Friday, October 19, 2012

Alaska Book Week celebration on UAF Campus


Several UAF departments joined the University of Alaska Press in celebrating Alaska Book Week 2012. Students, faculty, and community members stopped by more than a dozen tables to talk with programs such as Alaska SeaGrant, the Alaska Native Language Center, and the Elmer E. Rasmuson and BioSciences Libriaries and to buy books from a wide they had available for purchase.

Morning readings featured Cam Esslemont, Peggy Shumaker, Sean Hill, Derick Burleson, Gerri Brightwell, and Carol Kaynor. After a break, they switched to an open mic format that kept people reading into the early afternoon--we hear that a lot of enthusiastic readers and their friends participated!

Once again we extend our thanks to University of Alaska Press for their generous sponsorship of Alaska Book Week.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

End of Alaska Book Week, Book Giveaway Winners


Thanks so much to everyone for their participation, enthusiasm and contributions to promoting Alaska Book Week!

And congratulations to yesterday’s winners of the book give away, Angela Gonzales and Suzanne Miles! Please email 49writers@alaskabookweek.com by October 20 with your mailing address so we can send your prize.

We will have summary postings to mark the end of the celebration this week--stay tuned!

Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Day Eight



October 13 featured titles: The Way Winter Comes—Alaska Stories by Sherry Simpson (donated by author) AND Write Hard, Die Free—Dispatches from the Battlefields and Barrooms of the Great Alaska Newspaper War by Howard Weaver (donated by Epicenter Press)

We’re giving away two books each day of Alaska Book Week. To win one of today’s featured titles, leave a comment either here or on our Facebook page; one entry per person per day. Winner will be chosen by random drawing each day and announced on this site and on Facebook the following day.We must be able to reach you by email in order to arrange to mail your prize to you.

Congratulations to yesterday’s winners, Erin Hollowell and Kersten! Please email 49writers@alaskabookweek.com by October 20 with your mailing address so we can send your prize.

Today’s question for comment: Which Alaska book do you recommend most often to others?  

Friday, October 12, 2012

Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Day Seven


October 12 featured titles: The Raven's Gift by Don Rearden (signed and donated by author) AND You on YouTube—Using YouTube to Sell your Art, Book, Craft or Service by Marguerita McManus (signed and donated by author)

We’re giving away two books each day of Alaska Book Week. To win one of today’s featured titles, leave a comment either here or on our Facebook page; one entry per person per day. Winners will be chosen by random drawing each day and announced on this site and on Facebook the following day. We must be able to reach you by email in order to arrange to mail your prize to you.

Congratulations to yesterday’s winners, Tom Rogge and Lambright! Please email 49writers@alaskabookweek.com by October 20 with your mailing address so we can send your prize.

Today’s question for comment: Which Alaska book (by an Alaska author or about Alaska) have you read most recently?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Day Six



October 11 featured titles: The Storms of Denali by Nicholas O’Connell (donated by University of Alaska Press) AND Survival—Life and Art of the Alaskan Eskimo by Barbara Lipton (signed and donated by author; now out of print)

We’re giving away two books each day of Alaska Book Week. To win one of today’s featured titles, leave a comment either here or on our Facebook page; one entry per person per day. Winner will be chosen by random drawing each day and announced on this site and on Facebook the following day. We must be able to reach you by email in order to arrange to mail your prize to you.

Congratulations to yesterday’s winner, Patrick Dixon! Please email 49writers@alaskabookweek.com by October 20 with your mailing address so we can send your prize.

Today’s question for comment: Which part of Alaska is the most inspiring to read about?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Day Five


October 10 featured titles: A Perfect Knight for Love by Jackie Ivie (signed and donated by author) AND Shield of Fire by Boone Brux (signed and donated by author)

We’re giving away two books each day of Alaska Book Week. Today it's the turn of Alaska romance writers! To win one of today’s featured titles, leave a comment either here or on our Facebook page; one entry per person per day. Winners will be chosen by random drawing each day and announced on this site and on Facebook the following day. We must be able to reach you by email in order to arrange to mail your prize to you.

Congratulations to yesterday’s winners, Renee Downs and Laura Sullivan-Weekes McDonell! Please email 49writers@alaskabookweek.com by October 20 with your mailing address so we can send your prize.

Today’s question for comment: What book do you think best represents the heart of Alaska?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Day Four


October 9 featured titles: The Map of My Dead Pilots- The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska by Colleen Mondor (donated by Epicenter Press AND Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon by Mary Albanese (signed by Epicenter Press)

We’re giving away two books each day of Alaska Book Week. To win one of today’s featured titles, leave a comment either here or on our Facebook page; one entry per person per day. Winner will be chosen by random drawing each day and announced on this site and on Facebook the following day. We must be able to reach you by email in order to arrange to mail your prize to you.

