Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Alaska Book Week in Haines

Heather Lende reads from her work
Alaska Book Week was very exciting at the Haines Borough Public Library. We had a visit from Erin McKittrick, who read from her new book, Small Feet, Big Land. The slideshow presentation included a life-sized look at the things they brought on their journey around Alaska with the family – tent, rafts, set up in the reading room of our library. Those alone triggered many questions from our adventurous community who showed up in full to hear their story.

Local author Heather Lende read from books yet to be published, one called Finding the Good, the other an insightful novel about a girl in a small town. It was so heartening for our community to hear her warm words before the snow comes. We’re biting our nails and pacing waiting for them to be published so we can soak up the stories we know, but see differently when reading Heather’s point of view.

The Haines Borough Public Library also invited author Eleanor Millard, from the First Nations community of Carcross, YT, for a writer’s workshop. Eleanor also read from her new book, Summer Snow, a potent novel inspired by Eleanor’s personal experience adopting a First Nations girl with FASD. The love of literature reflected in her workshop, and the cross-cultural relationships framed in her books, I felt identified life in the North so well, it crossed Canada-Alaska border.

Thank you, 49 Writers, for making Alaska Book Week possible.
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Jessie Morgan, Education/Cultural Coordinator at Haines Borough Public Library, provided this update on Alaska Book Week activities there.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Debut of the Great Alaska Book Fair


A huge thank you to The Alaska Writers Guild and Alaska Pacific University for planning and hosting the first annual Great Alaska Book Fair at APU on October 12, with support from 49 Writers. Forty-five authors writing in many different genres participated--some from as far away as Unalaska! There were also five presses and literary journals represented: University of Alaska Press, VP&D House, Cirque, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the Alaska Dispatch.

Kris Farmen signs copies of Turn Again
Our gratitude also goes to the writers themselves for bringing the range and depth of Alaskan writing into the public eye: Martha Amore, Barbara Atwater, Dan Bigley, Laurel Bill, Burt Bomhoff, David Brown, Anne Coray, Valerie Delaune, Priscilla Delgado, Roman Dial, Sherry Eckrich and 10 Poets, Mei Mei Evans, Kris Farmen, Vic Fischer, Dick Griffity, Libby Hatton, William Hauser, Dani Haviland, Cora Holmes, Kaylene Johnson, Jim Lanier, Steven Levi, Lynn Lovegree, Katie Mangelsdorf, Bonnye Matthews, Debra McKinney, Rick Mystrom, Jim Misko, Lyle O'Conner, Bill Quick, Don Rearden, Michael Reidell, Bill Richardson, Cinthia Ritchie, Emily Rohrabaugh, Basil Sands, David Snyder, Millie Spezialy, Evan Swensen, Nancy Sydnam, J.N. Taylor, S.E. Thomas, Paul Twardock, Brendan VanValkenburgh, Deb Vanasse, Patricia Watts, and Bruce Walden.

Craig Medred and Megan Edge of the Alaska Dispatch
Special thanks to the Alaska Dispatch for their assistance with promoting the event! The Alaska Writers Guild, 49 Writers, and APU worked hard to get the word out and we had hoped for a higher attendance by the general public. Those who did come certainly had an impressive selection of authors to meet and many different books to browse and choose from. Everyone concerned has great ideas for making this key celebration on the Alaska Book Week calendar an even bigger event you just can't miss next year!
Musher Jim Lanier meets new readers

Rebecca Goodrich for Rick Mystrom



Saturday, October 12, 2013

Final Day (October 12): Alaska Book giveaway!


Featured Bookstore: River City Books, Soldotna
Featured titles: A Long Trek Home and Big Feet Big Land by Erin McKittrick

We’re giving away books each day of Alaska Book Week. To win one of today’s featured titles, just answer the question below (one entry per person per day) before midnight today. The winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on this site and on Facebook tomorrow. 

Today’s question:  Which Alaska book (by an Alaska or about an Alaska) would you expect to be the “last book standing”? Click here to comment.

Yesterday's winner: Renee Downs of Anchorage. The Alaskan authors that entrants would like to see interviewed on television included Don Rearden, Seth Kantner, Dana Stabenow, Lynn Schooler, and Dick Griffiths, as well as Arnold Griese and Naomi Gaede-Penner.


RiverCity Books is a cheerful oasis on Soldotna's main street that serves up a delightful concoction of novels, non-fiction, children's books and a top-notch Alaska selection. Along with the Fine Thyme Cafe's espresso drinks are fabulous quiches, salads, sandwiches and handmade desserts made daily. What a perfect combination!

River City Books has generously donated two titles to the Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Erin McKittrick's A Long Trek Home and Small Feet, Big Land.

Thank you, River City Books!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Day Seven (October 11): Alaska Book Giveaway!

