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Author Anita Alan’s Big Sur Inn: The Deetjen Legacy
(Gibbs Smith) won the 2008 Lowell
Thomas Travel Journalism Bronze Award (Society of American Travel Writers) and the 2007 Gold Award
(Independent Publisher). Big Sur Inn
reveals the poetic inspiration that compelled Helmuth
Deetjen to journey from his native Norway to the California redwoods. With his wife, Helen Haight
Deetjen, he created an intimate refuge for locals, world travelers, artists, writers, and celebrities.
In 1990, the Department of the Interior recognized Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn and its distinctive vernacular
architecture by listing it on the National Register of Historic Places. Big Sur Inn’s
begin and end with poetry by NEA Big Read poet Robinson Jeffers, Deetjen’s friend and Carmel Point
neighbor in the 1920s and 1930s. Fine art and vintage photography guide the reader through the
Inn’s natural surroundings, cozy rustic rooms, and enchanting restaurant. Deetjen’s kitchen shares
coveted recipes with the reader. This coffee table volume brings the warmth of Deetjen’s hearth
into your home. Alan attended New School University in New York, received her BA from the University
of Southern California, and MA from Monterey Institute of International Studies. She (as Paula
Anita Walling) taught for Carmel Schools in Big Sur and Carmel and worked as a reading and
language arts consultant for several publishing companies. Alan is a member of SCBWI
and the California Writers Club—Central Coast Branch. She worked as a reporter, photographer, columnist,
and editor for the Big Sur Gazette
and The Coast Gazette
. In addition to freelance
journalism, Alan writes for the Travel section of Norwegian American Weekly
, and gives slide presentations to various groups.