Ward Serrill. (Courtesy photo)

Documentary filmmaker Ward Serrill says the isolation of Southeast Alaska was key to getting to know himself during his young adulthood in the 1980s and ‘90s.

He’s out with a new memoir called “To Crack the World Open: Solitude, Alaska and a Dog Named Woody.” It’s the story of a young man’s journey to confront uncomfortable truths in rain-soaked Ketchikan, largely alone but for his yellow Labrador retriever, Woody.

KRBD’s Eric Stone sat down with Serrill earlier this month to discuss the new memoir, starting with what brought him to Alaska in the first place.


The memoir is available from Parnassus Books and anywhere books are sold. There’s also a companion podcast called “Chew the Bone With Dr. Woody” available wherever podcasts are found.