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?
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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!