Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Holidays from Alaska Book Week!

Before this year comes to a close, we would like to once again thank all of our sponsors, participants, and community members for making Alaska Book Week a success this year. Thanks to everyone's support, Alaska Book Week was able to expand once again.

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Special Thanks to Our Sponsors: Arctic Cliffhangers, Graphic Arts Books/Alaska Northwest Books, University of Alaska Press, Great Northwest, Inc., The Babbling Book, Epicenter Press, VP&D House, Associated General Contractors of Alaska.

Special Thanks to Our Participants (including those who were part of events during ABW): Glen Klinkhart, Shirley Schneider, Helen Hegener, Steven Levi, Lynn Lovegreen, Shannon Brodie, Linda McMilin, Jody Evans, Bill Quirk, Tricia Turley, Dan Berne, Danielle Devore, Becky Saleeby, Lael Morgan, S.E. Thomas, Katie Baxter, Charlotte Glover, Tiffany Berry, Marilyn Forrester, Andy Hall, Debbie Adamson, Rachel Weaver, Lynne Curry, Tetiana Brooks, Dave Atcheson, Annie Boochever, Angie Zbornik, Veronica Croteau, Jolene Perry, Susanna Mishler, Kris Farmen, Lael Morgan, Rachel Weaver, Seth Kantner, Beth Hill, Ron Spatz, Peggy Shumaker, Dr. Thad Woodard, Carol Sturgulewski, Susan Dererra, Sherry Simpson, Joan Kane, Deb Vanasse, Dave Costello, Doug Vandergraft, Eugene Solovyov, Debbie S. Miller, Bill Richardson, Ron Smith, Ray Bonell, Priscilla Delga, Nicole O'Donnell, Bonnye Matthews, Cil Gregoire, Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan, David G. Brown, Brendan R. Van Valkenburgh, Vared Mares, Donna Mack, Bill Howell, Michael Reidell, Patricia Watts, Tam Linsey, Tetiana Brooks, Pam Flowers, David Jensen, Basil Sands, Warren Troy, Ron Walden, Mary Durham, Alana Terry, Jim Lanier, Brooke Hartman, Evan Swensen, and Julie Stafford.

Special Thanks to Our Community Members: Renee Millner, Kathleen McCoy, Rachel Epstein, Barnes and Noble, University of Alaska, Alaska Quarterly Review, Anchorage Museum, Alaska Writer's Guild, Loussac Library, Cordova Public Library, John Trigg Ester Library, Alaska Arts Association, Parnassus Books, Homer Bookstore, Fireside Books, Old Harbor Books, and Kenai Peninsula College.

Thank You!

We apologize if your name is not on this list. If your name should be on this list, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com, and your name will be included accordingly. 

We would also like to continue advocating on your behalf. If there are events that you are coordinating or participating in related to Alaskan authors and/or books, please contact the coordinator. We would be happy to advertise your involvement on the Alaska Book Week website and Facebook page. Once again, thank you for your support. Please have a happy and safe holiday season!

Happy Holidays!

We hope to see you all next year for Alaska Book Week 2015 (October 3-10)!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday and Saturday Events




We are almost there, folks! In order to our friends of Alaska Book Week better prepared, we have listed the events for Friday and Saturday. We hope to see you all at the Great Alaska Book Fair this Saturday!

FRIDAY OCTOBER 10, 2014

KENAI PENINSULA COLLEGE

Friday, October 10, 7pm, Kenai Peninsula College McLain Commons: Reading and Talk by Don Rearden and Deb Vanasse

BARNES AND NOBLE, ANCHORAGE

Friday, October 10, Barnes and Noble, 6:00-9:00 pm Joe King, Great Alaska Pizza Box Craft Book We apologize for posting this event late. If you notice any event that is missing or out of place, please let the Alaska Book Week coordinator know. 

WASILLA EVENTS

Friday, Oct. 10, 11am-3 pm, Fred Meyer, Wasilla: Author Signing by Bonnye Matthews (Kiti’s Story, 75,000 BC, Manak-na’s Story, 75,000 BC, Zaminmolo’s Story, 35,000 BC) 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 11, 2014

The Great Alaska Book Fair!

Saturday, October 11, 10am-5pm, Loussac Library (Lower Level)--THE GREAT ALASKA BOOK FAIR
The Great Alaska Book Fair caps off this year's Alaska Book Week! Come by and meet your favorite Alaskan authors! A special thanks to Brooke Hartman, the Alaska Writer's Guild, and Loussac Library for organizing this event. This year's participants include:

Carey Cossaboom, Bill Richardson, Lynne Curry, Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan, David G. Brown, Brendan R. Van Valkenburgh, Vered Mares, Donna Mack, Bill Howell, Michael Reidell, Shirley Schneider, Andy Hall, Patricia Watts, Becky Saleeby, Glen Klinkhart, Tam Linsey, Tetiana Brooks, Pam Flowers, David Jensen, Basil Sands, Warren Troy, Ron Walden, Mary Durham, Alana Terry, Jim Lanier, Steven Levi, Evan Swensen, Julie Stafford, and S. E. Thomas
.




FAIRBANKS EVENTS

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2-4pm, Bear Gallery, 3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Road: Fairbanks Arts Association will hold a reception in celebration of Alaska Book Week. Authors and book lovers are invited to attend, discuss books, meet one other authors and readers and enjoy light refreshments.


