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 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 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

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 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!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Curious About Your Favorite Alaskan Authors? Check Out 49 Writers!

Alaska Book Week is not for many months, but we are still hard at work preparing for this event. In the meantime, we understand that many of you may be curious about what your favorite Alaskan authors are up to. If you are interested in other author events outside of Alaska Book Week, we invite you to visit 49 Writers' website at

49 Writers is part of the coalition that helps to put Alaska Book Week together. Their site includes a calendar of events, as well as information about writing workshops and opportunities to connect with your favorite Alaskan authors! You can also visit 49 Writers' blog at to read narratives and perspectives of contributing Alaskan writers.

As always, we would like to thank you all for your support of Alaska Book Week. There are some exciting developments taking place for this year, so be sure to check back here and on our Facebook page periodically. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at

Read Local!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Save the Date: Alaska Book Week 2015!

On behalf of 49 Writers and the Alaska Center for the Book, we would like to thank everyone once again for participating in and supporting last year's Alaska Book Week. Without your support, the event would not have been successful, and we would not have been able to expand as we did. Thank you!

We would also like to thank everyone for liking our Facebook page! Even though we have been fairly dormant since last year's Alaska Book Week, our Facebook page is receiving a consistent number of likes and views every week. Thank you!

We are delighted to announce that Alaska Book Week 2015 will take place October 3-10! We would like to invite everyone to participate again this year. As we are expanding on the efforts and successes of last year's events, we have a few new things in store this year. We will be updating this website for a cleaner and more accessible look, sending out new advertising and sponsorship materials, and developing something exciting with YouTube! Please be on the lookout for new updates on this website and via email.

If you have any questions or comments about this year's event, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at We look forward to communicating with everyone soon!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Holidays from Alaska Book Week!

Before this year comes to a close, we would like to once again thank all of our sponsors, participants, and community members for making Alaska Book Week a success this year. Thanks to everyone's support, Alaska Book Week was able to expand once again.

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Special Thanks to Our Sponsors: Arctic Cliffhangers, Graphic Arts Books/Alaska Northwest Books, University of Alaska Press, Great Northwest, Inc., The Babbling Book, Epicenter Press, VP&D House, Associated General Contractors of Alaska.

Special Thanks to Our Participants (including those who were part of events during ABW): Glen Klinkhart, Shirley Schneider, Helen Hegener, Steven Levi, Lynn Lovegreen, Shannon Brodie, Linda McMilin, Jody Evans, Bill Quirk, Tricia Turley, Dan Berne, Danielle Devore, Becky Saleeby, Lael Morgan, S.E. Thomas, Katie Baxter, Charlotte Glover, Tiffany Berry, Marilyn Forrester, Andy Hall, Debbie Adamson, Rachel Weaver, Lynne Curry, Tetiana Brooks, Dave Atcheson, Annie Boochever, Angie Zbornik, Veronica Croteau, Jolene Perry, Susanna Mishler, Kris Farmen, Lael Morgan, Rachel Weaver, Seth Kantner, Beth Hill, Ron Spatz, Peggy Shumaker, Dr. Thad Woodard, Carol Sturgulewski, Susan Dererra, Sherry Simpson, Joan Kane, Deb Vanasse, Dave Costello, Doug Vandergraft, Eugene Solovyov, Debbie S. Miller, Bill Richardson, Ron Smith, Ray Bonell, Priscilla Delga, Nicole O'Donnell, Bonnye Matthews, Cil Gregoire, Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan, David G. Brown, Brendan R. Van Valkenburgh, Vared Mares, Donna Mack, Bill Howell, Michael Reidell, Patricia Watts, Tam Linsey, Tetiana Brooks, Pam Flowers, David Jensen, Basil Sands, Warren Troy, Ron Walden, Mary Durham, Alana Terry, Jim Lanier, Brooke Hartman, Evan Swensen, and Julie Stafford.

Special Thanks to Our Community Members: Renee Millner, Kathleen McCoy, Rachel Epstein, Barnes and Noble, University of Alaska, Alaska Quarterly Review, Anchorage Museum, Alaska Writer's Guild, Loussac Library, Cordova Public Library, John Trigg Ester Library, Alaska Arts Association, Parnassus Books, Homer Bookstore, Fireside Books, Old Harbor Books, and Kenai Peninsula College.

Thank You!

