Monday, August 3, 2015

Participation Page

Hello Friends of Alaska Book Week!

We are pleased to announce that our Participation (see right sidebar) page is now live on the Alaska Book Week website. The purpose of this page is to better help connect Alaska authors, community members, and venues. This page will be updated periodically as we get more contacts and interested parties, so please check back often. Please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com if you or your venue would like to be included on this page.

If you have not already done so, please fill out the Participation Form (via the Alaska Book Week logo) to be a part of our celebration. We cannot be successful without the support of Alaska's authors and community members like you. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator.

In other news, we have officially launched our YouTube campaign on Facebook! Please enjoy our first promotional video below. We hope to hear from you all soon! Thank you!


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Alaska Book Week: You're Invited!

Summer is passing by fast, which means that Alaska Book Week will soon be upon us! We would like to invite everyone to sign up for Alaska Book Week by clicking the participation form (via the ABW logo) on the right side of this website. Once you submit your form, the coordinator will be in contact with you soon. We would also like to ask for participants' permission (particularly those who are looking for events to be involved in) to include their information on our website. This year, we are making more of an effort to create lists of Alaskan authors and possible venues so that we can expand on our yearly celebration--and provide more representation for authors and their wonderful books!



If you are an Alaskan author looking for an event to attend--either in a major Alaskan community or one in your area--please tell the coordinator what you would like to do. If you are a community member (librarian, teacher, bookseller, or other) and would like to put on an event for one or more Alaskan authors, please indicate that when you fill out the participation form. We are going to build a participation page into this website so that the participants and community members can see which Alaskan authors and what venues are available. We would love to add your facility to this list; please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator for more information. The Alaska Book Week committee is also putting together a few events in the Anchorage community during that week, and we would like to hear from other communities if they are putting on events of their own. Please check back over the next week to see the progress of this participation form!

We would also like to remind Alaska Book Week participants that we are incorporating a YouTube campaign into our yearly celebration. A promotional video will be going up on this website and on our Facebook page soon, so please check back often. We already have a couple of participants lined up for interviews, but we would love to have more people on board! Authors may also send the ABW coordinator videos (or links of videos) of themselves reading passages from book they have written. Your video contribution will stay on the Alaska Book Week website and be enjoyed for many years to come. If you would like to sign up for Alaska Book Week and would like to be a part of the YouTube campaign, please let the coordinator know on the participation form. 

We encourage everyone to sign up for Alaska Book Week. Our yearly celebration cannot be successful without the support of our wonderful authors and community members. We are truly grateful for the connections that we build through Alaska Book Week. Thank you all for your support!

For questions or comments, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sponsorship Update #4: Epicenter Press

Alaska Book Week would like to thank Epicenter Press for their generous donation! Epicenter Press is a founding sponsor for our yearly celebration, and we are extremely grateful for their continued support.

"Epicenter Press, founded in Alaska in 1988, has published more than 175 titles covering a broad range of nonfiction touching on history, memoirs and biographies, adventure, aviation, humor, true crime, mystery and the unexplained, sled dog mushing, women's stories, Native American culture, and more. A regional press, we seek both the traditional and innovative high-quality trade books, e-books and occasional color gift books. We also have an arm called Aftershocks to assist independent publishers-businesses, non-profits, and individual authors-who wish to publish and market professional books. Learn more at www.epicenterpress.com."

As we gearing up for Alaska Book Week over the summer, we encourage you all to fill out the participation form (the link is located on the right side via the Alaska Book Week logo). If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sponsorship Update #3: Shorefast Editions

What an outstanding spring we are having here in Alaska! Although Alaska Book Week is not for some time, we are still receiving generous donations from community members all over the state. We would like to thank Shorefast Editions for their very generous donation. Thank you!

Shorefast Editions is the culmination of a joint dream of Katrina Woolford Pearson and Colleen Mondor to share the literature of the Last Frontier with readers eager to hold in their hands books of beautiful design while discovering all that Alaska has to offer. Shorefast Editions are edited and designed in Alaska, with cover illustrations by Alaskan artists. Learn more at www.shorefasteditions.com.

We are also delighted to report that we have received our first participation forms for Alaska Book Week! Feel free to sign up at any time by clicking on the Alaska Book Week logo in the right tab. Once we receive your form, we will communicate with you. Our committee is planning some exciting things for this year's celebration, so please check back here and on our Facebook page throughout the summer.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sponsorship Update #2: Arctic Cliffhangers and UA Press

As always, Alaska Book Week is grateful the financial and in-kind donations from community members all over the state! Without this support, Alaska Book Week would not be as successful as it has been these past few years. We are excited to announce that Arctic Cliffhangers and UA Press will be sponsoring Alaska Book Week again this year. Thank you!

