Monday, September 29, 2014

AQR and West Valley High Events

Alaska Book Week begins this Saturday! We are truly grateful for the amount of participation, sponsorship, and outreach this year. We apologize again in advance if we are not able to coordinate events and authors for everyone.

Alaska Quarterly Review Event [update]


Join Alaska Quarterly Review and the Alaska Center for the Book in sharing “The Power of Creativity to Transform a Life” on Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m. at the Wilda Marston Theatre at the Loussac Library.



This launch of the new issue of the AQR magazine features a premiere dramatic reading of “How I Became a Poet”, a story in the new edition by Steven Schurtzman about a young girl whose encounter with a visiting poet in elementary school changes both of their lives. 

Following the dramatic reading by talented Anchorage actor Sarah Bethany Baird, Ron Spatz, editor of AQR, will moderate a panel discussion with Dr. Thad Woodard, Anchorage pediatrician and host of KSKA's "Line One Your Health Connection," Carol Sturgulewski, local writer and editor, Susan Dererra, a high school English teacher, and Joan Kane, an award-winning poet, an author of "Hyperboreal".

West Valley High School

There will be a book signing with Ray Troll on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 8:30-9:45 am at West Valley High School in Fairbanks. 



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Homer Bookstore, Fairbanks Arts Association, and Author Signings

Saturday Oct. 11, 1:00-3:00 pm--Homer Bookstore
Homer Bookstore will be having a book signing with Seth Kantner at the on Saturday October 11 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to celebrate the release of his new book from University of Alaska Press, Pup & Pokey.

Saturday Oct. 11, 2:00-4:00 pm--Fairbanks Arts Association
Fairbanks Arts Association is holding a reception on October 11 from 2-4 pm for Alaska Book Week. Authors and book lovers are invited to attend, discuss books, meet one other authors and readers and enjoy light refreshments. The event will take place in the Bear Gallery, 3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Rd.


Author Signings

During Alaska Book Week, there will be a number of author signings all over the state. We invite you to drop by and say hello to one close to your community! Thank you to Even Swenson and Publication Consultants for getting this information together.

Ron Walden, Oct. 3, 1:00-6:00 pm
Fred Meyer
43843 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK   
Devil's Heart   
Ice Blue Eyes                    
Blue Sky and Green Grass                    
Poacher's Paradise                  
"Easy Come, Easy Go"                  
Cinch Knot                   
                       
Bonnye Matthews,  Oct. 3, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Fred Meyer
13401 Old Glenn Hwy, Eagle River, AK
"Kiti's Story, 75,000 BC,"  
"Manak-na's Story, 75,000 BC"                   
"Zamimolo's Story, 35,000 BC"                   
                       
Cil Gregoire, Oct. 3,  11:00am-3:00 pm
Carrs/Safeway
595 E Parks Hwy, Wasilla, AK 

Crystalline Aura    
Anthya's World                    
Elemental Forces                   
                       
Daniel Griffin, Oct. 4, 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Carrs/Safeway
30 College Road, Fairbanks, AK 
Village of the Full Moon Curse   
Sky Streak of Terror                   
                       
Bill Quirk, Oct. 4, 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Fred Meyer
43843 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, AK 
Bush Pilot Way 
                      
Bill Quirk, Oct. 5, 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Carrs/Safeway--Kenai, AK
Bush Pilot Way  

Bonnye Matthews, Oct. 6, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Fred Meyer
650 N. Glenn Hwy, Palmer, AK
"Kiti's Story, 75,000 BC"     
"Manak-na's Story, 75,000 BC"                   
"Zamimolo's Story, 35,000 BC"                   
                       
Carey Cossaboom, Oct. 10, 3:00-7:00 pm
Carrs/Safeway
1501 Huffman Rd, Anchorage, AK
Meeting with the Well Known 
                       
Bonnye Matthews, Oct. 10,  11:00 am-3:00 pm
Fred Meyer   
1501 E. Parks Highway, Wasilla, AK   
"Kiti's Story, 75,000 BC"
"Manak-na's Story, 75,000 BC"                   
"Zamimolo's Story, 35,000 BC"                   
                       
Cil Gregoire, Oct. 11, 11:00 am-3:00 pm   
Fred Meyer
1501 E Parks Highway, Wasilla, AK
Crystalline Aura   
Anthya's World                    
Elemental Forces                   
                       
Daniel Griffin, Oct. 11, 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Fred Meyer
3755 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK
Village of the Full Moon Curse 
Sky Streak of Terror                   
                       
Bill Quirk,  Oct. 11, 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Fred Meyer
1000 E. Northern Lghts Blvd. Anchorage, AK
Bush Pilot Way

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Even More Event Updates!