Congratulations to yesterday’s winners, Victoria Steik and Erin Kirkland! Please email 49writers@alaskabookweek.com by October 20 with your mailing address so we can send your prize.

Today’s question for comment: What aspect of Alaska not yet written about would you like to read?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Day Three



October 8 featured titles:  Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Goldrush by Lael Morgan (donated by Epicenter Press) AND Finish Any Quilt: A Practical Guide to Adapting Quilts to Finish As You Go by Marguerita McManus (signed and donated by author)

We’re giving away two books each day of Alaska Book Week. To win one of today’s featured titles, leave a comment either here or on our Facebook page; one entry per person per day. Winners will be chosen by random drawing each day and announced on this site and on Facebook the following day. We must be able to reach you by email in order to arrange to mail your prize to you.

Yesterday’s winner: Sherri Douglas. Please email 49writers@alaskabookweek.com by October 20 with your mailing address so we can send your prize.

Today’s question for comment: Which part of Alaskan history would you like to read or write a book about?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Day Two



October 7 featured titles: Cold River Spirits -Whispers From a Family’s Forgotten Past by Jan Harper-Haines (donated by Epicenter Press) AND TurnAgain—A Novel by Kris Farmen (donated by VP&D House)

We’re giving away two books each day of Alaska Book Week. To win one of today’s featured titles, leave a comment either here or on our Facebook page; one entry per person per day. Winner will be chosen by random drawing each day and announced on this site and on Facebook the following day. We must be able to reach you by email in order to arrange to mail your prize to you.

Congratulations to yesterday’s winners, Renee Downs and Sharry Miller:  Please email 49writers@alaskabookweek.com by October 20 with your mailing address so we can send your prize.

Today’s question for comment: Which Alaska book would you like to see adapted into a play or movie? Remember you need to respond to the question to be eligible for the prize drawing!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Day One

This year we're giving away not one but two books each day of Alaska Book Week!

October 6 featured titles:

ATender Distance: Adventures of Raising My Sons in Alaska by Kaylene Johnson (signed by the author) AND Canyonsand Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith by Kaylene Johnson (signed by the author and Dick Griffith)

To win one of today’s featured titles, donated by Kaylene Johnson, leave a comment either here or on our Facebook page by 9pm AKDT; one entry per person per day. Winner will be chosen by random drawing each day and announced on this site and on Facebook the following day. We must be able to reach you by email in order to arrange to mail your prize to you.

Today’s question for comment: What are your favorite Alaska places to share with a child or with visitors?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Alaska Book Week Giveaway Bonus!


Our annual Alaska Book Week giveaway doesn't start officially until tomorrow, October 6, but thanks to the generosity of The Babbling Book in Haines we have two extra books to give away. So we're going to get into the spirit of Alaska Book Week with a First Friday book giveaway that celebrates Haines author Heather Lende.

Our bonus featured titles are If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name and Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs (both signed by author).

To win one of today’s featured titles, leave a comment either here or on our Facebook page by 9pm AKDT; one entry per person per day. Winners will be chosen by random drawing each day and announced on this site and on Facebook the following day. We must be able to reach you by email in order to arrange to mail your prize to you.

Today's question for comment: What do you like most about Alaska Book Week?
On October 9, 3:30 pm at Mountain View Community Library, WYAK will lead a session of the teen writing club Writer's Block that features books by Alaskan authors and illustrators. Participants will discuss how one becomes a writer and talk about where writers get their ideas. This is part of WYAK's ongoing program, Alaska Out Loud, which was made possible with funding by Rasmuson Foundation through the Arts in Education fund, and is administered, under contract, by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Alaska Book Week Bump

October, already! That can mean only one thing:  the Alaska Book Week countdown is on. On Saturday, our celebration of all books by Alaskans and/or about Alaska begins.

The other little thing we like about October? It's PFD time. If you're an Alaskan and you've opted for direct deposit, $878 will land in your bank account on Thursday.

What if from that $878 we each agreed to spend $25 on Alaska books, either for ourselves or as holiday gifts? Together, we'd create an Alaska Book Week bump. Believe me, that would make for some happy authors.

What are you waiting for? Head to the nearest bookstore or pull up your favorite online venue and start shopping.

While you're at it, leave a comment here suggesting which Alaska titles you recommend our readers invest in.

You do know that books are investments, right?

