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

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 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
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!