Sunday, July 27, 2014

Planning Events in Your Community

We invite community members to share their Alaska Book Week event ideas on this website. If you have an idea for an event, or if you would like to share an event that has been successful in your community, we would be happy to publish it for you! To this end, we have created an Event Ideas tab in the bar at the top of this website in order to give communities an idea of how they might participate in Alaska Book Week. Additionally, you can find out what other people have done in 2012 and 2013 by clicking on the Event Archives tab.

If you would like to write an event description for the website, please contact the ABW coordinator at The more events we have, the more successful Alaska Book Week will be!

As you might have noticed, there are a few changes taking place on the website. We will post more information as we receive it, and we thank you for your patience. As always, we welcome inquiries and suggestions. Thank you for your support!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Alaska Book Week Flyer

We are happy to announce that the official flyer for Alaska Book Week 2014 is ready! Please feel free to share this document with friends and fellow community members. You can download the PDF file here:

In other news, we would like to thank Arctic Cliffhangers/Alaska Sisters in Crime for their generous donation. A link to their Facebook page can be found in the sidebar of this website. Once again, we would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support this year.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Welcome to Alaska Book Week 2014!


On behalf of Alaska Center for the Book and 49 Writers, we are delighted to announce that Alaska Book Week will take place October 4-11. This week-long celebration concludes with the Great Alaska Book Fair.

For those of you who are new to this annual celebration, Alaska Book Week was established to promote Alaska's authors and their books. Libraries, booksellers, educators, and schools statewide honor these writers and books with displays, author visits, book club events, press, and more. We encourage communities throughout the state to create their own unique events, and we are happy to promote them on the Alaska Book Week website.

Last year, Alaska Book Week featured exciting events across the state, from Kodiak to Ester, and Seward to Dillingham. These events included the Great Alaska Book Fair organized by the Alaska Writers Guild and APU, a talk by The Raven's Gift author Don Rearden, and opportunities to meet Alaskan author Erin McKittrick, among many others. As we turn to this year's Alaska Book Week, we look forward to continuing and improving upon the traditions that communities statewide have developed. We would like to thank the authors, booksellers, educators, and community members who volunteered their time and resources last year and look forward to your participation this year. Alaska Book Week would not be successful without your support!

We would like to begin by thanking our generous sponsors thus far:

Great Northwest, Inc. is a a general construction company based in Fairbanks, Alaska, specializing in road and airport construction, ice road and oil field support, site development, reclamation, and more.

Alaska Northwest Books®, an imprint of Graphic Arts Books, has been publishing Alaska authors and books about Alaska since 1959.

We invite you to contact us with questions or ideas regarding Alaska Book Week. For more information, please contact Jathan Day, Alaska Book Week Coordinator, at We encourage you to check back here for updates about Alaska Book Week throughout the summer. You can also sign up to receive new posts in your inbox by providing your email address (see top of sidebar).

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Alaska Book Week in Haines

Heather Lende reads from her work
Alaska Book Week was very exciting at the Haines Borough Public Library. We had a visit from Erin McKittrick, who read from her new book, Small Feet, Big Land. The slideshow presentation included a life-sized look at the things they brought on their journey around Alaska with the family – tent, rafts, set up in the reading room of our library. Those alone triggered many questions from our adventurous community who showed up in full to hear their story.

Local author Heather Lende read from books yet to be published, one called Finding the Good, the other an insightful novel about a girl in a small town. It was so heartening for our community to hear her warm words before the snow comes. We’re biting our nails and pacing waiting for them to be published so we can soak up the stories we know, but see differently when reading Heather’s point of view.

The Haines Borough Public Library also invited author Eleanor Millard, from the First Nations community of Carcross, YT, for a writer’s workshop. Eleanor also read from her new book, Summer Snow, a potent novel inspired by Eleanor’s personal experience adopting a First Nations girl with FASD. The love of literature reflected in her workshop, and the cross-cultural relationships framed in her books, I felt identified life in the North so well, it crossed Canada-Alaska border.

Thank you, 49 Writers, for making Alaska Book Week possible.
Jessie Morgan, Education/Cultural Coordinator at Haines Borough Public Library, provided this update on Alaska Book Week activities there.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Debut of the Great Alaska Book Fair

A huge thank you to The Alaska Writers Guild and Alaska Pacific University for planning and hosting the first annual Great Alaska Book Fair at APU on October 12, with support from 49 Writers. Forty-five authors writing in many different genres participated--some from as far away as Unalaska! There were also five presses and literary journals represented: University of Alaska Press, VP&D House, Cirque, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the Alaska Dispatch.