Inspired? Make an Alaska book list on Amazon or Goodreads. Hit Facebook and Twitter. Tell the world. It's time for the Alaska Book Week bump!

Originally posted on the 49 Writers blog by 49 Writers co-founder Deb Vanasse.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Bookstores Celebrate Alaska Book Week

Tales Told Twice
Bookstores around the state are participating in Alaska Book Week by distributing our special bookmarks to customers. Many are also putting on special displays that highlight the wealth of Alaska writers and Alaska books available. Make October 6-13 the week you buy the book on Alaska or book by an Alaska author that you've always been meaning to read!

You can get your own bookmark at one of the following bookstores: The Anchorage Museum Bookstore, The Babbling Book (Haines), Barnes & Noble (Anchorage), Fireside Books (Palmer), Gulliver's Books (Fairbanks), The Homer Bookstore, Metro Music & Books (Anchorage), Tales Told Twice (Talkeetna), Title Wave Books (Anchorage), and the UAA Campus Bookstore.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Debby Dahl Edwardson on KBRW in Barrow


Be sure to tune in to KBRW on Monday, October 8, to hear Barrow author Debby Dahl Edwardson, National Book Award finalist for My Name is Not Easy, talk about Alaska Book Week.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Invite an Author to Your Event

If you are celebrating Alaska Book Week in your classroom, at your bookstore, with your reading club, or in some other group, consider inviting an author to be a guest speaker. The Alaskan Writers Directory provides a comprehensive list of Alaska authors, and several writers have offered to come and speak to interested groups, including Tam Linsey, Maxine Mansfield, Lynn Lovegreen, Libby Hatton, Kristy Miller, and Marguerita McManus. Just let us know if you would like to contact any of these authors by emailing 49writers@gmail.com

Saturday, September 29, 2012

UAA Bookstore Author Events

Tuesday October 9, 5:00-7:00pm
UAA Alumni Lawrence Todd Wood presents his new novel Currency

How can a background in the Air Force, Engineering Management and Investment Banking fit together? As a writer, of course! Join us as UAA alumni and novelist Lawrence Todd Wood (M.S. Engineering Management grad ('91), returns to UAA to discuss his exciting thriller Currency.

What critics say:
Currency is "a good dose of high finance, world markets, historical facts all strung together to pull the reader into this gut-wrenching, action thriller."

Currency is not just a story about the role of gold as a store of value, monetary wealth and medium of exchange. It's a story of adventure, history, pirates, intrigue, treasure, espionage, international finance, world politics, global economics, national security and modern day warfare. “

“Wood develops the primary characters nicely and creates a level of suspense that keeps you turning the pages," says another. "What makes the storyline especially compelling is that it speaks to the financial issues that threaten to undermine our nation's economic security today."


Wednesday October 10, 5:00-7:00pm
The Alaska Constitutional Convention Round 2?

At this event former Alaska Attorney General John Havelock discusses his provocative book, Let’s Do it Right: Why We Need an Alaska Constitutional Convention. Everyone is encouraged to attend and listen to a lively discussion.

Thursday, October 11, 5:00-6:30pm
The Medieval Roots of Tolkien's Philosophical Ideas with Author Matthew Dickerson

Matthew Dickerson is the author of several books about J.R.R. Tolkien including: Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings (2004); Ents, Elves and Eriador: the Environmental Vision of J.R.R.Tolkien (2006); From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook of Myth and Fantasy (2006); A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R.Tolkien's Middle-earth (2012). 
Dickerson is a professor of Computer Science at Middlebury College in Vermont, a member of the Environmental Studies Program and also director of the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event and become enchanted by the Tolkien world.

Friday October 12, 1:00-3:00pm
Melt the Ice with 5 Alaska Romance Writers

In celebration of Alaska Book Week, Alaska romance authors come together to discuss their books, writing and romance. Everyone is invited to come and meet authors Tam Linsey, Jennifer Bernard, Jackie Ivie, Boone Brux , and Lizbeth Selwig.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bethel's young writers celebrate Alaska Book Week

During Alaska Book Week, the Bethel chapter of WYAK (Write Young Alaska) will be busy with a variety of events. Peter Twitchell, longtime Delta Discovery columnist, will be visiting them to answer their burning questions about the writing process, maintaining deadlines, and coming up with fresh ideas. Their goal is to come away with ideas for editorials of their own to submit to the newspaper. And Alaska author Don Rearden (The Raven's Gift) will Skype with the WYAK group to discuss how to use setting to create mood - they will  use that session to fine-tune submissions to the WYAK "Ghosts and Legends" writing contest. And last but not least, a special display of Alaska books is planned at Bethel Regional High School.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