Featured Bookstore: Old Harbor Books
Featured titles: Sitka: A Home in the Wild by Dan Evans

We’re giving away a book each day of Alaska Book Week. To win today’s featured titles, just answer the question below (one entry per person per day) before midnight today. The winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on this site and on Facebook tomorrow. 

Today’s question:  Which Alaska author would you most like to see featured in an interview on national television? Click here to comment.

Yesterday’s winner: Sandi Shaw of Juneau, who wins The Woman Who Walked with a Bear by John Straley, donated by Old Harbor books in Sitka. A selection of books about Alaska that entrants had last read included The Grizzly Maze by Nick Jans, Sitka Man by Al Brookman Sr, and If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name by Heather Lende.


Sitka’s independent bookstore, Old Harbor Books, was established in 1976 by a group of three book-loving local families. Today, the bookstore is just down the street from its original location, and directed by most of the same folk. They specialize in Alaskan books, and carry a big selection of Alaska picture, history, and kids books, while maintaining an eclectic selection of other good reads.

Old Harbor Books will have select Alaska books on sale at 15% for the week of October 5 - 12.

Old Harbor Books has generously donated two titles to the Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Sitka: A home in the Wild by Dan Evans, and The Woman Who Married a Bear by John Straley.

Thank you, Old Harbor Books!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Day Six (October 10): Alaska Book Giveaway!

Featured Bookstore: Old Harbor Books, Sitka
Featured title: The Woman Who Married a Bear by John Straley

We’re giving away a book each day of Alaska Book Week. To win today’s featured titles, just answer the question below (one entry per person per day) before midnight today. The winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on this site and on Facebook tomorrow. 

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

Yesterday’s winner: Kersten Christianson. What were some of the books entrants considered to be Alaska's hidden treasure? "Any and all work by Sheila Nickerson. Her book Disappearance is both eerie and intensely beautiful." "John Haines' The Stars The Snow The Fire. Not many people read it anymore, but it captures some of his best ideas and reminds us why he is our greatest poet (so far)."

Sitka’s independent bookstore, Old Harbor Books, was established in 1976 by a group of three book-loving local families. Today, the bookstore is just down the street from its original location, and directed by most of the same folk. They specialize in Alaskan books, and carry a big selection of Alaska picture, history, and kids books, while maintaining an eclectic selection of other good reads. Visit their website at http://www.oldharborbooks.net.

Old Harbor Books will have select Alaska books on sale at 15%, October 5-12.

Old Harbor Books has generously donated two titles to the Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Sitka: A home in the Wild by Dan Evans, and The Woman Who Married a Bear by John Straley.

Thank you, Old Harbor Books!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Day Five (October 9): Alaska Book Giveaway!

Featured Bookstore: Gulliver's Books, Fairbanks
Featured title: Freebird by Layla Lawlor

We’re giving away a book each day of Alaska Book Week. To win today’s featured title, just answer the question below (one entry per person per day) before midnight today. The winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on this site and on Facebook tomorrow. 

Today’s question:  Which book do you consider Alaska’s hidden treasure?
Click here to comment.

Yesterday's winner: Tim Marshall of Craig is the lucky winner of Panhandle Pilot by Bob Adkins, donated by The Babbling Book in Haines. Some of the books not yet written about Alaska that entrants would love to read include a book about historical figures from the early 1900s in Southeast Alaska, a comprehensive history of mining in Southeast Alaska, and profiles of entrepreneurial young Native Alaskans who have made a difference in their home villages through new startups. Anyone feeling inspired?

Gulliver’s Books is hosting two author events during Alaska Book Week: On Saturday, Oct. 5, 5-7pm, meet Erin McKittrick, author of A Long Trek Home and Small Feet, Big Land. On Saturday, Oct. 12, 12–2pm, children's author Claudia Lively will be signing all three of her books at Gulliver's Books. Enjoy 20% off storewide books October 5-6. Additionally, Gulliver's Books will offer a discount on Alaska Books throughout Alaska Book Week! Visit their website at http://www.shopgulliversbooks.com.

Gulliver’s Books has generously donated Freebird by Layla Lawler to the Alaska Book Week Giveaway. 

Thank you, Gulliver’s Books!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Day Four (October 8): Alaska Book Week Giveaway!

Featured Bookstore: The Babbling Book, Haines
Featured title: Panhandle Pilot by Bob Adkins

We’re giving away a book each day of Alaska Book Week. To win today’s featured title, just answer the question below (one entry per person per day) before midnight today. The winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on this site and on Facebook tomorrow. 

Today’s question:  What book about Alaska not yet written would you like to read? Click here to comment.

Yesterday’s winners of our random drawing: Richard Chamberlain, who would like to see The Raven's Gift made into a movie, won a signed copy of Alaskans Die Young by Susan Hudson Johnson. Arne Bue has already written the screenplay for his novel, The Lid, and is ready for the movie! He wins a copy of the anthology Invisible Ink by Homer authors, edited by Joyce Baker Porter. Thank you to everyone who entered! If you didn't win, we still have several more books to give away. And thanks to the Homer Bookstore for donating yesterday's titles.

