Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Thank You!

Though it has been a couple of weeks since Alaska Book Week ended, and though we have been sending thank-yous all over the state, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made Alaska Book Week a success this year! We have expanded on our events and outreach thanks to the dedication of authors, booksellers, publishers, librarians, teachers, sponsors, and other community members.


Once again, we would like to thank our sponsors for their financial and in-kind donations. It bears repeating that without their generous support, Alaska Book Week would not have been a success.

Alaska Northwest Books/Graphic Arts Books, University of Alaska Press, Shorefast Editions, Epicenter Press, UAA, UAA Bookstore, Vered Publishing and Design, Custom Mousepad, Arctic Cliffhangers, Alaska Center for the Book, 49 Writers, Alaska Quarterly Review, Anchorage Public Library, Alaska State Library, The Mall at Sears, Publication Consultants.

Participants and Venues

We would also like to thank all of the participants and venues that were involved with the events during Alaska Book Week. Please note that this list will be updated as we receive more information about specific event participation.

Owen Thomas, Arcana Mishra, Rod Weagant, Susan Lindsey, Skaguay News Depot, Helen Hegener, Martin Buser, Lauren Bill, Katie Manglesdorf, Tricia Brown, Nancy Gates, Alice Hanscam, Bill Sherwonit, Eowyn Ivey, Rosemary McGuire, Don Rearden, Vered Mares, Heather Lehe, Onesimus, Jeremy Pataky, Fairbanks Arts Association, Molly McDermott, Boys and Girls Club, Muldoon Library,  Bill Howell, Soldotna Public Libary, Katchemak Bay Campus, Jen Funk Weber, Dick Griffith, UAA/APU Consortium Library, Kaylene Johnson, Barnes and Noble, Michael Rocereta, Fireside Books, Mountain View Library, Frank Soos, Justin Herrmann, Deb Vanasse, Anchorage Museum, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Katherine Ringsmuth, Daivd Kunkel, Cherie B. Stihler, Ernestine Hayes, Aleria Jensen, Joan Kane, Ron Spatz, Jonas Lamb, Heather Lende, Christine Byl, Joe King, Lynn Lovegreen, Debbie S. Miller, Cindi Lou Aillaud, Adrianne Strickland, Marc Cameron, Evan Swensen, Loussac Library, Jess Lederman, Judita Vaiciunaite, Svaja Worthington, Leslie Fried, Chuck Sassara, Renee Millner, Rachel Epstein.

A special thanks to all of the authors who set up shop at the Great Alaska Book Fair! We hope that your day was a success!

We would also like to congratulate the winners and participants of our state writing contests this year! Let's continue to support this great talent in the next year.

We sincerely apologize if we forgot to mention someone. If your name or organization is not mentioned here, or if there is a mistake, please contact the coordinator at We will make changes accordingly.

Thank You!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Saturday, October 10

We have reached the last day of Alaska Book Week. Thank you to all of our authors, booksellers, publishers, teachers, librarians, sponsors, and other community members who have made this week a success. Here are the events for Saturday, October 10:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Friday, October 9

We are nearing the end of Alaska Book Week! Thank you to everyone who has been coming out to support local Alaskan authors and their books. Speaking of local Alaskan authors, here are a few more flash interviews courtesy of Jen Funk Weber:

Weber is also still accepting entries for her puzzle contest, the winners of which will be announced on Saturday. Show your support for Weber's work by participating! Here are the events for Friday, October 9:

We also want to remind everyone that our culminating event, "Read Local: A Celebration" will take place this Saturday at 7:00 pm! In Anchorage, the event will take place at the Consortium Library (LIB 307), and in Juneau, it will take place at Coppa. Please join us as we end Alaska Book Week and celebrate some accomplished writers!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

UPDATE: Thursday, October 8

UPDATE: We sincerely apologize for the mix-up in the scheduling on this website and on Facebook. We posted the wrong day of events yesterday, which should have been posted for today. Thank you to everyone who attended events for Tricia Brown, Nancy Gates, Alice Hanscam, and Chuck Sassara.

Good morning, friends! Thank you all for taking time out of your week to support your local Alaskan authors and books. Jen Funk Weber still has her puzzle contest going, and she also has a couple more author interviews with Lynn Lovegreen and Debbie S. Miller. You can check them out here:

Here is a list of events for Wednesday, October 7:

Monday, October 5, 2015

Tuesday, October 6

Thank you so much to the people who showed up to the 49 Writers Crosscurrents event on Sunday evening. Approximately 30 people attended! Let's keep the ball rolling with the events for Tuesday, October 6:

Come down to Fireside Books for a discussion on food and books! Join Laura Sampson and a panel of food writers as they discuss cookbooks. The event takes place at 11:00 am.

