REFRACTION: AN ARCTIC MEMOIR
RETTIG’S DEBUT BOOK—A MULTI-AWARD WINNER
REFRACTION 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 for adult non-fiction in the San Francisco Writing Contest, first place for narrative non-fiction in the International Chanticleer Book Awards, and first place for narrative non-fiction in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s Literary Contest. An excerpt of the book was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
REFRACTION 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, NativeAmerica.travel. 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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Changing Tides Blog
Below are the most recent posts from the Changing Tides blog.
Blog posts are written by writer Bruce Rettig, and all comments are welcome.
THE TERM “WHISTLEBLOWER” might seem overly used, but we are living in strange and turbulent times and an increasing number of individuals are mustering the courage to call things out that they see as wrong, unjust, or untrue. I had the honor of listening to Daniel...
All photography copyright 2023 Bruce Rettig THE OVERY-USED DEFINITION of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." Its origin, attributed to Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin, and Mark Twain among others, appeared in a 1981 document...
Photography by Bruce Rettig IN MY BOOK, REFRACTION: AN ARCTIC MEMOIR, I recount a comment by a union personnel director in Seattle the day before I traveled to the North Slope of Alaska: “Prudhoe Bay might not be the end of the world, but you sure as hell can see it...
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