Saturday, October 4, 2:00-4:00 pm, Barnes & Noble, Fairbanks

Author Kris Farmen will be signing his books, including his latest novella in the collection Weathered Edge.

Kris Farmen is a surfer, writer, and historian. He was born in Alaska and grew up both in a house in Anchorage and in various wall tents and plywood shacks in the bush. He has lived most of his life in Alaska, except for a two year residence in Adelaide, South Australia. His previous novels are The Devil's Share and Turnagain.



Saturday, October 4, 3:00-5:00 pm, Fireside Books, Palmer
Seth Kantner, Beth Hill, and Deb Vanasse book signing.

Saturday, October 4, 6:00 pm, Turkey Red, Palmer
Dinner with Alaska Authors Seth Kantner, Beth Hill, and Deb Vanasse. Ticketed event, $20 (includes dinner), hosted by Fireside Books.

Friday October 10, 7:00 pm, Kenai Peninsula College

More Event Updates!

Time for a few quick updates on events for Alaska Book Week! Once again, if you have not had a chance to do so, please share your event with the Alaska Book Week coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com. You can also find a link to this email in the Share Your Event tab above.

Barnes and Noble

Here are is an updated list of events scheduled to take place at Barnes and Noble in Anchorage during Alaska Book Week. We would also like to invite you all once again to participate in Barnes and Noble's promotional event during this week. Simply mention "Alaska Book Week" at the cash register (or use promotional code # 11445905 for online purchases) from October 4-11, and a percentage of anything you buy in the store (books, coffee, you name it) will go to Alaska Book Week. We cannot thank Barnes and Noble enough for this exciting partnership! We also encourage you to check out Barnes and Noble year round for other author events.

Here is the official flyer for the Barnes and Noble promotion: Click here

Sat, Oct. 4th 4:00-7:00 pm 
Dave Atcheson, Dead Reckoning
 
Sun, Oct. 5th 1:00-3:00 pm 
Deb Vanasse & Seth Kantner with Beth Hill, Cold Spell & Pup & Pokey
 
Wed, Oct. 8th 6:00-8:00 pm
Glen Klinkhart, Finding Bethany
 
Thurs, Oct. 9th 6:00-9:00 pm 
Dave Costello, Flying Off Everest

Fri, Oct 10th 6:00-9:00 pm 
Joe King, Great Alaska Pizza Box Craft Book

Sun, Oct. 12th 1:00-4:00 pm 
Archana Mishra, The Fortunate Child

New State Events

Parnassus Books--Ketchikan, AK (October 11, 2:00-4:00 pm)

Parnassus Books is having a local author/illustrator signing party to celebrate Alaska Book Week on Saturday, October 11 from 2-4 pm featuring Evon Zerbetz: "Lucky Hares and Itchy Bears," "Ten Rowdy Raven's," and others; Biz Robbins: "Life Jacket: A Memoir of A Float Camp Teacher"; and LaDonna Rose Gunderse: "My Tiny Alaskan Oven" and others. There will be snacks and door prizes too!

Gulliver's Books--Fairbanks, AK (October 9, 5:30-7:30 pm)

For the 2014 Alaska Book Week, Gulliver's Books will be hosting a joint author event on Thursday, October 9 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. They will be hosting four local Alaskan authors for a joint book signing/reading. The four authors attending are as follows:

Ron Smith, How Not To Die Hunting In Alaska
Ray Bonnell, Interior Sketches
Priscilla Delga, Cold Water
Nicole O’Donnell, Steam Laundry

Each author will have 20-30 minutes to read from their selected book and/or give a small presentation about it. After all authors have presented there will be time for people to get their books signed, enjoy refreshments, and ask questions.


Bookmarks

You may have noticed a new addition to the Alaska Book Week website. If you would like to order ABW bookmarks, please click on the link in the top right.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Great Alaska Book Fair Update and Library Events!

Great Alaska Book Fair

We are excited to announce a tentative list of participants for the Great Alaska Book Fair! This event will cap off Alaska Book Week on Saturday, October 11 this year. A special thanks to Brooke Hartman and her colleagues at Alaska Writer's Guild for coordinating this event! For more information about the Book Fair, please check out http://www.alaskawritersguild.com/event-1725512. The tentative list of participants is as follows:

Mary Durham, Steven Levi, Tam Linsey, Donna Mack, Michael Reidell, Becky Saleeby, Shirley Schneider, Julie Stafford, Alana Terry, Patricia Watts, Tetiana Brooks, Pam Flowers, Andy Howell, Bill Howell, David Jensen, Glen Klinkhart, Jim Lanier, Basil Sands, S.E. Thomas, Warren Troy, Ron Walden.