In other news, Juneau will also be putting on an event for the Read Local celebration on October 10! If you are in the Juneau area, please join us as we celebrate great Alaskan writing.

Monday, October 5

Good morning! Please check out the following interviews Jen Funk Weber did for Alaska Book Week. Jen's interview for yesterday (Sunday) was Deb Vanasse and her interview for today is Cherie B. Stihler!

Here are the events for Monday, October 5:

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Saturday, October 3

Alaska Book Week has officially kicked off! Please check back here every day during Alaska Book Week to see what events are happening throughout the state. For a full list of events, please click here:

Here are the events for Saturday, October 3:

For more information about Jen Funk Weber's puzzle contest, please visit the following link:

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday, October 2

Tonight is the eve of Alaska Book Week! We would like thank all of the authors, community members, and sponsors for making this yearly celebration possible. Starting tonight, there will be events all over the state, and we invite you all to get out there and support your local authors, bookstores, libraries, and schools! Also, please feel free to share photos and blurbs of your experiences with the ABW Coordinator at Here are the events listed for Friday, October 2:

Event Details
Friday, October 2
5:30 p.m.
Owen Thomas, Arcana Mishra
Artique, Ltd. (Anchorage): The book signings by Owen Thomas ("The Lion Trees" and "Signs of Passing") and Archana Mishra ("The Fortunate Child") will be on First Friday (October 2), starting at 5:30. The book signing event will be in conjunction with an art exhibit featuring Rod Weagant and Susan Lindsey.

Note: If any of these or future events are incorrect, please notify the Coordinator immediately. Thank you for your support!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tentative Event List

Note About Great Alaska Book Fair

Alaska Book Week is almost upon us! While we are getting things set up, we have been apprised of the fact the Great Alaska Book Fair has been incorrectly dated in a couple of local news sources. Most recently, announcements were created with a date of October 3.

Please note that the Great Alaska Book Fair will take place on October 10, 10:00-6:00. We apologize for any inconvenience this mix-up has caused, and we thank you all for your support!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Event Update #4: Author Updates

We are nearing the end of event updates. We will provide a document that lists all daily events in the next couple of days, so please check back soon. There is only a week left!

Tricia Brown

  • Sat., Oct. 3, 10:30-12:30 p.m.: Booksigning at Anchorage Museum Gift Shop.
  • Wed., Oct. 7, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.: Booksigning adult nonfiction The Alaska Homesteaders Handbook with co-author Nancy Gates at Fireside Books in Palmer. Also I'll be signing Charlie and the Blanket Toss as well as any other Tricia Brown books they have in stock. Shoppers are invited to bring in copies of my books from their home library, and I'd be happy to sign and personalize them. 
  • Sat., Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: The Great Alaska Book Fair at the Mall at Sears. I'll have a table there with a variety of my books for adults and children. 7-9 p.m.: As part of the Alaska Book Week fundraiser, I've donated a half-day school or library author visit. PTOs or individuals may bid on this unique silent auction item on behalf of their favorite student(s).

Leigh Newman and Alderworks Alaska Writers

For Alaska Book Week, the new Alderworks Alaska Writers and Artists Retreat in Dyea has launched its website: The application period for Summer 2016 residencies will begin November 15. Leigh Newman was a guest writer invited to test out the cabins in August. Here is a video of her reading from a cabin porch for Alaska Book Week:

Friday, September 18, 2015

Event Update #3: Anchorage and Palmer

Alaska Book Week is nearly here! Our event list is getting bigger as the days go by. Thank you to everyone for reaching out and sharing events for this website! We still a few more events to announce, so please check back here over the next few days.


Saturday, October 10 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Lithuanian Poet Judita Vaiciunaite, with Svaja Worthington and Leslie Fried 

The art, life, and times  of Lithuanaian Poet Judita Vaiciunaite (1937-2001) with  be highlighted at this event with Svaja Worthington and  Leslie Fried. 

Leslie Fried is the curator of the Alaska Jewish Museum in Anchorage.  She received a BA in Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Oregon and holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University  of Washington.  Also a poet, many of her poems have appeared in Cirque Literary Journal.

Svaja Vansauskas Worthington was just 18 months old when her family fled Lithuania to escape the devastation caused by World War II. For the past 40 years, she has called Alaska home. In 2013, she was named the Honorary Consul from the State of Alaska to the Republic of Lithuania.  Although retired, Svaja occasionally teaches one English class at UAA Anchorage’s Chugiak-Eagle River campus.  Her translations of  2 poems by Judita Vaiciunaite appear in Cirque Literary Journal Vol. 6, no. 2.


Muldoon Library and Barnes and Noble are hosting events for A is for Alaska! Join the Anchorage community in celebrating a unique book authored by children. More details for these events will follow, but here is the tentative schedule:
  • Muldoon Library: Saturday, October 3, 4 pm.
  • Barnes and Noble: Friday, October 9, 5 pm.


