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.

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