Saturday, Oct. 11, 8:30-9:45 pm, West Valley High School: Book signing with Ray Troll, following his keynote address for the 2014 Arts in Education Conference, ThINKing about Art, sponsored by the Alaska Art Education Association.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 11 am-6 pm, Fred Meyer, Airport Way, Fairbanks: Book signing Daniel Griffin (Village of the Full Moon Curse, Sky Streak of Terror)

WASILLA EVENTS

Saturday, Oct. 11, 11 am-3 pm, Fred Meyer, Wasilla: Author Signing by Cil Gregoire (Crystalline Aura, Anthya’s Word, Elemental Forces

HOMER EVENTS

Saturday, Oct. 11, 1-3pm, Homer Bookstore will be having a book signing with Seth Kantner to celebrate the release of his new book from University of Alaska Press, Pup and Pokey.

KETCHIKAN EVENTS

Saturday, Oct, 11, 2-4pm, Parnassus Book, Ketchikan: Local author/illustrator signing party to celebrate Alaska Book Week featuring Evon Zerbetz: Lucky Hares and Itchy BearsTen Rowdy Ravens, and others; Biz Robbins: Life Jacket: A Memoir of A Float Camp Teacher; and LaDonna Rose Gunderse: My Tiny Alaskan Oven and others. There will be snacks and door prizes too!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday Events

THURSDAY OCTOBER 9, 2014

BARNES AND NOBLE, ANCHORAGE

Thursday, October 9, 6-9pm, Barnes & Noble, Anchorage: Dave Costello Author Signing. Welcome Dave Costello, Alaskan author and senior editor at Alaska magazine, while he introduces his debut title Flying Off Everest: A Journey from the Summit to the Sea, which takes us on a journey with two friends in April 2011.

ALASKA QUARTERLY REVIEW EVENT: LOUSSAC LIBRARY, ANCHORAGE

Thursday, October 9, 7pm, Wilda Marston Theatre, Loussac Library: Join Alaska Quarterly Review and the Alaska Center for the Book in sharing “The Power of Creativity to Transform a Life.” This launch of the new issue of the AQR magazine features a premiere dramatic reading of “How I Became a Poet”, a story in the new edition by Steven Schurtzman about a young girl whose encounter with a visiting poet in elementary school changes both of their lives.

Following the dramatic reading by talented Anchorage actor Sarah Bethany Baird, Ron Spatz, editor of AQR, will moderate a panel discussion with Dr. Thad Woodard, Anchorage pediatrician and host of KSKA's "Line One Your Health Connection," Carol Sturgulewski, local writer and editor, Susan Dererra, a high school English teacher, and Joan Kane, an award-winning poet, an author of "Hyperboreal". 

 

GULLIVER'S BOOKS, FAIRBANKS

Thursday, Oct. 9, 5:30-7:30pm: Gulliver's Books in Fairbanks will be hosting four local authors for a joint book signing/reading: Ron Smith (How Not To Die Hunting In Alaska), Ray Bonnell (Interior Sketches), Priscilla Delga (Cold Water), and Nicole O’Donnell (Steam Laundry). Each author will have 20-30 minutes to read from their selected book and give a short presentation. Afterwards there will be time for people to get their books signed, enjoy refreshments, and ask questions.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday Events

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8, 2014

ANCHORAGE EVENTS

Wednesday, October 8, 6:00-8:00 pm, Barnes & Noble, Anchorage: Glen Klinkhart Author Signing
Glen Klinkhart's amazingly popular new memoir, Finding Bethany, has been flying off the shelves! In case you missed your chance to get personalized copies during his first signing, this is your chance.

Wednesday, October 8, 7:00 pm, Wilda Marston Theatre, Loussac Library Join author Dave Costello as he shares slides and chronicles two Nepalese Sherpa in an incredible, challenging expedition to climb Mt. Everest, paraglide from its peak and kayak nearly 400 miles to the Indian Ocean.

CORDOVA PUBLIC LIBRARY

Wednesday, Oct. 8: Story Time for Little Ones will feature books by Alaskan author Debbie S. Miller, including her newest book, A King Salmon Journey.

HEARTHSIDE BOOKS, JUNEAU

Wednesday, October 8, 6:00-7:00 pm, Hearthside Books in Juneau
Come down to Hearthside Books to for Doug Vandergraft's book signing and presentation: A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska.

OLD HARBOR BOOKS, SITKA

Wednesday, October 8, 5:00-7:00 pm, Old Harbor Books in Sitka
Local Poet Eugene Solovyov will be reading from his recently published title, "How to Frame a Landscape."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday Events

OCTOBER 7, 2014 EVENTS

UAA BOOKSTORE, ANCHORAGE

TuesdayOctober 7, 11am-12:30pm, UAA Campus Bookstore: Alaska Quarterly Review  and UAA Campus Bookstore present Poet Joan Kane:  Writing Opportunities for Alaska Native Students 
Joan Kane is the featured artist in the current Alaska Quarterly Review Volume 31.  At this event she will read selected poems, discuss Alaska Quarterly Review, and writing opportunities for Alaska Native students.


ORCA BOOK STORE, CORDOVA

Tuesday, Oct. 7: Alaskan author Seth Kantner will visit Cordova: there will be a book signing at Orca Book Store in the afternoon, a potluck with the Cordova Book Club, and a reading at Cordova Public Library. 8 pm.

