Thursday, August 28, 2014

More Upcoming Events

Alaska Book Week is drawing nearer! First, we are delighted to announce that Babbling Book will be sponsoring Alaska Book Week this year; we would like to thank them for their generous donation. Be sure to check out their website, as well as those of our other sponsors.

We would also like to draw your attention to the Participating Authors tab in the top menu. Although we will be using our participation form and the Alaskan Writer's Directory to align our efforts this year, we have included participating authors' contact information. If you or someone in your community would like to host an event with one of these authors, please feel free to contact them and we will take care of the external advertising.

Here are a few upcoming events for Alaska Book Week. These events are also located in the State Events and Anchorage Events tabs.

Sunday October 5, 2014 at the John Trigg Ester Library (Ester, Alaska)
Readers on the Run

"This fun 5-kilometer footrace, poetry composition contest, and fundraiser for the John Trigg Ester Library is held every year during Alaska Book Week, on the first or second weekend of October. The race starts and ends at the Ida Lane Clausen Gazebo, opposite the Ester Post Office, looping through west Ester and the Tailings. Contestants are judged on times, poems, and costumes."

For more information, please visit:

Monday, October 6 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
AQR Showcase
A complete compilation of Alaska Quarterly Review  will  be displayed  for you to peruse and enjoy. From the first issue in  Fall 1982 to the current 31st  in 2014.   Join Ron Spatz as we take a trip back in literary time and discover the beginnings of many Alaska writers. 

Tuesday,, October 7 from 11:00am-12:30pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Alaska Quarterly Review  and UAA Campus Bookstore present Poet Joan Kane:  Writing Opportunities for Alaska Native Students
Joan Kane is the featured artist in the current Alaska Quarterly Review Volume 31.  At this event she will read selected poems, discuss Alaska Quarterly Review, and writing opportunities for Alaska Native students. 

Monday, October 13 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
The Art of Writing and Publishing in Different Genres with Steve Levi, Deb Vanasse, and Martha Amore
Steve Levi (Walrus with a Gold Tooth, and Cowboys of the Sky), Martha Amore (Weathered In, “Geology”) and Deb Vanasse (Cold Spell and Lucy’s Dance) describe their multifaceted  books, writing styles and publishing today. 

Please keep checking back as we post more information about events, authors signings, and presentations for Alaska Book Week!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

49 Writers celebrates ABW with a special Crosscurrents event

Don't miss the opportunity to hear what our panel of unique Alaskan voices has to say about this important topic! Join us for a stimulating conversation that includes audience Q&A. Our thanks go to the Anchorage Museum at Ramuson Center for hosting, and to Mark Weber of the Museum Bookstore for organizing the book sales. This event is free and open to the public.

Founder of Running Fox Books and co-founder of 49 Writers, Deb Vanasse has authored twelve books. Her latest is Cold Spell, a novel about a woman who’s obsessed with a glacier. Deb is currently working on a narrative nonfiction book called Wealth Woman: Kate Carmack and the Last Great Race for Gold. She lives and works on Hiland Mountain outside of Anchorage, and at a cabin near the Matanuska Glacier.

Peggy Shumaker has been chosen as the Rasmuson Foundation's Distinguished Artist for 2014. She has also been selected as the Artsmith Artist of the Year for 2014. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Toucan Nest, Poems of Costa Rica. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is founding editor of Boreal Books, publisher of fine art and literature from Alaska. She edits the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press. Peggy Shumaker was Alaska State Writer Laureate for 2010-2012.

Seth Kantner is a commercial fisherman, wildlife photographer and author of Shopping for Porcupine and the national bestselling novel, Ordinary Wolves. His forthcoming children's book, Pup and Pokey, will be released in fall 2014. Kantner was born and raised in northern Alaska, schooled at home and living off the land, and later attended the University of Montana and received a BA in journalism. His writings and photographs have appeared in the New York Times, Outside, Alaska, Reader's Digest and other magazines and anthologies. He’s a columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, the Arctic Sounder, and Bristol Bay Times. He lives with his wife and daughter in northwest Alaska.

Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. She received a 2009 Whiting Writers’ Award for her first poetry collection, The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife. Her second book, Hyperboreal, was chosen as the winner of the 2012 AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. She has received several fellowships and awards, including a Literature Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (2012) and a Creative Vision Award from United States Artists (2013). She was the Indigenous Writer-in-Residence at the School for Advanced Research in 2014 and is faculty in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the Institute for American Indian Arts. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University's School of the Arts, she lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband and sons.

Beth Hill grew up on the banks of the Kuskokwim river. Her art is inspired by the Alaskan wilderness that surrounds her. She is the illustrator of the children's book Pup and Pokey (author Seth Kantner). Beth is an artist, commercial fisherman and teacher. She lives in the village of Kokhanok located on Lake Iliamna.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sponsoring Alaska Book Week

It has been exciting to see Alaska Book Week expand thanks to the generous financial and in-kind support of its sponsors. This year we are grateful to the many community members who have already provided support, as well as to those who have communicated an interest in donating. If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring Alaska Book Week, we encourage you to look at the official sponsorship flyer, which you can download from the link below:

This year, we are introducing four new sponsorship levels with varying benefits. Our sponsorship levels are inspired by Alaska's great mountains, with Mt. Cook serving as the introductory level and Denali the top level. If you are interested in sponsoring Alaska Book Week, please contact the coordinator at for more information. We are still in the process of creating an efficient channel for this process, and so we thank you for your patience. You can also find information about last year's and this year's sponsors in the Sponsors tab in the top menu bar.

Thank you for supporting Alaska Book Week!

Alaska Writer's Directory-- Get Listed!

We have received quite a few participation forms from Alaska writers, educators, librarians, and publishers. As we begin aligning efforts for Alaska Book Week, we would like to invite current participants to sign up for the Alaska Writer's Directory. This form will help us to begin matching writers to hosts and events. You can sign up for this directory below:

Alaska Book Week events and information will be developing quickly from this point on; please check here periodically over the next month to find out what's in store. As always, thank you for your support!

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.

Like Us on Facebook!

Alaska Book Week now has a Facebook page! If you click the link "Like Us On Facebook!" in the top bar of this website, you will be directed to our page. Please like and share Alaska Book Week with everyone!

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.