First Friday with Teri Sloat in Juneau

Leading into Alaska Book Week, on Friday, October 5, 5-7pm, the Downtown Juneau Public Library presents a special reception. Author and Illustrator Teri Sloat, whose illustrations will be on display in the large conference room, will present a talk, “Visual Art and Story: connecting with kids” at 6:00 pm. Sloat’s illustrations have brought many magical Alaskan children’s books to life, including Berry Magic, Dance on a Sealskin, The Hungry Giant of the Tundra, and more. During her time in Alaska, Sloat worked with the Bilingual Center in Bethel, Alaska to produce many bilingual books in Yup’ik and English. Sloat recalls, “Years of living on the YK Delta, working with bilingual programs, and oral storytellers has given me an ever-changing idea of what makes a good story. Alaska continues to be a place to return to for great journeys of the imagination.”

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Meet the Editor event with James Engelhardt

If you will be in Fairbanks for Alaska Book Week, take advantage of the opportunity to talk one-on-one with James Engelhardt, Acquisitions Editor for University of Alaska Press. James is available for consultations during their Alaska Book Week event at UAF Wood Center on Monday, October 8, 10:00-11:30 am and 1:30-3:30 pm - email him at james.engelhardt@alaska.edu if you are interested.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

AQR leads in to Alaska Book Week with 2 free events


Join UAA’s acclaimed Alaska Quarterly Review for two special free 30th Anniversary events to kick off Alaska Book Week:

On Thursday, October 4, at 7PM the "THE STONE OF HEAVEN: Alaska Quarterly Review 30th Anniversary Poems" will be presented in the Loussac Library's Wilda Marston Theater. This reading from AQR's milestone 30th Anniversary fall and winter 2012 edition features the best in contemporary poetry.

And on Friday, October 5, from 5:30 to 7PM in both of APU's Art Galleries is the opening reception for the extraordinary "LIBERTY & JUSTICE FOR ALL" exhibition. The exhibit features the photography and narratives of 68 of the world's best photojournalists from 23 nations. The publication in spring and summer 2012 was acclaimed by the National Endowment for the Arts and this event is Alaska's premiere of the exhibition just returned from presentation at the Frontline Club in London, UK and exhibition for more than two months at the FOVEA EXHIBITION gallery in Beacon, NY and for a month at the VII Gallery in New York City with coverage in the TIME magazine Tumblr and The New York Times. The VII Gallery opening panel discussion was also made into a public television program and broadcast statewide in Alaska on September 8-10.

Admission is free for both events.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Writing Readable Alaska History: an authors' panel

In celebration of ALASKA BOOK WEEK, join local authors for a discussion of how to translate Alaska history into page turning reading. Light refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Alaska Center for the Book and Anchorage Public Library.

Featured authors:
  • Kris Farmen
  • Kaylene Johnson
  • Carol Sturgulewski
Thursday, October 11, 2012
7:30—8:45pm
Z. J. Loussac Public Library
3600 Denali Street
Public Conference Room, level one

Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith Book Signing Event


Dick Griffith will give a presentation about his wilderness travels followed by a book signing at Jitters in Eagle River, at 10 am Saturday, October 6. Dick Griffith has traveled, by foot and ski, more than 6,000 miles across Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. Even before his adventures in the North, Griffith was a pioneer of rafting on the Green and Colorado rivers and is considered the grandfather of packrafting. He recently received a commendation from the Alaska State Legislature for embodying the Spirit of Alaska. Griffith's story is now told in his new biography Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith written by author Kaylene Johnson.

From Jon Krakauer
In Canyons and Ice, Kaylene Johnson recounts the adventures of Dick Griffith, who has undertaken a series of remarkable wilderness journeys across Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and the American West over the past six decades. On at least one of these trips he barely survived. Stoical, utterly self-reliant, and attracted by challenges of immense scale, Griffith brings to mind heroic figures of an earlier, less craven era -- stalwart individuals like Shackleton, Amundsen, Nansen, and Stefansson who explored some of the least hospitable places on earth without benefit of GPS, Gore-Tex, or the possibility of rescue. Unlike most of his celebrated antecedents, however, Griffith’s motives for seeking a life of risk and hardship had nothing to do with a desire for wealth or prestige.  As this gripping and inspiring book explains, Griffith is simply “afflicted” with an irresistible inclination to attempt what others say can’t be done. When asked what possesses a man to repeatedly strike out alone across hundreds of miles of rugged, lonely country, he replies, “Every so often, it’s just time to walk.”
– Jon Krakauer, Author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, Under the Banner of Heaven, and Where Men Win Glory           