LOUSSAC LIBRARY, ANCHORAGE

Tuesday, October 7, 7pm, Wilda Marston Theatre, Loussac Library
Meet journalist Andy Hall as he shares slides and recounts the 1967 Wilcox Expedition, one of the greatest climbing accidents ever to occur on the highest peak of North America.  Twelve climbers attempted the ascent--only five survived to return home.



 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Events

MONDAY OCTOBER 5, 2014

UAA BOOKSTORE

Monday, October 6, 1-3pm, UAA Campus Bookstore: Alaska Quarterly Review Showcase
A complete compilation of Alaska Quarterly Review  will  be displayed  for you to peruse and enjoy. From the first issue in Fall 1982 to the current 62nd double edition in 2014.


ANCHORAGE MUSEUM

Monday, October 6, 7pm, Anchorage Museum at Ramuson Center: Would the Real Alaska Please Stand Up?
A 49 Writers Crosscurrents event

Don't miss the opportunity to hear what our panel of unique Alaskan voices has to say about this important topic! Join us for a stimulating conversation that includes audience Q&A. Our thanks go to the Anchorage Museum at Ramuson Center for hosting, and to Mark Weber of the Museum Bookstore for organizing the book sales.


HAINES BOROUGH LIBRARY

Monday, October 6, Haines Borough Public Library, 7:00 pm
The Haines Borough Public Library is hosting a local authors roundtable on Monday, October 6, at 7:00 pm. Joining us is Heather Lende, Bob Adkins, Judy Hall Jacobson, Kathleen Menke, and over Jabber, Daniel Henry and Mark Zeiger who will discuss writing in Alaska!


EVENT UPDATES

Friday, October 10, Barnes and Noble, 6:00-9:00 pm
Joe King, Great Alaska Pizza Box Craft Book
We apologize for posting this event late. If you notice any event that is missing or out of place, please let the Alaska Book Week coordinator know. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Countdown to Alaska Book Week!

Alaska Book Week officially kicks off this Saturday! Please consider this website your one-stop center for all events throughout the state. Events will be re-listed throughout the week so that you have an idea of what's going on each day. For your convenience, we have listed the Saturday (October 4) and Sunday (October 5) events. As you can see, there are a number of book signings, in-store events at Barnes and Noble, and the famous Readers on the Run event in Ester happening this weekend, so please check them out!

We also encourage you to share your event experiences on our Facebook page (click the Like us on Facebook! tab above); feel free to share your impressions and photos as you attend events throughout the week. As always, if you have any questions about Alaska Book Week, please contact the coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com. Best of luck to all of our authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and educators this coming week!

SATURDAY--OCTOBER 4, 2014

AUTHOR SIGNINGS

Daniel Griffin, Oct. 4, 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Carrs/Safeway
30 College Road, Fairbanks, AK 
Village of the Full Moon Curse   
Sky Streak of Terror 

Bill Quirk, Oct. 4, 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Fred Meyer
43843 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, AK 
Bush Pilot Way 

BARNES AND NOBLE, FAIRBANKS

Saturday, October 4, 2:00-4:00 pm, Barnes & Noble, Fairbanks. Author Kris Farmen will be signing his books, including his latest novella in the collection Weathered Edge. Kris Farmen is a surfer, writer, and historian. He was born in Alaska and grew up both in a house in Anchorage and in various wall tents and plywood shacks in the bush. He has lived most of his life in Alaska, except for a two year residence in Adelaide, South Australia. His previous novels are The Devil's Share and Turnagain.




Saturday, October 4, 3:00-5:00 pm, Fireside Books, Palmer
Seth Kantner, Beth Hill, and Deb Vanasse book signing.

Saturday, October 4, 6:00 pm, Turkey Red, Palmer
Dinner with Alaska Authors Seth Kantner, Beth Hill, and Deb Vanasse. Ticketed event, $20 (includes dinner), hosted by Fireside Books.

BARNES AND NOBLE, ANCHORAGE

Saturday, October 4, 4-7pm, Barnes & Noble, Anchorage: Dave Acheson Author Signing. Alaskan author Dave Atcheson introduces his new book Dead Reckoning: Navigating a Life on the Last Frontier, Courting Tragedy on Its High Seas. His other titles include Hidden Alaska.


SUNDAY--OCTOBER 5, 2014

AUTHOR SIGNINGS

Bill Quirk, Oct. 5, 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Carrs/Safeway--Kenai, AK
Bush Pilot Way   

BARNES AND NOBLE, ANCHORAGE

SundayOctober 5, 1-3pm, Barnes & Noble, AnchorageDeb Vanasse and Seth Kantner Author Signing. Alaskan authors Deb Vanasse and Seth Kantner introduce their newest titles Cold Spell and Pup and Pokey. Their other titles include Under Alaska's Midnight Sun, Ordinary Wolves, and many others.

ESTER, ALASKA

Sunday October 5, 2014 at the John Trigg Ester Library (Ester, Alaska)
Readers on the Run


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"This fun 5-kilometer footrace, poetry composition contest, and fundraiser for the John Trigg Ester Library is held every year during Alaska Book Week, on the first or second weekend of October. The race starts and ends at the Ida Lane Clausen Gazebo, opposite the Ester Post Office, looping through west Ester and the Tailings. Contestants are judged on times, poems, and costumes."

For more information, please visit: http://www.triggesterlibrary.org/programs-events/ror/

NEW UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, October 7, 7pm, Wilda Marston Theatre, Loussac Library
Meet journalist Andy Hall as he shares slides and recounts the 1967 Wilcox Expedition, one of the greatest climbing accidents ever to occur on the highest peak of North America.  Twelve climbers attempted the ascent--only five survived to return home.