The Babbling Book has been a Haines institution for more than two decades. Tom and Liz Heywood, the current owners, bought the store in 1998. This year-round, full-service indie bookstore features an extensive Alaska section as well as a surprisingly robust section dedicated solely to Haines authors. Located in the heart of Main Street, The Babbling Book has new books of all kinds, as well as cards, maps, gifts, and a large array of specialty toys. The bookstore is also an outlet for tickets to local performances and raffles for local nonprofits. Most travelers are surprised to find a full service bookstore in a town the size of Haines and appreciate it not only as place to step in out of the rain, but as a literary oasis where it might be least expected.

During Alaska Book Week 2013, The Babbling Book is offering a 20% discount on Alaska books!

Additionally, they generously donated a signed copy of Panhandle Pilot: Twenty Years of Flying in Southeast Alaska by Bob Adkins to the Alaska Book Week Giveaway. 

Thank you, The Babbling Book!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Great Alaska Book Fair, October 12

Don't miss this chance to meet 40 published Alaskan authors, buy their books, and enjoy author readings throughout the day! To commemorate Alaska Book Week, The Alaska Writers Guild and Alaska Pacific University have collaborated to celebrate Alaska's authors and their books, with support from the Alaska Dispatch and 49 Writers. 

The Great Alaska Book Fair will take place in Anchorage, Saturday, October 12, 10am to 5pm, in the atrium of Carr-Gottstein Hall on the APU campus. The event will is free to the public and highlights include guest speaker Don Rearden (The Raven’s Gift) in APU's Grant Hall Theatre on Friday, October 11, 7:30pm. 

For more information, contact David Onofrychuk at donofrychuk@alaskapacific.edu.

Day Three (October 7): Alaska Book Week Giveaway!

Featured Bookstore: Homer Bookstore
Featured titles: Alaskans Die Young by Susan Hudson Johnson and Invisible Ink by Homer, Alaska authors, edited by Joyce Baker Porte

We’re giving away books each day of Alaska Book Week. To win one of today’s featured titles, just answer the question below (one entry per person per day) before midnight today. The winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on this site and on Facebook tomorrow. 

Today’s question:  Which Alaska book would you most like to see made into a movie? 
Click here to comment.

Yesterday’s winner: Natalie Britton of Iliamna, who recommended On the Edge of Nowhere by James Huntington as the book that most represents "the real Alaska." Her prize is a signed hardback copy of The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, donated by Fireside Books in Palmer. Others suggested Walking My Dog, Jane by Ned Rozell and Shem Pete's Alaska by James Kari. Entrants from the Lower 48 offered The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses by Robert Service, Alaska by James Michener, Coming into the Country by John McPhee, and Two in the Far North by Margaret Murie. Heather Lende's If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name was popular with both Alaska and Outside contestants.
The origin of the Homer Bookstore can be traced back to its sparse beginning when founder Woody Suttles stocked a circular book rack that stood inside the former Quiet Sports. The official bookstore opened in 1974. It is the oldest independent bookstore on the Kenai Peninsula and one of the longest running general bookstores in Alaskan history. In 2009, The Lonely Planet Travel Guide reported what locals already knew: “the Homer Bookstore sells new books to what's obviously a more intellectually demanding market than most. The selection is phenomenal." Homer has long been a hotbed of literary talent and this bookstore celebrates local writers all year long, keeping autographed copies of books by many Homer writers. For a complete list, go here. Visit their website at http://homerbookstore.com.

Additionally, the Homer Bookstore donated two books to the Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Alaskans Die Young by Susan Hudson Johnson and Invisible Ink, an anthology of Homer writers.

Thank you, Homer Bookstore!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Day Two (October 6): Alaska Book Week Giveaway

Featured Bookstore: Fireside Books, Palmer
Featured title: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

We’re giving away a book each day of Alaska Book Week. To win today’s featured title, just answer the question below (one entry per person per day) before midnight today. The winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on this site and on Facebook tomorrow. 

Today’s question:  Which Alaska book do you think best represents "the real Alaska”? 
Click here to comment.

Yesterday’s winners: We kicked off this year's daily giveaway with two titles donated by Parnassus Books in Ketchikan. The lucky entrants are Amy Marshall, who wins Something Fishy This Way Comes, and Pat Garrett, whose prize is Can I Kayak, Daddy? So what were some of the books that contestants would buy with their PFD? One intriguing title that that is definitely PFD-priced is Through Spanish Eyes: The Spanish Voyages to Alaska, 1774-1792 by Wallace M. Olson. Other books included "anything by Lynn Schooler," Jim Sweeney's Marine Life Solidarity Alaska Expedition, and Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende.