From  Craig Medred
Dick Griffith has lived the sort of big, wild life that most cardboard-cutout adventurers of today only dream of living. He has engaged the wilderness in his own way on his own terms without ever once pandering to sponsors. He has undertaken adventures hard to believe, and survived every one of them. The result is a life so awe inspiring you may not believe this book true. But every damn word is as real as the north-country dangers that have killed lesser men. 
 – Craig Medred, is reporter for Alaska Dispatch, long-time outdoor columnist for the Anchorage Daily News and author ofGraveyard of Dreams." 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Workaday: New Poems, New Play

Linda Gregerson
Arlitia Jones
Alaska Book Week will culminate with a special Synergies event presented by 49 Writers at Out North on Saturday, October 13, 7:00-8:30 pm. Join us for a special evening of poetry and drama featuring distinguished poet Linda Gregerson and local playwright Arlitia Jones. Linda Gregerson will read from her fifth collection of poems, The Selvage, and Arlitia Jones will debut a one-act play, The Children of Light, from her new production company Toss Pot. Admission free, donations to the 49 Writers Poetry Fund welcome. The reading and performance will be followed by a book signing and no-host after party. More details at the 49 Writers website. Thanks to our sponsors Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop and Fireside Books.

NOTE: This play contains adult language and is not suitable for everyone.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Melt the Ice with 5 Alaska Romance Writers!

Alaska Romance Writers will be holding a panel during Alaska Book Week to be held at the UAA Campus Bookstore on Friday, October 12, 1:00-3:00 pm. Come and hear Romance Writers Boone Brux, Jackie Ivie, Tam Linsey, Jennifer Bernard, Lizbeth Selvig discuss their books, writing, and romance.

Many thanks to AKRWA!

Anchorage Friends of the Library to hold ABW event

Friends of the Library will be hosting its annual meeting and author event during Alaska Book Week. The event is Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Ann Stevens Room of Z.J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage. Activities are free and open to the public.

A welcome reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. The agenda includes brief updates from the year's activities, and awards for special volunteers and supporters. The guest speaker is Carol Sturgulewski, author of "White House of the North: Stories from the Alaska Governor's Mansion." The book celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Governor's House, with historic photos and interviews with former governors, family and friends dating back to 1925. Sturgulewski will have a slide presentation of photos from the book, and will sign and sell books afterward.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Epicenter Press sponsors Alaska Book Week


Thank you to Epicenter Press for renewing their commitment to Alaska Book week! They join primary sponsor University of Alaska Press in support of our annual celebration of Alaska writers and their books. Epicenter Press has also agreed to donate some of their titles to our daily Alaska Book Week giveaway - details of titles to follow.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

2012 Alaska Book Week poster

The 2012 poster is now available in PDF format to print and distribute - just click the poster image in the sidebar and we will email it to you. Thank you for helping us to spread the word about Alaska Book Week!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Hot from University of Alaska Press!

The University of Alaska Press, our primary sponsor, will be hosting an Alaska Book Week event at the UAF Wood Center on Monday, October 8, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Multiple departments on campus have been invited to participate, with confirmations received from UA Press, UAF Bookstore, Alaska Sea Grant, Alaska Native Language Center, UAF Rasmuson Library, and the UAF English Department. They will be selling books and other publications and stage author signings and various other activities. More information to come as the planning progresses.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Alaska Book Week - October 6-13, 2012

Join libraries, booksellers, publishers, and schools for Alaska Book Week, a statewide celebration of Alaska's authors and books. Book displays, author visits, book club events, and press coverage, are among the activities planned. Communities throughout the state are encouraged to come up with their own unique events, to be shared on the Alaska Book Week website. As host of this celebration, 49 Writers will publicize the event with periodic emails, blogposts, and - funds permitting - posters, and bookmarks.

In 2012, Alaska Book Week is October 6-13.  To make this week a success, we need your help. Please click the sidebar logo to complete our Alaska Book Week participation form, and we'll add you to our database.  We'll publish your plans and reports of your activities here at www.alaskabookweek.com, so be sure to keep us updated on how you're celebrating by emailing us at 49writers@gmail.com.

Alaska Book Week is funded by donors and sponsors.  All levels of support are welcome.  If you'd like to help, visit our donation page; after filling in the amount and clicking My Donation, type "Alaska Book Week" in the special instructions field.  Donations can also be mailed to 49 Writers, PO Box 221086, Anchorage, AK  99522. 49 Writers is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation.

Alaska Book Week is hosted by 49 Writers/49 Alaska Writing Center with help from our friends and fans throughout the state.  Questions?  Email 49writers@gmail.com.