Wednesday, October 8, 7pm, Wilda Marston Theatre, Loussac Library
Join author Dave Costello as he shares slides and chronicles two Nepalese Sherpa in an incredible, challenging expedition to climb Mt. Everest, paraglide from its peak and kayak nearly 400 miles to the Indian Ocean.

Wednesday, October 8, 6:00-7:00 pm, Hearthside Books in Juneau
Book Signing & Presentation: A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska
Monday, October 6, Haines Borough Public Library, 7:00 pm
The Haines Borough Public Library is hosting a local authors roundtable on Monday, October 6, at 7:00 pm. Joining us is Heather Lende, Bob Adkins, Judy Hall Jacobson, Kathleen Menke, and over Jabber, Daniel Henry and Mark Zeiger who will discuss writing in Alaska!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gov. Parnell's Official Proclamation for Alaska Book Week!

Governor Sean Parnell has officially proclaimed that October 4-11 is Alaska Book Week! Below is the wording of the proclamation, along with a link to it housed in the Governor's Office website.

WHEREAS, Alaska has a large and ever growing community of writers and body of literature; and

WHEREAS, literature about Alaska and her people impart great knowledge to the world about our extraordinary state and preserve our unique heritage; and

WHEREAS, Alaskan authors ignite our imaginations, illustrating the vibrancy and wonderment of Alaska, inspiring readers to experience our state’s rich cultural traditions, history, and magnificent wilderness and landscapes; and

WHEREAS, supporting local writers allows talented and creative professionals to remain in Alaska and strengthens and diversifies our economy; and 

WHEREAS, dramatic changes in publishing and bookselling and the digitalization of media have increased the need to recognize the importance of local writers and the value of Alaskan literature; and

WHEREAS, Alaska Book Week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Alaska’s remarkable storytellers and the many books that expand our horizons, give us the ability to discover new places, visit the past, and bring us joy.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim
October 4-11, 2014 as:

Alaska Book Week

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to celebrate Alaska’s authors and books by participating in statewide events such as book clubs, author readings, storytelling, and library visits; and to mentor and instill in our youth a passion for reading.


Dated: September 30, 2014

Proclamation Link: http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/press-room/full-proclamation.html?pr=6989

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Alaska Hometown and Sitka Events

Hometown Alaska with Kathleen McCoy

Tune into KSKA tomorrow (October 1, 2014) for Hometown Alaska with Kathleen McCoy 2:00-3:00 pm for a talk with Alaskan authors about Alaska Book Week! Sherry Simpson, Joan Kane, and Seth Kantner will be on the air with Kathleen, and you can participate by calling in at 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752  (statewide) during the live broadcast.

Click on following link to view more details. Special thanks to Kathleen McCoy for putting this together for us.


Sitka, Alaska Event

Old Harbor Books, Sitka (Wednesday, October 8), 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Local Poet Eugene Solovyov will be reading from his recently published title, "How to Frame a Landscape."


Monday, September 29, 2014

AQR and West Valley High Events

Alaska Book Week begins this Saturday! We are truly grateful for the amount of participation, sponsorship, and outreach this year. We apologize again in advance if we are not able to coordinate events and authors for everyone.

Alaska Quarterly Review Event [update]


Join Alaska Quarterly Review and the Alaska Center for the Book in sharing “The Power of Creativity to Transform a Life” on Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m. at the Wilda Marston Theatre at the Loussac Library.



This launch of the new issue of the AQR magazine features a premiere dramatic reading of “How I Became a Poet”, a story in the new edition by Steven Schurtzman about a young girl whose encounter with a visiting poet in elementary school changes both of their lives. 

Following the dramatic reading by talented Anchorage actor Sarah Bethany Baird, Ron Spatz, editor of AQR, will moderate a panel discussion with Dr. Thad Woodard, Anchorage pediatrician and host of KSKA's "Line One Your Health Connection," Carol Sturgulewski, local writer and editor, Susan Dererra, a high school English teacher, and Joan Kane, an award-winning poet, an author of "Hyperboreal".

West Valley High School

There will be a book signing with Ray Troll on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 8:30-9:45 am at West Valley High School in Fairbanks. 



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Homer Bookstore, Fairbanks Arts Association, and Author Signings

Saturday Oct. 11, 1:00-3:00 pm--Homer Bookstore
Homer Bookstore will be having a book signing with Seth Kantner at the on Saturday October 11 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to celebrate the release of his new book from University of Alaska Press, Pup & Pokey.

Saturday Oct. 11, 2:00-4:00 pm--Fairbanks Arts Association
Fairbanks Arts Association is holding a reception on October 11 from 2-4 pm for Alaska Book Week. Authors and book lovers are invited to attend, discuss books, meet one other authors and readers and enjoy light refreshments. The event will take place in the Bear Gallery, 3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Rd.


Author Signings

During Alaska Book Week, there will be a number of author signings all over the state. We invite you to drop by and say hello to one close to your community! Thank you to Even Swenson and Publication Consultants for getting this information together.

