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.