Kris Farmen signs copies of Turn Again
Our gratitude also goes to the writers themselves for bringing the range and depth of Alaskan writing into the public eye: Martha Amore, Barbara Atwater, Dan Bigley, Laurel Bill, Burt Bomhoff, David Brown, Anne Coray, Valerie Delaune, Priscilla Delgado, Roman Dial, Sherry Eckrich and 10 Poets, Mei Mei Evans, Kris Farmen, Vic Fischer, Dick Griffity, Libby Hatton, William Hauser, Dani Haviland, Cora Holmes, Kaylene Johnson, Jim Lanier, Steven Levi, Lynn Lovegree, Katie Mangelsdorf, Bonnye Matthews, Debra McKinney, Rick Mystrom, Jim Misko, Lyle O'Conner, Bill Quick, Don Rearden, Michael Reidell, Bill Richardson, Cinthia Ritchie, Emily Rohrabaugh, Basil Sands, David Snyder, Millie Spezialy, Evan Swensen, Nancy Sydnam, J.N. Taylor, S.E. Thomas, Paul Twardock, Brendan VanValkenburgh, Deb Vanasse, Patricia Watts, and Bruce Walden.

Craig Medred and Megan Edge of the Alaska Dispatch
Special thanks to the Alaska Dispatch for their assistance with promoting the event! The Alaska Writers Guild, 49 Writers, and APU worked hard to get the word out and we had hoped for a higher attendance by the general public. Those who did come certainly had an impressive selection of authors to meet and many different books to browse and choose from. Everyone concerned has great ideas for making this key celebration on the Alaska Book Week calendar an even bigger event you just can't miss next year!
Musher Jim Lanier meets new readers

Rebecca Goodrich for Rick Mystrom

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Final Day (October 12): Alaska Book giveaway!

Featured Bookstore: River City Books, Soldotna
Featured titles: A Long Trek Home and Big Feet Big Land by Erin McKittrick

We’re giving away books each day of Alaska Book Week. To win one of today’s featured titles, just answer the question below (one entry per person per day) before midnight today. The winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on this site and on Facebook tomorrow. 

Today’s question:  Which Alaska book (by an Alaska or about an Alaska) would you expect to be the “last book standing”? Click here to comment.

Yesterday's winner: Renee Downs of Anchorage. The Alaskan authors that entrants would like to see interviewed on television included Don Rearden, Seth Kantner, Dana Stabenow, Lynn Schooler, and Dick Griffiths, as well as Arnold Griese and Naomi Gaede-Penner.

RiverCity Books is a cheerful oasis on Soldotna's main street that serves up a delightful concoction of novels, non-fiction, children's books and a top-notch Alaska selection. Along with the Fine Thyme Cafe's espresso drinks are fabulous quiches, salads, sandwiches and handmade desserts made daily. What a perfect combination!

River City Books has generously donated two titles to the Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Erin McKittrick's A Long Trek Home and Small Feet, Big Land.

Thank you, River City Books!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Day Seven (October 11): Alaska Book Giveaway!

Featured Bookstore: Old Harbor Books
Featured titles: Sitka: A Home in the Wild by Dan Evans

We’re giving away a book each day of Alaska Book Week. To win today’s featured titles, just answer the question below (one entry per person per day) before midnight today. The winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on this site and on Facebook tomorrow. 

Today’s question:  Which Alaska author would you most like to see featured in an interview on national television? Click here to comment.

Yesterday’s winner: Sandi Shaw of Juneau, who wins The Woman Who Walked with a Bear by John Straley, donated by Old Harbor books in Sitka. A selection of books about Alaska that entrants had last read included The Grizzly Maze by Nick Jans, Sitka Man by Al Brookman Sr, and If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name by Heather Lende.

Sitka’s independent bookstore, Old Harbor Books, was established in 1976 by a group of three book-loving local families. Today, the bookstore is just down the street from its original location, and directed by most of the same folk. They specialize in Alaskan books, and carry a big selection of Alaska picture, history, and kids books, while maintaining an eclectic selection of other good reads.

Old Harbor Books will have select Alaska books on sale at 15% for the week of October 5 - 12.

Old Harbor Books has generously donated two titles to the Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Sitka: A home in the Wild by Dan Evans, and The Woman Who Married a Bear by John Straley.

Thank you, Old Harbor Books!