We apologize if your name is not on this list. If your name should be on this list, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at, and your name will be included accordingly. 

We would also like to continue advocating on your behalf. If there are events that you are coordinating or participating in related to Alaskan authors and/or books, please contact the coordinator. We would be happy to advertise your involvement on the Alaska Book Week website and Facebook page. Once again, thank you for your support. Please have a happy and safe holiday season!

Happy Holidays!

We hope to see you all next year for Alaska Book Week 2015 (October 3-10)!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday and Saturday Events

We are almost there, folks! In order to our friends of Alaska Book Week better prepared, we have listed the events for Friday and Saturday. We hope to see you all at the Great Alaska Book Fair this Saturday!



Friday, October 10, 7pm, Kenai Peninsula College McLain Commons: Reading and Talk by Don Rearden and Deb Vanasse


Friday, October 10, Barnes and Noble, 6:00-9:00 pm Joe King, Great Alaska Pizza Box Craft Book We apologize for posting this event late. If you notice any event that is missing or out of place, please let the Alaska Book Week coordinator know. 


Friday, Oct. 10, 11am-3 pm, Fred Meyer, Wasilla: Author Signing by Bonnye Matthews (Kiti’s Story, 75,000 BC, Manak-na’s Story, 75,000 BC, Zaminmolo’s Story, 35,000 BC) 


The Great Alaska Book Fair!

Saturday, October 11, 10am-5pm, Loussac Library (Lower Level)--THE GREAT ALASKA BOOK FAIR
The Great Alaska Book Fair caps off this year's Alaska Book Week! Come by and meet your favorite Alaskan authors! A special thanks to Brooke Hartman, the Alaska Writer's Guild, and Loussac Library for organizing this event. This year's participants include:

Carey Cossaboom, Bill Richardson, Lynne Curry, Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan, David G. Brown, Brendan R. Van Valkenburgh, Vered Mares, Donna Mack, Bill Howell, Michael Reidell, Shirley Schneider, Andy Hall, Patricia Watts, Becky Saleeby, Glen Klinkhart, Tam Linsey, Tetiana Brooks, Pam Flowers, David Jensen, Basil Sands, Warren Troy, Ron Walden, Mary Durham, Alana Terry, Jim Lanier, Steven Levi, Evan Swensen, Julie Stafford, and S. E. Thomas


Saturday, Oct. 11, 2-4pm, Bear Gallery, 3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Road: Fairbanks Arts Association will hold a reception in celebration of Alaska Book Week. Authors and book lovers are invited to attend, discuss books, meet one other authors and readers and enjoy light refreshments.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 8:30-9:45 pm, West Valley High School: Book signing with Ray Troll, following his keynote address for the 2014 Arts in Education Conference, ThINKing about Art, sponsored by the Alaska Art Education Association.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 11 am-6 pm, Fred Meyer, Airport Way, Fairbanks: Book signing Daniel Griffin (Village of the Full Moon Curse, Sky Streak of Terror)


Saturday, Oct. 11, 11 am-3 pm, Fred Meyer, Wasilla: Author Signing by Cil Gregoire (Crystalline Aura, Anthya’s Word, Elemental Forces


Saturday, Oct. 11, 1-3pm, Homer Bookstore will be having a book signing with Seth Kantner to celebrate the release of his new book from University of Alaska Press, Pup and Pokey.


Saturday, Oct, 11, 2-4pm, Parnassus Book, Ketchikan: Local author/illustrator signing party to celebrate Alaska Book Week featuring Evon Zerbetz: Lucky Hares and Itchy BearsTen Rowdy Ravens, 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!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday Events



Thursday, October 9, 6-9pm, Barnes & Noble, Anchorage: Dave Costello Author Signing. Welcome Dave Costello, Alaskan author and senior editor at Alaska magazine, while he introduces his debut title Flying Off Everest: A Journey from the Summit to the Sea, which takes us on a journey with two friends in April 2011.


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



Thursday, Oct. 9, 5:30-7:30pm: Gulliver's Books in Fairbanks will be hosting four local authors for a joint book signing/reading: Ron Smith (How Not To Die Hunting In Alaska), Ray Bonnell (Interior Sketches), Priscilla Delga (Cold Water), and Nicole O’Donnell (Steam Laundry). Each author will have 20-30 minutes to read from their selected book and give a short presentation. Afterwards there will be time for people to get their books signed, enjoy refreshments, and ask questions.