In 2001 David Cheezem and Melissa Behnke opened Fireside Books in Palmer. The husband and wife team had dreamed of opening a bookstore together. Melissa's mother Peggy helped grow the small Wasilla library, and she grew up in a family of readers. David completed his Masters in Fine Arts degree in creative writing, and felt that his fellow writers deserved a place where good writing was honored and celebrated. Their plans were realized when they discovered an empty storefront within a stone's throw of Vagabond Blues, their favorite Alaskan coffee-shop. Ever since they have lived by their motto: Make the world give you time to read the books you love.

Fireside Books will be running a 20% discount on Alaska books throughout Alaska Book Week!

You can meet Fireside Books owner David Cheezem at an Alaska Book Week event in Anchorage.  He will join a panel discussion hosted by Alaska Center for the Book at the Anchorage Public Library on October 10.  For more information click here.

Fireside Books generously donated a signed copy of The Snow Child, by 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist Eowyn Ivey, to the Alaska Book Week Giveaway. The author happened to be working at Fireside Books when she was inspired to write this story!

Thank you, Fireside Books!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Day One (October 5): Alaska Book Giveaway!

Featured Bookstore: Parnassus Books, Ketchikan
Featured titles: Something Fishy This Way Comes by Ray Troll; 
Can I Kayak, Daddy? by Joyce Duggan Autrey--both signed by author

We’re giving away books each day of Alaska Book Week. To win one of today’s featured titles, just answer the question below (one entry per person per day) before midnight today. The winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on this site and on Facebook tomorrow. 

Today’s question: If you could only buy one Alaska book (by an Alaskan or about Alaska) with your PFD check, which one would it be? Click here to comment.



Parnassus Books has been Ketchikan’s independent bookstore since 1985. It was formerly located upstairs in the Star Building on Creek Street, the historical red light district of Ketchikan. The “Star”, as it was called in the old days, was formerly a dance hall – with a few rooms upstairs for “extracurricular” activities.

Parnassus has recently moved to a brand new street-level storefront at 105 Stedman and current owner Maggie Freitag has maintained the unique atmosphere for both locals and visitors. Parnassus features a wonderful collection of Alaska literature and she will be running a discount on all books by Alaskan writers for Alaska Book Week. Visit their website at http://ketchikanbooks.com. 

Parnassus Books generously donated today's two titles in the Alaska Book Week Giveaway.

Thank you, Maggie!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Erin Mckittrick author events


During Alaska Book Week, there will be several opportunities to meet Erin Mckittrick, author of Small Feet, Big Land, on her book tour of the state: 

Friday, Oct. 4, 5pm: Talkeetna Roadhouse
Saturday, Oct. 5, 5pm: Gulliver's Books in Fairbanks
Monday, Oct. 7, 6:30 pm: Haines Library
Thursday, Oct. 10: Centennial Hall in Juneau

Erin, author of A Long Trek Home and Small Feet, Big Land, is co-founder and director of Ground Truth Trekking, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating and engaging the public on Alaska's natural resource issues through a combination of wilderness adventure, scientific analysis, and the creation of web resources. She received a MS in Molecular Biology from the University of Washington in 2005, following a BA in biology from Carleton College in 2001. Along with her husband, Hig, Erin has been exploring the Alaskan wilderness for more than a decade, logging over 7,500 miles.

Visit her book page for information about events before and after Alaska Book Week.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Support Alaska Book Week with your book purchases!


If you mention Alaska Book Week or 49 Writers at the register when you purchase a book at the Anchorage Barnes & Noble store during Alaska Book Week (October 5-12), a percentage of your entire sale will go back to 49 Writers to support the annual planning and coordination of this celebration of Alaska's authors and their books.

Thank you to Barnes & Noble for their support of this important event on the Alaska literary calendar!

Spotlight on Homer Bookstore


The origin of the Homer Bookstore can be traced back to its sparse beginning when founder Woody Suttles stocked a circular book rack that stood inside the former Quiet Sports. The official bookstore opened in 1974. It is the oldest independent bookstore on the Kenai Peninsula and one of the longest running general bookstores in Alaskan history. In 2009, The Lonely Planet Travel Guide reported what locals already knew: “the Homer Bookstore sells new books to what's obviously a more intellectually demanding market than most. The selection is phenomenal."

Homer has long been a hotbed of literary talent and this bookstore celebrates local writers all year long, keeping autographed copies of books by many Homer writers. For a complete list, go here.

Additionally, the Homer Bookstore donated two books to the Alaska Book Week Giveaway: Alaskans Die Young by Susan Hudson Johnson and Invisible Ink, an anthology of Homer writers.

Thank you, Homer Bookstore!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Alaska Book Week events in Anchorage

For author events held by the Anchorage Public Library at the Chugiak-Eagle River, Girdwood, Loussac, Mountain View, and Muldoon Libraries, click here.