Ron Walden, Oct. 3, 1:00-6:00 pm
Fred Meyer
43843 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK   
Devil's Heart   
Ice Blue Eyes                    
Blue Sky and Green Grass                    
Poacher's Paradise                  
"Easy Come, Easy Go"                  
Cinch Knot                   
                       
Bonnye Matthews,  Oct. 3, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Fred Meyer
13401 Old Glenn Hwy, Eagle River, AK
"Kiti's Story, 75,000 BC,"  
"Manak-na's Story, 75,000 BC"                   
"Zamimolo's Story, 35,000 BC"                   
                       
Cil Gregoire, Oct. 3,  11:00am-3:00 pm
Carrs/Safeway
595 E Parks Hwy, Wasilla, AK 

Crystalline Aura    
Anthya's World                    
Elemental Forces                   
                       
Daniel Griffin, Oct. 4, 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Carrs/Safeway
30 College Road, Fairbanks, AK 
Village of the Full Moon Curse   
Sky Streak of Terror                   
                       
Bill Quirk, Oct. 4, 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Fred Meyer
43843 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, AK 
Bush Pilot Way 
                      
Bill Quirk, Oct. 5, 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Carrs/Safeway--Kenai, AK
Bush Pilot Way  

Bonnye Matthews, Oct. 6, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Fred Meyer
650 N. Glenn Hwy, Palmer, AK
"Kiti's Story, 75,000 BC"     
"Manak-na's Story, 75,000 BC"                   
"Zamimolo's Story, 35,000 BC"                   
                       
Carey Cossaboom, Oct. 10, 3:00-7:00 pm
Carrs/Safeway
1501 Huffman Rd, Anchorage, AK
Meeting with the Well Known 
                       
Bonnye Matthews, Oct. 10,  11:00 am-3:00 pm
Fred Meyer   
1501 E. Parks Highway, Wasilla, AK   
"Kiti's Story, 75,000 BC"
"Manak-na's Story, 75,000 BC"                   
"Zamimolo's Story, 35,000 BC"                   
                       
Cil Gregoire, Oct. 11, 11:00 am-3:00 pm   
Fred Meyer
1501 E Parks Highway, Wasilla, AK
Crystalline Aura   
Anthya's World                    
Elemental Forces                   
                       
Daniel Griffin, Oct. 11, 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Fred Meyer
3755 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK
Village of the Full Moon Curse 
Sky Streak of Terror                   
                       
Bill Quirk,  Oct. 11, 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Fred Meyer
1000 E. Northern Lghts Blvd. Anchorage, AK
Bush Pilot Way

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Even More Event Updates!

Saturday, October 4, 2:00-4:00 pm, Barnes & Noble, Fairbanks

Author Kris Farmen will be signing his books, including his latest novella in the collection Weathered Edge.

Kris Farmen is a surfer, writer, and historian. He was born in Alaska and grew up both in a house in Anchorage and in various wall tents and plywood shacks in the bush. He has lived most of his life in Alaska, except for a two year residence in Adelaide, South Australia. His previous novels are The Devil's Share and Turnagain.



Saturday, October 4, 3:00-5:00 pm, Fireside Books, Palmer
Seth Kantner, Beth Hill, and Deb Vanasse book signing.

Saturday, October 4, 6:00 pm, Turkey Red, Palmer
Dinner with Alaska Authors Seth Kantner, Beth Hill, and Deb Vanasse. Ticketed event, $20 (includes dinner), hosted by Fireside Books.

Friday October 10, 7:00 pm, Kenai Peninsula College

More Event Updates!

Time for a few quick updates on events for Alaska Book Week! Once again, if you have not had a chance to do so, please share your event with the Alaska Book Week coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com. You can also find a link to this email in the Share Your Event tab above.

Barnes and Noble

Here are is an updated list of events scheduled to take place at Barnes and Noble in Anchorage during Alaska Book Week. We would also like to invite you all once again to participate in Barnes and Noble's promotional event during this week. Simply mention "Alaska Book Week" at the cash register (or use promotional code # 11445905 for online purchases) from October 4-11, and a percentage of anything you buy in the store (books, coffee, you name it) will go to Alaska Book Week. We cannot thank Barnes and Noble enough for this exciting partnership! We also encourage you to check out Barnes and Noble year round for other author events.

Here is the official flyer for the Barnes and Noble promotion: Click here

Sat, Oct. 4th 4:00-7:00 pm 
Dave Atcheson, Dead Reckoning
 
Sun, Oct. 5th 1:00-3:00 pm 
Deb Vanasse & Seth Kantner with Beth Hill, Cold Spell & Pup & Pokey
 
Wed, Oct. 8th 6:00-8:00 pm
Glen Klinkhart, Finding Bethany
 
Thurs, Oct. 9th 6:00-9:00 pm 
Dave Costello, Flying Off Everest

Fri, Oct 10th 6:00-9:00 pm 
Joe King, Great Alaska Pizza Box Craft Book

Sun, Oct. 12th 1:00-4:00 pm 
Archana Mishra, The Fortunate Child

New State Events

Parnassus Books--Ketchikan, AK (October 11, 2:00-4:00 pm)

Parnassus Books is having a local author/illustrator signing party to celebrate Alaska Book Week on Saturday, October 11 from 2-4 pm featuring Evon Zerbetz: "Lucky Hares and Itchy Bears," "Ten Rowdy Raven's," and others; Biz Robbins: "Life Jacket: A Memoir of A Float Camp Teacher"; and LaDonna Rose Gunderse: "My Tiny Alaskan Oven" and others. There will be snacks and door prizes too!

