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”? 
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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!

1 comment:

  1. Many Alaskan books represent the "real Alaska" but one I've read recently is Don Rearden's The Raven's Gift. I know that's an odd answer, but the part of the book that describes a new teacher's experience in an Alaskan village rang true for me. That's what it's like out there.