Alaska Book Week Kick Off!
Friday 4th, 7pm: Alaska Quarterly Review launches fall issue at Tap Root, Anchorage: AQR will kick off Alaska Book Week 2013 with "IPSEITY—Revelations in Words and Pictures," featuring the world premieres of the print publication and short film of Elizabeth Bradfield’s transcendent "Deliquescence: A Meditation in Seven Parts;" Gary Holthaus' “How We Give Ourselves;” Mary Kudenov's “A Man of Fashion;”and the exclusive publication of internationally acclaimed photojournalist Andrea Bruce’s “Afghan Americans.” Signature AQR cocktails --the "Literary Tonic" and the "Literary Gimlet" --will be served, $7 cover at the door.

Sunday 6th, 1-6pm: Alaskan Authors Showcase, Barnes & Noble
Join us for signings, author spotlights, and sneak-peek readings!
  • 1pm—Mary Ann Poll spotlight
  • 1:30pm—Dan Bigley & Debra McKinney sneak-peek 
  • 2pm—Lyle O’Connor 
  • 3pm—Dan Bigley & Debra McKinney 
  • 3:30pm—Don Rearden sneak-peek 
  • 4pm—Sherry Simpson 
  • 5pm—Don Rearden spotlight
If you mention Alaska Book Week or 49 Writers at the register when you purchase a book at the Anchorage Barnes & Noble store during Alaska Book Week (October 5-12), a percentage of your entire sale will go back to 49 Writers to support Alaska Book Week.

Tuesday 8th, 5-7pm: Author event with Jim Lanier at UAA Campus Bookstore, Anchorage: Jim Lanier will present Dog Mushing: Beyond Ophir: Confessions of an Iditarod Musher. Lanier received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis and moved to Alaska in 1967 to serve at the Native Hospital with the US Public Health Service. A pathologist at Providence Hospital for thirty three years, Jim is now retired. He began mushing in 1977 and says he got the bug from Iditarod mushers Ron Gould, Dinah Knight, and Gerry Riley. Jim ran his first Iditarod in 1979.

Tuesday 8th, 7-8pm: Author event with Christine Byl at Barnes & Noble, Anchorage. Christine will be at the store to sign copies of Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods. Don’t miss her while she’s in Anchorage!

Wednesday 9th, 5-7pm, Author event with Alex Hills at UAA Campus Bookstore, Anchorage: Dr. Alex Hills is Distinguished Affiliate Professor at UAA and Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He has volunteered throughout his career, using his professional skills to help others. Now he teaches and encourages a new generation of young professionals to help solve problems of poverty, health and other ills that face the world. Geeks on a Mission is his new book about the awe-inspiring work of his students doing projects in developing nations.

Wednesday 9th, 7-8pm, Eowyn Ivey, Loussac Library, Ann Stevens Room: Pulitzer Prize finalist Eowyn Ivey is the featured speaker at the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting, following a short reception and meeting. The public is invited, you don't have to be a member to attend.

Thursday 10th, 6-9pm: Publishing Workshop with Ali McGraw of Indigo Editing & Publishers, APU, Anchorage: Sponsored by Alaska Writers Guild. The publishing industry is changing, and authors are taking note. Print-on-demand technology, ebooks, and the rise of online bookstores have made self-publishing an alluring process to many. But is it right for you? This workshop is specifically designed to give authors a clear picture of what each publishing path involves and tips for determining which path is best for you and your book. Registration fee: $35 for members of Alaska Writers Guild and 49 Writers; $50 for non-members.

Thursday 10th, 7pm: Author Panel on Alaska Literature, Loussac Library, Innovation Lab, level 4: The Alaska Center for the Book will host a panel discussion about the changing literary Alaskan landscape. How has literature changed over the years? Is there currently a literary renaissance? Panelists are Jeane Breinig, contributing editor to expanded edition of Alaska Native Writers, Storytellers & Orators and assistant professor of English at UAA), Kris Farmen (author of The Devil’s Share and resident of the lower Kenai Peninsula), Mike Dunham (longtime reviewer of Alaska literature and award-winning writer for the Anchorage Daily News), and David Cheezem (owner of Fireside Books in Palmer).

Friday 11th, 7:30pm: Author presentation by Don Rearden, APU Grant Hall Theatre, Anchorage: Don Rearden, author of The Raven’s Gift, kicks off the Great Alaska Book Fair (October 12) with a special presentation sponsored by the Alaska Writers Guild and Alaska Pacific University.

Saturday 12th, 11am-2pm, Barnes & Noble: Children's author and illustrator LaVon Bridges will be reading and signing Alaska Animals We Love You.

Saturday 12th, 2-5pm, Barnes & Noble: Children's author Kim Sherry will be reading and signing Raven's Friends: Alaska Animals Far and Wide.