Gulliver's Books--Fairbanks, AK (October 9, 5:30-7:30 pm)

For the 2014 Alaska Book Week, Gulliver's Books will be hosting a joint author event on Thursday, October 9 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. They will be hosting four local Alaskan authors for a joint book signing/reading. The four authors attending are as follows:

Ron Smith, How Not To Die Hunting In Alaska
Ray Bonnell, Interior Sketches
Priscilla Delga, Cold Water
Nicole O’Donnell, Steam Laundry

Each author will have 20-30 minutes to read from their selected book and/or give a small presentation about it. After all authors have presented there will be time for people to get their books signed, enjoy refreshments, and ask questions.


Bookmarks

You may have noticed a new addition to the Alaska Book Week website. If you would like to order ABW bookmarks, please click on the link in the top right.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Great Alaska Book Fair Update and Library Events!

Great Alaska Book Fair

We are excited to announce a tentative list of participants for the Great Alaska Book Fair! This event will cap off Alaska Book Week on Saturday, October 11 this year. A special thanks to Brooke Hartman and her colleagues at Alaska Writer's Guild for coordinating this event! For more information about the Book Fair, please check out http://www.alaskawritersguild.com/event-1725512. The tentative list of participants is as follows:

Mary Durham, Steven Levi, Tam Linsey, Donna Mack, Michael Reidell, Becky Saleeby, Shirley Schneider, Julie Stafford, Alana Terry, Patricia Watts, Tetiana Brooks, Pam Flowers, Andy Howell, Bill Howell, David Jensen, Glen Klinkhart, Jim Lanier, Basil Sands, S.E. Thomas, Warren Troy, Ron Walden.

Cordova Public Library

All week the Cordova Public Library will have a display of books by Alaskan authors.

On Tuesday Oct. 7 Alaskan author Seth Kantner will visit Cordova.  He will have a book signing at Orca Book Store in the afternoon, a potluck with the Cordova Book Club, and a reading at the Cordova Public Library at 8 pm.

On Wednesday Oct. 8 Story Time for Little Ones will feature books by Alaskan author Debbie S. Miller, including her newest book, A King Salmon Journey.

Loussac Library
 
Join Alaska Quarterly Review and the Alaska Center for the Book in sharing “The Power of Creativity to Transform a Life” on Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m. at the Wilda Marston Theatre at the Loussac Library.

This launch of the new issue of the AQR magazine features a premiere dramatic reading of “How I Became a Poet”, a story in the new edition by Steven Schurtzman about a young girl whose encounter with a visiting poet in elementary school changes both of their lives. 

Following the dramatic reading by talented Anchorage actor Sarah Bethany Baird, Ron Spatz, editor of AQR, will moderate a panel discussion with Dr. Thad Woodard, Anchorage pediatrician and host of KSKA's "Line One Your Health Connection," Carol Sturgulewski, local writer and editor, Susan Dererra, a high school English teacher, and Joan Kane, an award-winning poet, an author of "Hyperboreal".

For more information about authors participating in Alaska Book Week, please check out the Author Participation tab. You can also see author selfies and images of their books on our Facebook page (click the Like us on Facebook! tab above). If you have trouble accessing any of the links listed in our spaces, please let us know.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Alaskan Author Selfies!

It's hard to believe that Alaska Book Week is almost here! Author and community outreach have been phenomenal this year, and we can't say thank you enough. We hope to make this year's Alaska Book Week engaging and successful for all of Alaska.

As we continue to update our Author Participation tab, we would like to invite authors to send photos of themselves and/or with their books. You may send them to the Alaska Book Week coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com, or simply post them to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/alaskabookweek (or click the Like Us on Facebook! tab above). This week, we have posted photos from Judy Ferguson and Bill Sherwonit. We encourage you to check our Facebook page to see which authors are posting their selfies; this will also be a good opportunity to see these writers' current projects.

While this website has served as the touchstone for Alaska Book Week participants, please feel free to post updates about your events and interests on the Facebook page as well. Stay tuned in both spaces for more exciting information!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Great Alaska Book Fair and Barnes and Noble Partnership


Great Alaska Book Fair

We are excited to announce that the Great Alaska Book Fair will take place Saturday, October 11 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Loussac Library in the Lower Level. The Great Alaska Book Fair is sponsored by a coalition of Alaska Writer's Guild, the Loussac Library, Alaska Pacific Univeristy, and 49 Writers. All Alaska-based authors are encouraged to sign up at http://www.alaskawritersguild.com/event-1725512. The Book Fair will be followed by a writer guest speaker at 6:00 pm in the Wilda Marston Theater. We will post more information about specific authors and events later on, so please check back in as Alaska Book Week approaches!

Barnes and Noble Promotion

We would also like to invite you to shop at Barnes and Noble during Alaska Book Week to support our statewide celebration. Simply say "Alaska Book Week" at the cash register, and a percentage of your purchase will go to Alaska Book Week. We would like to thank Barnes and Noble for sharing in this exciting partnership with Alaska Book Week! We also encourage you to help us promote Barnes and Noble during Alaska Book Week; here is a preliminary flyer advertising the event:


In addition to their promotion for Alaska Book Week, Barnes and Noble is hosting a variety of Alaskan author events this year.  Here is a short list of events that we invite you to be a part of:

Sat, Oct. 4th 4:00-7:00 pm 
Dave Atcheson, Dead Reckoning
 
Sun, Oct. 5th 1:00-3:00 pm 
Deb Vanasse & Seth Kantner with Beth Hill, Cold Spell & Pup & Pokey
 
Wed, Oct. 8th 6:00-8:00 pm
Glen Klinkhart, Finding Bethany
 
Thurs, Oct. 9th 6:00-9:00 pm 
Dave Costello, Flying Off Everest

Sun, Oct. 12th 1:00-4:00 pm 
Archana Mishra, The Fortunate Child

Alaska Book Week Public Flyer Available

We would also like to invite you to download and share our official public flyer. In addition to the support of authors, librarians, educators, publishers, and booksellers, we encourage members of the public to join us in celebrating Alaska's authors and books. Here is the official public flyer for Alaska Book Week:


As always, thank you for supporting Alaska Book Week. If the information in the downloadable materials does not display properly, please let us know. If you have any questions about upcoming events, or if you would like to participate, please contact the ABW Coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Alaska Book Week Is Approaching-- Join Us!