IN ($250-499)

Arctic Cliffhangers is the Alaska Chapter of Sisters in Crime, an international organization with 48 chapters worldwide dedicated to the professional development and advancement of women crime writers. Its mission is to advance education and literacy in Anchorage and across the state of Alaska by the encouragement, facilitation, and promotion of literature and the arts, with an emphasis on the reading and writing of crime fiction written by women. Visit them at www.arcticcliffhangers.org.


University of Alaska Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher and distributor of print and electronic books about Alaska and the circumpolar regions. UA Press publications cover an expanding range of subjects, including politics and history, Native languages and cultures, science and natural history, biography and memoir, poetry, fiction and anthologies, and original translations. UA Press also serves as a distributor for many entities within the University of Alaska System and various independent publishers. UA Press books reach a global audience through sales and distribution provided by the University of Chicago Press. Visit them at www.alaska.edu/uapress.

Alaska Book Week Presents: The Matanuska Colony Barns by Helen Hegener

While we are still working on the scheduling and content of our YouTube interviews this summer, we would like to also invite Alaskan authors to share media about their past and/or current projects. This week, we are proud to showcase a YouTube video put together by Northern Light Media for Helen Hegener's book, The Matanuska Colony Barns.



There are more exciting developments on the way for Alaska Book Week. Please check back here and on our Facebook page throughout the summer. If you would like to participate in Alaska Book Week, please fill out the participation form via the ABW logo in the sidebar. Thank you for your support!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Alaska Book Week Coming to YouTube!

We are pleased to announce a couple of exciting developments for this year's Alaska Book Week! Thanks to the support of Alaska's authors and community members, we are inspired to keep expanding every year. Thank you!

Alaska Book Week on YouTube

Please note that the ABW YouTube page is still in development. 

This summer, we are starting a video campaign for Alaska Book Week on YouTube! We are asking Alaskan authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and teachers to help us by being a part of our interview series or sending us video clips. We will post these videos on the Alaska Book Week website and Facebook page a few weeks ahead of our celebration to get people interested in you and your events! Here’s how you can participate:
  • If you are in the Anchorage area and would like to participate, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com. We will arrange a time and place to conduct the interview at your convenience. If you are an Anchorage publisher, bookseller, librarian, or teacher, we would be happy to come to you.
  • If you are not in the Anchorage area and would like to participate, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com to arrange an alternative method. You can participate in the interview series via Skype, or you can send us short video clips. We will accommodate as best as we can. 

We would also like to use our YouTube account to create promotional materials for Alaska Book Week. As such, we would also like to request permission to use your images from past events (posted on either the website or Facebook page) to create these materials. If you have any questions about participating in our video campaign, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator. We look forward to promoting the best part of Alaska Book Week—you!

New Participation Page

We would also like to point out the development of our Participation page (see the page list). This page will list the participants who are looking for events, as well as those who have expressed an interest in hosting an author event in their community. We are hoping that this page will serve as a tool for authors and and other community members to connect with one another. 

In the meantime, thank you all for your support of Alaska Book Week! Please check back here throughout the summer for news and updates. If you have any questions, please contact the ABW coordinator.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sponsorship Update: Alaska Northwest Books and Graphic Arts Books

Alaska Book Week is grateful the financial and in-kind donations from community members all over the state! Without this support, Alaska Book Week would not be as successful as it has been these past few years. On that score, we are excited to announce that Alaska Northwest Books® and Graphic Arts Books® will be sponsoring Alaska Book Week again this year!

Alaska Northwest Books® and Graphic Arts Books® 

"Our mission is to connect readers with exceptional authors and their inspiring writing by developing books of value with regional focus and of national note utilizing emerging technology in print and e-book publishing. We focus mainly on regional titles, but we also publish cookbooks, biographies, fiction, young adult novels, children's books and cover categories such as history, photographic works and more, as well. Our roots trace back to 1959 in Alaska with the start of our Alaska Northwest Books® imprint, to 1967 with our Graphic Arts Books® imprint, and up to present day with our WestWinds Press® imprint. Our newest additions are: the Pruett Publishing series, acquired in 2012, and the Companion Press series, acquired in 2013."

Thank you to Alaska Northwest Books® and Graphic Arts Books® for your generous support! For more information about these sponsors, please visit www.graphicartsbooks.com.

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?

If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring Alaska Book Week, please click on the flyer below, then contact the ABW coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com for more information. Please note that a couple names for our sponsorship levels have changed for this year. Also, please check out our official flyer for Alaska Book Week 2015!




Thank You!