Alaska Book Week Grand Finale!
Saturday 12th, 10am-5pm: Great Alaska Bookfair, APU Carr-Gottstein Hall Atrium: Meet a variety of Alaskan authors, who will be selling their books and giving short readings throughout the day. Sponsored by the Alaska Writers Guild, Alaska Pacific University, and the Alaska Dispatch.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Calling Alaskan authors: registration for Great Alaska Book Fair ends today!

This is your last chance to participate in the first annual Great Alaska Book Fair, a celebration of Alaska Book Week sponsored by The Alaska Writers Guild, Alaska Pacific University, and the Alaska Dispatch, with support from 49 Writers, organizers of Alaska Book Week. The Book Fair will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12, 10am–5pm, interspersed with author readings, and is free to the public. Half-tables are available for $20; a whole table is $35.

This is a great opportunity to sell your book, meet new readers, greet fans, and read from your work. Set up will take place the evening of Friday, Oct. 11, 5–6pm in the atrium of Carr-Gottstein Hall on the APU campus. There will be an opening reception from 6–7:30pm, then featured speaker Don Rearden will give a talk, 7:30–8:30pm.

Plus! Don't miss editor Ali McCart's author workshop on "The New World of Publishing," Thursday, Oct. 10, 6–9pm, in the Carr Gottstein Building at Alaska Pacific University. Registration is $35 for members of The Alaska Writers Guild and 49 Writers and $50 for non-members.

Click here for more information and to register for the Book Fair and the publishing workshop.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Alaska Book Week at Anchorage Public Library

Don't miss the opportunity to meet some of our popular authors when they participate in Alaska Book Week at various branches. They will be giving their presentations via the OWL system, so if you live elsewhere and want to join in, just contact your local library for more information.

Thursday, October 3, 6-7pm: Images of America: Eagle River by Zane Treesh
Chugiak-Eagle River Library. Local author and librarian Zane Treesh presents images and stories from his pictorial history of Eagle River, published in June by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series. Signing will follow the presentation, and books will be available for purchase. This presentation will also be available via OWL videoconferencing. 

Saturday, October 5, 3pm: Romance by Jackie Ivie at Mountain View Library, 120 Bragaw, Anchorage. Meet author of paranormal and historical romances, Jackie Ivie. She will speak about being a romance writer and give away FREE copies of her newest book, A Knight Well Spent.

Wednesday, October 9, 6:30pm: The Raven’s Gift by Don Rearden at Girdwood Library. Join UAA professor Don Rearden for an Alaska Book Week talk on the magic of books and a reading from his novel The Raven’s Gift. , a chilling tale of what happens in a remote Yup’ik village when a deadly epidemic hits. What will it take to survive? This presentation will also be available via OWL videoconferencing.

Wednesday, October 9, 7pm: Kaylene Johnson and Dick Griffith discuss Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels Of Dick Griffith at Loussac Library, Wilda Marston Theatre, Level 1. Join Kaylene Johnson and Dick Griffith as they talk about collaborating on the the book Canyons and Ice. Griffith, a legendary Alaskan, will share his epic wilderness travels across the American West, Mexico, Alaska and eventually an entire continent, and Johnson will expound on the journey of writing his story. This is a talk for all writers and those who seek adventure!

Thursday October 10, 7pm: The Evolution Of Alaska Literature at Loussac Library Innovation Lab Level 4. The Alaska Center for the Book will host a panel discussion about the changing literary Alaskan landscape. How has literature changed over the years? Is there currently a literary renaissance? 

Saturday, October 12, 1-2pm: The Dominion of Bears by Sherry Simpson at Muldoon Library. Learn about the habits of Alaska’s three bears with author Sherry Simpson as she talks about her upcoming book “Dominion of Bears”. This event will also be available via OWL videoconferencing.


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Spotlight on the Babbling Book, Haines


This year, seven bookstores around the state donated books for our Alaska Book Week daily book giveaway: this is the first in a series of posts that highlight the great work they do for readers and writers! Look for more information soon about this year's book giveaway.

The Babbling Book has been a Haines institution for more than two decades. Tom and Liz Heywood, the current owners, bought the store in 1998. This year-round, full-service indie bookstore features an extensive Alaska section as well as a surprisingly robust section dedicated solely to Haines authors. Located in the heart of Main Street, The Babbling Book has new books of all kinds, as well as cards, maps, gifts, and a large array of specialty toys. The bookstore is also an outlet for tickets to local performances and raffles for local nonprofits. Most travelers are surprised to find a full service bookstore in a town the size of Haines and appreciate it not only as place to step in out of the rain, but as a literary oasis where it might be least expected. 

During Alaska Book Week 2013, the Babbling Book is offering a 20% discount on Alaska books!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Alaska Book Week events around the state

DILLINGHAM

Friday, October 11, 6pm: Local Writer Meet & Greet, Dillingham Public Library
Celebrate Alaska Book Week with Dillingham resident writers Ethel Joanne Nelson, Adam Kane and Amy Eisenburg. The Dillingham public Library will also be showcasing Alaska Books and writers in a week long display.

