In the Winter of the Orange Snow
In the Winter of the Orange Snow captures a era of freewheeling adventure in southwest Alaska, beginning in 1955, when Diane and Bob Carpenter embraced the wild with curiosity and courage, and the phrase “only in Bethel” was coined in response to events both mysterious and magical.
"Diane Carpenter captures the spirit, the oddities, the bizarreness of characters and happenings, as well the unique and beautiful environment and indigenous people of the Kuskokwim. She does so with humor, sensitivity, and clear recollections. It’s a tough land. One cannot help but greatly admire this woman. No tourists here in Bethel, Alaska, where primitive ways became modern times in the span of a lifetime."
— Clif Bates, author of Sky Changes on the Kuskokwim
"Diane Carpenter’s book is a delightful tramp through the Alaska bush country in the 1950s and sixties through the eyes of a great storyteller. The tales are sobering, hilarious and very informative, each a window into the details of the storyteller’s life and times. For many Alaskans, the book will be nostalgic. For others, it will bridge the gap between those who live on the road system and the bush. For readers in the Lower 48 states, this book will be an astounding ride on boats, airplanes, and dog-sleds through the Alaska wilderness."
— James H. Barker, author of Always Getting Ready/Upterrlainarluta: Yup’ik Eskimo Subsistence in Southwest Alaska
Cirque Press Author — Diane Carpenter
The tough landscape of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta required someone like Diane Carpenter. As the decades passed, Diane was a teacher, a social activist and statewide leader. She was elected mayor of Bethel. She chaired the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Counsel on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
She was a state delegate to the National Women’s Conference in Houston and lead organizer of the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC). She taught in public schools and the local college. As she approached retirement, she set up the Pacifica Institute, a non-profit educational organization that developed many innovative programs. In 2007, Diane retired and moved from Bethel to the historic town of Alamos, Sonora, where she renovated a 250-year-old villa.
She recently celebrated her 90th birthday there.