This year, outreach and sponsorship for Alaska Book Week has been overwhelming. We would like to thank all of the participating authors, educators, librarians, booksellers, and publishers for their outreach and support. We would also like thank all of our sponsors for their donations; a special thanks goes to the Alaska Humanities Forum this week for their generous grant. We are excited for you all to see how your support and donations have made Alaska Book Week expand this year!

Thank You!

Alaska Book Week is now a month away, and as we begin to align our efforts, we would like to extend an invitation once again to Alaska's authors and community members to participate. We already have a number of participants on board, and we would love to have you join as well. Not only is this event an important celebration, it is also a means for authors to get their work out there and communities to gain recognition for their efforts. If you have not done so already, please click on the Alaska Book Week logo (in the sidebar) and fill out a participation form. Your participation may be as minimal or as robust as you like--every bit makes this statewide event a success. Let us know what we can do to help make Alaska Book Week successful for you and your communities!

As always, if you have questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact the Alaska Book Coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com. Please check back here over the next couple of weeks--as we get closer to Alaska Book Week, we will post new information and announcements.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

More Upcoming Events

Alaska Book Week is drawing nearer! First, we are delighted to announce that Babbling Book will be sponsoring Alaska Book Week this year; we would like to thank them for their generous donation. Be sure to check out their website, as well as those of our other sponsors.

We would also like to draw your attention to the Participating Authors tab in the top menu. Although we will be using our participation form and the Alaskan Writer's Directory to align our efforts this year, we have included participating authors' contact information. If you or someone in your community would like to host an event with one of these authors, please feel free to contact them and we will take care of the external advertising.

Here are a few upcoming events for Alaska Book Week. These events are also located in the State Events and Anchorage Events tabs.
STATE EVENTS

Sunday October 5, 2014 at the John Trigg Ester Library (Ester, Alaska)
Readers on the Run

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"This fun 5-kilometer footrace, poetry composition contest, and fundraiser for the John Trigg Ester Library is held every year during Alaska Book Week, on the first or second weekend of October. The race starts and ends at the Ida Lane Clausen Gazebo, opposite the Ester Post Office, looping through west Ester and the Tailings. Contestants are judged on times, poems, and costumes."

For more information, please visit: http://www.triggesterlibrary.org/programs-events/ror/

UAA BOOKSTORE EVENTS
 
Monday, October 6 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
AQR Showcase
A complete compilation of Alaska Quarterly Review  will  be displayed  for you to peruse and enjoy. From the first double issue published in 1982 to the current 62nd double issue in 2014.

Tuesday,, October 7 from 11:00am-12:30pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Alaska Quarterly Review  and UAA Campus Bookstore present Poet Joan Kane:  Writing Opportunities for Alaska Native Students
Joan Kane is the featured artist in the current Alaska Quarterly Review Volume 31.  At this event she will read selected poems, discuss Alaska Quarterly Review, and writing opportunities for Alaska Native students. 

Monday, October 13 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
The Art of Writing and Publishing in Different Genres with Steve Levi, Deb Vanasse, and Martha Amore
Steve Levi (Walrus with a Gold Tooth, and Cowboys of the Sky), Martha Amore (Weathered In, “Geology”) and Deb Vanasse (Cold Spell and Lucy’s Dance) describe their multifaceted  books, writing styles and publishing today. 

Please keep checking back as we post more information about events, authors signings, and presentations for Alaska Book Week!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

49 Writers celebrates ABW with a special Crosscurrents event

Don't miss the opportunity to hear what our panel of unique Alaskan voices has to say about this important topic! Join us for a stimulating conversation that includes audience Q&A. Our thanks go to the Anchorage Museum at Ramuson Center for hosting, and to Mark Weber of the Museum Bookstore for organizing the book sales. This event is free and open to the public.


Founder of Running Fox Books and co-founder of 49 Writers, Deb Vanasse has authored twelve books. Her latest is Cold Spell, a novel about a woman who’s obsessed with a glacier. Deb is currently working on a narrative nonfiction book called Wealth Woman: Kate Carmack and the Last Great Race for Gold. She lives and works on Hiland Mountain outside of Anchorage, and at a cabin near the Matanuska Glacier.

Peggy Shumaker has been chosen as the Rasmuson Foundation's Distinguished Artist for 2014. She has also been selected as the Artsmith Artist of the Year for 2014. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Toucan Nest, Poems of Costa Rica. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is founding editor of Boreal Books, publisher of fine art and literature from Alaska. She edits the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press. Peggy Shumaker was Alaska State Writer Laureate for 2010-2012.