Cordova Public Library

All week the Cordova Public Library will have a display of books by Alaskan authors.

On Tuesday Oct. 7 Alaskan author Seth Kantner will visit Cordova.  He will have a book signing at Orca Book Store in the afternoon, a potluck with the Cordova Book Club, and a reading at the Cordova Public Library at 8 pm.

On Wednesday Oct. 8 Story Time for Little Ones will feature books by Alaskan author Debbie S. Miller, including her newest book, A King Salmon Journey.

Loussac Library
 
Join Alaska Quarterly Review and the Alaska Center for the Book in sharing “The Power of Creativity to Transform a Life” on Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m. at the Wilda Marston Theatre at the Loussac Library.

This launch of the new issue of the AQR magazine features a premiere dramatic reading of “How I Became a Poet”, a story in the new edition by Steven Schurtzman about a young girl whose encounter with a visiting poet in elementary school changes both of their lives. 

Following the dramatic reading by talented Anchorage actor Sarah Bethany Baird, Ron Spatz, editor of AQR, will moderate a panel discussion with Dr. Thad Woodard, Anchorage pediatrician and host of KSKA's "Line One Your Health Connection," Carol Sturgulewski, local writer and editor, Susan Dererra, a high school English teacher, and Joan Kane, an award-winning poet, an author of "Hyperboreal".

For more information about authors participating in Alaska Book Week, please check out the Author Participation tab. You can also see author selfies and images of their books on our Facebook page (click the Like us on Facebook! tab above). If you have trouble accessing any of the links listed in our spaces, please let us know.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Alaskan Author Selfies!

It's hard to believe that Alaska Book Week is almost here! Author and community outreach have been phenomenal this year, and we can't say thank you enough. We hope to make this year's Alaska Book Week engaging and successful for all of Alaska.

As we continue to update our Author Participation tab, we would like to invite authors to send photos of themselves and/or with their books. You may send them to the Alaska Book Week coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com, or simply post them to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/alaskabookweek (or click the Like Us on Facebook! tab above). This week, we have posted photos from Judy Ferguson and Bill Sherwonit. We encourage you to check our Facebook page to see which authors are posting their selfies; this will also be a good opportunity to see these writers' current projects.

While this website has served as the touchstone for Alaska Book Week participants, please feel free to post updates about your events and interests on the Facebook page as well. Stay tuned in both spaces for more exciting information!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Great Alaska Book Fair and Barnes and Noble Partnership


Great Alaska Book Fair

We are excited to announce that the Great Alaska Book Fair will take place Saturday, October 11 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Loussac Library in the Lower Level. The Great Alaska Book Fair is sponsored by a coalition of Alaska Writer's Guild, the Loussac Library, Alaska Pacific Univeristy, and 49 Writers. All Alaska-based authors are encouraged to sign up at http://www.alaskawritersguild.com/event-1725512. The Book Fair will be followed by a writer guest speaker at 6:00 pm in the Wilda Marston Theater. We will post more information about specific authors and events later on, so please check back in as Alaska Book Week approaches!

Barnes and Noble Promotion

We would also like to invite you to shop at Barnes and Noble during Alaska Book Week to support our statewide celebration. Simply say "Alaska Book Week" at the cash register, and a percentage of your purchase will go to Alaska Book Week. We would like to thank Barnes and Noble for sharing in this exciting partnership with Alaska Book Week! We also encourage you to help us promote Barnes and Noble during Alaska Book Week; here is a preliminary flyer advertising the event:


In addition to their promotion for Alaska Book Week, Barnes and Noble is hosting a variety of Alaskan author events this year.  Here is a short list of events that we invite you to be a part of:

Sat, Oct. 4th 4:00-7:00 pm 
Dave Atcheson, Dead Reckoning
 
Sun, Oct. 5th 1:00-3:00 pm 
Deb Vanasse & Seth Kantner with Beth Hill, Cold Spell & Pup & Pokey
 
Wed, Oct. 8th 6:00-8:00 pm
Glen Klinkhart, Finding Bethany
 
Thurs, Oct. 9th 6:00-9:00 pm 
Dave Costello, Flying Off Everest

Sun, Oct. 12th 1:00-4:00 pm 
Archana Mishra, The Fortunate Child

Alaska Book Week Public Flyer Available

We would also like to invite you to download and share our official public flyer. In addition to the support of authors, librarians, educators, publishers, and booksellers, we encourage members of the public to join us in celebrating Alaska's authors and books. Here is the official public flyer for Alaska Book Week:


As always, thank you for supporting Alaska Book Week. If the information in the downloadable materials does not display properly, please let us know. If you have any questions about upcoming events, or if you would like to participate, please contact the ABW Coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com.