the early morning and late night hours. During the day he manages his advertising and graphic design agency, Charter Advertising, and serves as a travel writer/photographer for the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and tribal content developer for its website, He enjoys living in the beauty of the high Sierra, exploring Nevada’s high mountain desert, and traveling the Pacific Northwest. 

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