Seth Kantner is a commercial fisherman, wildlife photographer and author of Shopping for Porcupine and the national bestselling novel, Ordinary Wolves. His forthcoming children's book, Pup and Pokey, will be released in fall 2014. Kantner was born and raised in northern Alaska, schooled at home and living off the land, and later attended the University of Montana and received a BA in journalism. His writings and photographs have appeared in the New York Times, Outside, Alaska, Reader's Digest and other magazines and anthologies. He’s a columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, the Arctic Sounder, and Bristol Bay Times. He lives with his wife and daughter in northwest Alaska.

Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. She received a 2009 Whiting Writers’ Award for her first poetry collection, The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife. Her second book, Hyperboreal, was chosen as the winner of the 2012 AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. She has received several fellowships and awards, including a Literature Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (2012) and a Creative Vision Award from United States Artists (2013). She was the Indigenous Writer-in-Residence at the School for Advanced Research in 2014 and is faculty in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the Institute for American Indian Arts. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University's School of the Arts, she lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband and sons.

Beth Hill grew up on the banks of the Kuskokwim river. Her art is inspired by the Alaskan wilderness that surrounds her. She is the illustrator of the children's book Pup and Pokey (author Seth Kantner). Beth is an artist, commercial fisherman and teacher. She lives in the village of Kokhanok located on Lake Iliamna.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sponsoring Alaska Book Week

It has been exciting to see Alaska Book Week expand thanks to the generous financial and in-kind support of its sponsors. This year we are grateful to the many community members who have already provided support, as well as to those who have communicated an interest in donating. If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring Alaska Book Week, we encourage you to look at the official sponsorship flyer, which you can download from the link below:


This year, we are introducing four new sponsorship levels with varying benefits. Our sponsorship levels are inspired by Alaska's great mountains, with Mt. Cook serving as the introductory level and Denali the top level. If you are interested in sponsoring Alaska Book Week, please contact the coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com for more information. We are still in the process of creating an efficient channel for this process, and so we thank you for your patience. You can also find information about last year's and this year's sponsors in the Sponsors tab in the top menu bar.

Thank you for supporting Alaska Book Week!

Alaska Writer's Directory-- Get Listed!

We have received quite a few participation forms from Alaska writers, educators, librarians, and publishers. As we begin aligning efforts for Alaska Book Week, we would like to invite current participants to sign up for the Alaska Writer's Directory. This form will help us to begin matching writers to hosts and events. You can sign up for this directory below:


Alaska Book Week events and information will be developing quickly from this point on; please check here periodically over the next month to find out what's in store. As always, thank you for your support!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Planning Events in Your Community

We invite community members to share their Alaska Book Week event ideas on this website. If you have an idea for an event, or if you would like to share an event that has been successful in your community, we would be happy to publish it for you! To this end, we have created an Event Ideas tab in the bar at the top of this website in order to give communities an idea of how they might participate in Alaska Book Week. Additionally, you can find out what other people have done in 2012 and 2013 by clicking on the Event Archives tab.

If you would like to write an event description for the website, please contact the ABW coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com. The more events we have, the more successful Alaska Book Week will be!

As you might have noticed, there are a few changes taking place on the website. We will post more information as we receive it, and we thank you for your patience. As always, we welcome inquiries and suggestions. Thank you for your support!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Alaska Book Week Flyer

We are happy to announce that the official flyer for Alaska Book Week 2014 is ready! Please feel free to share this document with friends and fellow community members. You can download the PDF file here:


In other news, we would like to thank Arctic Cliffhangers/Alaska Sisters in Crime for their generous donation. A link to their Facebook page can be found in the sidebar of this website. Once again, we would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support this year.



Like Us on Facebook!

Alaska Book Week now has a Facebook page! If you click the link "Like Us On Facebook!" in the top bar of this website, you will be directed to our page. Please like and share Alaska Book Week with everyone!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Welcome to Alaska Book Week 2014!

Greetings!

On behalf of Alaska Center for the Book and 49 Writers, we are delighted to announce that Alaska Book Week will take place October 4-11. This week-long celebration concludes with the Great Alaska Book Fair.

For those of you who are new to this annual celebration, Alaska Book Week was established to promote Alaska's authors and their books. Libraries, booksellers, educators, and schools statewide honor these writers and books with displays, author visits, book club events, press, and more. We encourage communities throughout the state to create their own unique events, and we are happy to promote them on the Alaska Book Week website.

Last year, Alaska Book Week featured exciting events across the state, from Kodiak to Ester, and Seward to Dillingham. These events included the Great Alaska Book Fair organized by the Alaska Writers Guild and APU, a talk by The Raven's Gift author Don Rearden, and opportunities to meet Alaskan author Erin McKittrick, among many others. As we turn to this year's Alaska Book Week, we look forward to continuing and improving upon the traditions that communities statewide have developed. We would like to thank the authors, booksellers, educators, and community members who volunteered their time and resources last year and look forward to your participation this year. Alaska Book Week would not be successful without your support!

We would like to begin by thanking our generous sponsors thus far:

Great Northwest, Inc. is a a general construction company based in Fairbanks, Alaska, specializing in road and airport construction, ice road and oil field support, site development, reclamation, and more.



Alaska Northwest Books®, an imprint of Graphic Arts Books, has been publishing Alaska authors and books about Alaska since 1959.

We invite you to contact us with questions or ideas regarding Alaska Book Week. For more information, please contact Jathan Day, Alaska Book Week Coordinator, at akbookweek@gmail.com. We encourage you to check back here for updates about Alaska Book Week throughout the summer. You can also sign up to receive new posts in your inbox by providing your email address (see top of sidebar).