Saturday, October 3, 2015

Saturday, October 3

Alaska Book Week has officially kicked off! Please check back here every day during Alaska Book Week to see what events are happening throughout the state. For a full list of events, please click here:

Here are the events for Saturday, October 3:

For more information about Jen Funk Weber's puzzle contest, please visit the following link:

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday, October 2

Tonight is the eve of Alaska Book Week! We would like thank all of the authors, community members, and sponsors for making this yearly celebration possible. Starting tonight, there will be events all over the state, and we invite you all to get out there and support your local authors, bookstores, libraries, and schools! Also, please feel free to share photos and blurbs of your experiences with the ABW Coordinator at Here are the events listed for Friday, October 2:

Event Details
Friday, October 2
5:30 p.m.
Owen Thomas, Arcana Mishra
Artique, Ltd. (Anchorage): The book signings by Owen Thomas ("The Lion Trees" and "Signs of Passing") and Archana Mishra ("The Fortunate Child") will be on First Friday (October 2), starting at 5:30. The book signing event will be in conjunction with an art exhibit featuring Rod Weagant and Susan Lindsey.

Note: If any of these or future events are incorrect, please notify the Coordinator immediately. Thank you for your support!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tentative Event List

Note About Great Alaska Book Fair

Alaska Book Week is almost upon us! While we are getting things set up, we have been apprised of the fact the Great Alaska Book Fair has been incorrectly dated in a couple of local news sources. Most recently, announcements were created with a date of October 3.

Please note that the Great Alaska Book Fair will take place on October 10, 10:00-6:00. We apologize for any inconvenience this mix-up has caused, and we thank you all for your support!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Event Update #4: Author Updates

We are nearing the end of event updates. We will provide a document that lists all daily events in the next couple of days, so please check back soon. There is only a week left!

Tricia Brown

  • Sat., Oct. 3, 10:30-12:30 p.m.: Booksigning at Anchorage Museum Gift Shop.
  • Wed., Oct. 7, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.: Booksigning adult nonfiction The Alaska Homesteaders Handbook with co-author Nancy Gates at Fireside Books in Palmer. Also I'll be signing Charlie and the Blanket Toss as well as any other Tricia Brown books they have in stock. Shoppers are invited to bring in copies of my books from their home library, and I'd be happy to sign and personalize them. 
  • Sat., Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: The Great Alaska Book Fair at the Mall at Sears. I'll have a table there with a variety of my books for adults and children. 7-9 p.m.: As part of the Alaska Book Week fundraiser, I've donated a half-day school or library author visit. PTOs or individuals may bid on this unique silent auction item on behalf of their favorite student(s).

Leigh Newman and Alderworks Alaska Writers

For Alaska Book Week, the new Alderworks Alaska Writers and Artists Retreat in Dyea has launched its website: The application period for Summer 2016 residencies will begin November 15. Leigh Newman was a guest writer invited to test out the cabins in August. Here is a video of her reading from a cabin porch for Alaska Book Week:

Friday, September 18, 2015

Event Update #3: Anchorage and Palmer

Alaska Book Week is nearly here! Our event list is getting bigger as the days go by. Thank you to everyone for reaching out and sharing events for this website! We still a few more events to announce, so please check back here over the next few days.


Saturday, October 10 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Lithuanian Poet Judita Vaiciunaite, with Svaja Worthington and Leslie Fried 

The art, life, and times  of Lithuanaian Poet Judita Vaiciunaite (1937-2001) with  be highlighted at this event with Svaja Worthington and  Leslie Fried. 

Leslie Fried is the curator of the Alaska Jewish Museum in Anchorage.  She received a BA in Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Oregon and holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University  of Washington.  Also a poet, many of her poems have appeared in Cirque Literary Journal.

Svaja Vansauskas Worthington was just 18 months old when her family fled Lithuania to escape the devastation caused by World War II. For the past 40 years, she has called Alaska home. In 2013, she was named the Honorary Consul from the State of Alaska to the Republic of Lithuania.  Although retired, Svaja occasionally teaches one English class at UAA Anchorage’s Chugiak-Eagle River campus.  Her translations of  2 poems by Judita Vaiciunaite appear in Cirque Literary Journal Vol. 6, no. 2.


Muldoon Library and Barnes and Noble are hosting events for A is for Alaska! Join the Anchorage community in celebrating a unique book authored by children. More details for these events will follow, but here is the tentative schedule:
  • Muldoon Library: Saturday, October 3, 4 pm.
  • Barnes and Noble: Friday, October 9, 5 pm.


Fireside books is hosting a number of authors throughout Alaska Book Week, including signings, panels, and dinners. Here is their schedule:

Saturday, Oct 3: Alaska's State Sport: Mushing
  • Helen Hegener 1 pm
  • Martin Buser 4pm; 6 pm author-dinner
Monday, October 5: Alaska History
  • Laurel Bill, 11 am
  • Katie Mangelsdorf, 2 pm
Tuesday, October 6: Alaska Cooks!
  • Panel of Food Bloggers, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, October 7: Alaska's Kids!
  • Tricia Brown/Nancy Gates, 11 AM
  • Alice Hanscam, 1 pm
Thursday, October 8: Alaska's Nature Tales
  • Bill Sherwonit, 1 pm
Friday, October 9 : Alaska in Fiction
  • Eowyn Ivey, 12 pm
  • Rosemary McGuire, 3:30 pm
Saturday, October 10: Colony Kids, Alaska Spirit
  • Heather Lehe,  10:30 am
  • Jess Lederman (Onesimus), 3 pm


Helen Hegener: Here is a blurb from Helen Hegener's website. For more information, please visit

"Northern Light Media will be participating inAlaska Book Week again this year, with a book-signing at our favorite bookstore, Fireside Booksin Palmer, on Saturday, October 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm! We’ll be focusing on our mushing books, including Along Alaskan Trails, The First Iditarod, The All Alaska Sweepstakes, The Yukon Quest Trail and others, but we will also have our Matanuska series available, including The Beautiful Matanuska Valley, The 1935 Matanuska Colony Project and the companion book of photos, and The Matanuska Colony Barns. Come visit us, and be sure to check out some of the other wonderful events happening during the 2015 Alaska Book Week!"

Bill Howell: Bill Howell will be doing a reading/signing on October 3vat the Soldotna Public Library and a presentation for the KPC Showcase at Kenai a Peninsula College on October 8.