GIRDWOOD

Wednesday, October 9, 6:30pm: Author event with Don Rearden, Girdwood Library
Join UAA professor Don Rearden for an Alaska Book Week talk on the magic of books and a reading from his novel The Raven’s Gift. , a chilling tale of what happens in a remote Yup’ik village when a deadly epidemic hits. What will it take to survive? This presentation will also be available via OWL videoconferencing.

HAINES

Monday, October 7, 6:30pm, Author event with Erin Mckittrick, Haines Public Library
Erin Mckittrick, author of A Long Trek Home and Small Feet, Big Land, will give a presentation. Erin is co-founder and Director of Ground Truth Trekking, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating and engaging the public on Alaska's natural resource issues through a combination of wilderness adventure, scientific analysis, and the creation of web resources. 

Thursday, October 10, 5pm, Author event with Heather Lende, Haines Public Library
New York Times best-selling author Heather Lende is the author of If you Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name and Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs. Her personal essays and columns have been widely distributed—from NPR and Country Living to the Christian Science 

HEALY

Monday October 7, 7-8:30 pm, Writing Workshop with Christine Byl, Tri Valley Library
Join local author Christine Byl for a free writing workshop 7-8:30 pm. Christine will highlight some of her favorite Alaska authors (many of whose books are available at the library) and lead a craft discussion and exercise on writing about place. Free and open to all levels. Christine Byl's first book, Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods was released in April 2013. Her prose also appears in The Sun, Glimmer Train, Crazyhorse, and other literary journals and anthologies. Byl is a two-time recipient of a Rasmuson Individual Artist Award as well as grants from the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

HOMER

Tuesday, October 8, 6pm: Alaska Read-out! at Homer Public Library
Four Homer authors, Miranda Weiss, Rich Chiappone, Ann Dixon, and Erin Coughlin Hollowell will read from their favorite Alaskan books. The audience is encouraged to share brief excerpts from their own favorite Alaskan books. Light refreshments served. For more information go to the Homer Public Library website: http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/library or call (907) 235-3180.

JUNEAU

Thursday 10th, 5:30pm, Juneau Downtown Public Library

Local author and professor Ernestine Hayes will talk about her upcoming book, Juneau: Images of America, as well as her other published writing that ranges from children's books to poetry to memoir. This event is free and open to all ages. Visit sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Library.

Thursday 10th, 7pm, Centennial Hall, Juneau

Presentation by Erin Mckittrick, author of A Long Trek Home and Small Feet, Big Land. Erin is co-founder and Director of Ground Truth Trekking, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating and engaging the public on Alaska's natural resource issues through a combination of wilderness adventure, scientific analysis, and the creation of web resources.

KODIAK

Saturday, October 5–Saturday, October 12, Kodiak Public Library
Please stop by the Kodiak Public Library anytime during Alaska Book Week to learn more about Alaska’s books and writers and to visit their Alaska Book Week book display


Saturday, October 5–Saturday, October 12, Kodiak College Library
During Alaska Book Week, there will be a special display of Alaskan authors.


Tuesday, October 8, 7pm, Baranov Museum
Alaska Book Week Community Conversation with local authors Larry Vandaele, Sara Loewen, Stacy Studebaker, Leslie Fields, and Suzanne Bobo about their books and the writing process.

Saturday, October 12, 12pm, Kodiak College Library
Live from Muldoon Branch Library in Anchorage via OWL: Sherry Simpson talks about her new book, Dominion of Bears: Living with Wildlife in Alaska.

SEWARD

Wednesday 9, Seward Public Library
Lunch with a Story program will feature Alaskan tales.

Friday 11, Seward Public Library
Storytime will have an Alaska theme, and each family will receive a free copy of Swimmer by Shelley Gill, illustrated by Shannon Cartwright.

In addition, there will be Alaska Book Week displays throughout the library, and they plan to participate in Alaska author programs provided through OWL video-conferencing.

SKAGWAY

Saturday, October 5–Saturday, October 12, Skaguay News Depot & Books
Skaguay News Depot & Books will have a 10% off special on books by Alaska writers all week!

TALKEETNA

Friday, October 4, 5pm, Talkeetna Roadhouse: Erin Mckittrick, author of A Long Trek Home and Small Feet, Big Land, will give a presentation. Erin is co-founder and Director of Ground Truth Trekking, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating and engaging the public on Alaska's natural resource issues through a combination of wilderness adventure, scientific analysis, and the creation of web resources. 

Saturday, October 5, 4pm, Adult Battle of the Books, Talkeetna Public Library
The Talkeetna Public library will proudly display books by Alaskan writers for book week. Additionally, the Friends of Talkeenna Library group will incorporate Alaska Book Week with their Banned Book celebrations, and include Alaska Books in an adult Battle of the Books. This event is open to the public. If you are interested in joining a team, please call the Talkeetna Public Library at 907-733-2359.

