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.

Monday, September 16, 2013

AQR kicks off Alaska Book Week in Anchorage with launch of fall/winter issue

Alaska Quarterly Review invites you to experience and celebrate an evening of "IPSEITY —Revelations in Words and Pictures" on Friday, October 4, 7pm, hosted by TapRoot in Spenard. This First Friday book launch of AQR's fall and winter 2013 edition will begin with signature AQR cocktails --the "Literary Tonic" and the "Literary Gimlet," $7 cover at the door.

IPSEITY features 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.”


Alaska Quarterly Review is Alaska’s very own world-class frontline literary arts crucible. Be a part of it! Come out and support AQR as they enter their 31st year of publication. Sponsored by TapRoot and co-sponsored by Truli Peak Vodka.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

UA Press celebrates Alaska Book Week and recent move


Alaska Book Week sponsor University of Alaska Press will mark the event with a celebration of their own: a housewarming party in honor of their recent move to a new home. They invite you to join them on Thursday, October 10, 11am-6pm, at 1760 Westwood Way in Fairbanks (across from the Artisan's Courtyard). All books will be 25 percent off! For more information, call (907) 474-5832.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Tri Valley Library hosts Christine Byl workshop in Healy


In celebration of Alaska Book Week, please join local author Christine Byl for a free writing workshop, October 7, 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.

Great Alaska Book Fair registration deadline extended

We hear from the Alaska Writers Guild and Alaska Pacific University that more than 20 authors have signed up for this new Alaska Book Week event - many from Southcentral Alaska (Anchorage, Chugiak, Eagle River, and Palmer) but some from as far away as Anchor Point and Unalaska!

To allow more published writers the opportunity to participate, the registration deadline has been extended to Monday, September 30. Don't miss this chance to sell your book(s), meet new readers and greet fans, and read from your work.

You can sign up for a half-table ($20) or a whole table ($35). Click here to register. Set up will take place the evening of Friday, October 11, 5-6pm. There will be an opening reception from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, then featured speaker Don Rearden will give a talk from 7:30-8:30 pm

Alaska Book Week bookmarks are on their way!


Be sure to place your order now so that we can ship them on to you in time for your event! To order, just click here.