In his 20s, Bruce Rettig worked at least 12 hours each day of the week — on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

“We were trapped in a time warp, interactions almost exclusively limited to the confines of a camp consisting of seven barges and 10 tugboats anchored off a thin spit of land jutting into the Arctic Ocean,” he states in his new nonfiction novel “Refraction.”

Now 30 years after his summers spent on Alaska’s North Slope, Rettig has chronicled his experience working in the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field in his memoir, which took first place in the nonfiction/memoir category of the 2017 Pacific Northwest Writers Association contest held from Thursday, July 20, through Sunday, July 23.

Bruce signed a deal in early 2021 with Homebound Books to publish another, which should release next year. Visit Bruce’s author’s blog.

Bruce also manages Tahoe Writers Works and is the guy to talk with about participating in the Workshop.

Author John Hindmarsh

Favorite Character Quote

“I can’t believe it took us this long to make a change. So happy that we did. Numbers don’t lie.”

Mark Midway, Man of Action

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Mark Midway Series

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Broken Glass

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A Hole in the Universe

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