UNALASKA

Monday October 7, 6-7 pm: Author event with Cora Holmes, Unalaska Public Library
Local author Cora Holmes will read from and talk about her latest book project, Alaska’s Wild West. Cora Holmes is the author of Time of the Otter, Outside Man, Dear Cora, and Good-bye, Boise . . . Hello, Alaska. This event will be available to other libraries through videoconference.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Alaska Book Week events in Fairbanks

Friday, October 4, 3pm: Christine Byl, author of Dirt Work, will give a craft talk at UAF Campus, Groening 405.

Friday, October 4, 7pm: UAF Midnight Sun Visiting Author Series features Christine Byl and Carolyn Kremers at UAF Woods Center. Christine Byl is the author of Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods.  Byl received her MFA in fiction from the University of Alaska Anchorage; her prose has appeared inGlimmer Train, The Sun, and Crazyhorse, among other journals.  Byl has also received awards from Alaska State Council on the Arts, Rasmuson Foundation, Breadloaf, and Fishtrap. She lives with her husband and an old sled dog north of Denali National Park outside of Healy, Alaska, where she owns and operates a small trail design and construction company. 


Carolyn Kremers writes creative nonfiction and poetry, and is a dedicated teacher and lifelong musician. Her books include Place of the Pretend People: Gifts from a Yup'ik Eskimo Village (memoir), The Alaska Reader: Voices from the North (anthology), and Upriver (poetry). Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies, and her piece, "John Haines and the Dream Place," was named a "Notable" essay in Best American Essays 2012.  Kremers designed and implemented the MFA creative nonfiction program at Eastern Washington University in Spokane and currently teaches part-time at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  She has been artist-in-residence at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Denali National Park and is a founding member of the Alaska artists and scientists group, In a Time of Change. In 2008-09, she was a US Fulbright Scholar at Buryat State University in Ulan Ude, Russia.

Journey on the Wild Coast - 2
Erin Mckittrick
Saturday, October 5, 5-7pm: Erin McKittrick Author of A Long Trek Home and Small Feet, Big Land will be celebrating Alaska Book Week with Gulliver’s Books. Erin is co-founder and Director of Ground Truth Trekking, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating and engaging the public on Alaska's natural resource issues through a combination of wilderness adventure, scientific analysis, and the creation of web resources. Erin received a MS in Molecular Biology from the University of Washington in 2005, following a BA in biology from Carleton College in 2001. Along with her husband, Hig, she's been exploring the Alaskan wilderness for more than a decade, logging over 7,500 miles.

Thursday October 10, 11am–6pm: University of Alaska Press will be hosting a housewarming party in celebration of Alaska Book Week and their recent move. Come and visit the new location in Fairbanks at 1760 Westwood Way (across from the Artisan's Courtyard), and enjoy 25% off all books!

Saturday October 12, 12–2pm: Children's author Claudia Lively will be signing all three of her books at Gulliver's Books.

Saturday October 12, 7pm: Literary Reading Series hosted by Fairbanks Arts Association in the Bear Gallery. Features nine local authors: Sue Ann Bowling, Greg K. Shipman, Kathleen Wallace, Catherine Whitney, Laura Lancaster, Kaiyuh Cornberg, Trilby Cannon, Emma Thomas, and Jim Durkee. For more information, contact Jill Shipman at jill@fairbankarts.org or (907) 456-6485, ext. 222.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The New World of Publishing: ABW workshop with Ali McCart


As a prelude to the Great Alaska Book Fair at Alaska Pacific University (Saturday, October 12), the Alaska Writers Guild and APU are bringing you a workshop, "The New World of Publishing," with Ali McCart of Metlakatla, Executive Editor of Indigo Editing & Publications. The workshop takes place in the Carr-Gottstein Hall (CG 102) at APU, Thursday, October 10, 6-9 pm.
Welcome to APU
The publishing industry is changing, and authors are taking note. Print-on-demand technology, ebooks, and the rise of online bookstores have made self-publishing an alluring process to many. But is it right for you? This workshop is specifically designed to give authors a clear picture of what each publishing path involves and tips for determining which path is best for you and your book. Registration fee is $35 for members of Alaska Writers Guild and 49 Writers, and $50 for non-members. Registration deadline is September 30. Click here to register.

Ali thinks her love for the written word might have something to do with the pungent odor of ink and the methodic sounds from her parents' printing press, which permeated her senses before she even knew how to read. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Willamette University and a master's degree in book publishing from Portland State University. She's written and edited for periodicals in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana and edited for authors and book publishers across the country. Her most recent story is a narrative nonfiction piece published in Hippocampus Magazine. She also spent two years as a bookseller and sometimes still itches to create front-of-store displays. Ali is also the director of the Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing Contest.