Fireside books is hosting a number of authors throughout Alaska Book Week, including signings, panels, and dinners. Here is their schedule:

Saturday, Oct 3: Alaska's State Sport: Mushing
  • Helen Hegener 1 pm
  • Martin Buser 4pm; 6 pm author-dinner
Monday, October 5: Alaska History
  • Laurel Bill, 11 am
  • Katie Mangelsdorf, 2 pm
Tuesday, October 6: Alaska Cooks!
  • Panel of Food Bloggers, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, October 7: Alaska's Kids!
  • Tricia Brown/Nancy Gates, 11 AM
  • Alice Hanscam, 1 pm
Thursday, October 8: Alaska's Nature Tales
  • Bill Sherwonit, 1 pm
Friday, October 9 : Alaska in Fiction
  • Eowyn Ivey, 12 pm
  • Rosemary McGuire, 3:30 pm
Saturday, October 10: Colony Kids, Alaska Spirit
  • Heather Lehe,  10:30 am
  • Jess Lederman (Onesimus), 3 pm


Helen Hegener: Here is a blurb from Helen Hegener's website. For more information, please visit

"Northern Light Media will be participating inAlaska Book Week again this year, with a book-signing at our favorite bookstore, Fireside Booksin Palmer, on Saturday, October 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm! We’ll be focusing on our mushing books, including Along Alaskan Trails, The First Iditarod, The All Alaska Sweepstakes, The Yukon Quest Trail and others, but we will also have our Matanuska series available, including The Beautiful Matanuska Valley, The 1935 Matanuska Colony Project and the companion book of photos, and The Matanuska Colony Barns. Come visit us, and be sure to check out some of the other wonderful events happening during the 2015 Alaska Book Week!"

Bill Howell: Bill Howell will be doing a reading/signing on October 3vat the Soldotna Public Library and a presentation for the KPC Showcase at Kenai a Peninsula College on October 8. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Event Update #2: Barnes and Noble, Homer, and the Great Alaska Book Fair

Our event list is finally coming together! We are still putting the finishing touches a couple of events, but we will let everyone know as soon as they are finished. Here are some more events scheduled for Alaska Book Week:

The Great Alaska Book Fair

October 10, 10 am - 6 pm, Anchorage Sears Mall

Alaska Book Week is delighted to announce that Publication Consultants will be hosting this year’s Great Alaska Book Fair. If you are an Alaskan author and would like to sell your books and meet with fans and members of the community, we invite you to sign up! This year, the Great Alaska Book Fair will take place in the Anchorage Sears Mall and will coincide with their PFD Sidewalk Sale.

If you are interested in being a part of the Great Alaska Book Fair, please contact Mr. Evan Swenson at to make arrangements. Alaska Book Week would like to express gratitude to Publication Consultants for coordinating this year’s Book Fair. We would also like to thank the Sears Mall for donating space for this event. Please check for more updates regarding the Great Alaska Book Fair. Marketing materials will follow soon, so please check back.

Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble is pleased to announce its tentative schedule for author events during Alaska Book Week. Please check back here for more updates as we receive them.
  • Sat 10/3, 1-4pm - Michael Rocereta, Letters From the Globemaster Families
  • Sun 10/4, 1-4pm - Tricia Brown & Nancy Gates, Charlie and the Blanket Toss and Alaska's Homesteader's Handbook
  • Mon 10/5, 6-8pm - David Kunkel, Locked Up Abroad
  • Wed 10/7, 6-8pm - Chuck Sassara, Chuck Sassara's Alaska: Propellers, Politics and People
  • Thurs 10/8, 6-8pm - Heather Lende, Find the Good
  • Fri 10/9, 5-7pm - A is For Alaska, signed by Kids for Kids w/ The Boys & Girls Club
  • Fri 10/9, TBD - Joe King, Great Alaska Animals Pizza Box Craft Book
  • Sat 10/10, 12-1:30pm - Deb Vanasse, Cold Spell

During Alaska Book Week, the Friends of the Homer Public Library is excited to be hosting a reading celebrating Rosemary McGuire’s new book, The Creatures At the Absolute Bottom of the Sea. Rich Chiappone and Eva Saulitis will also be reading from their books.  The event is October 8, at the Homer Public Library, 6 pm.

Other Author Events

Jen Funk Weber: "As a solo project, I will post a puzzle on October 3rd and ask that answers be sent via email. I'll post articles throughout the week on the benefits of puzzles and how they contribute to literacy. On October 10th I'll select and announce a winner of the puzzle contest." For more information, please visit

Owen Thomas and Archana Mishra: Artique Ltd. is located at 314 G St. The book signings by Owen Thomas ("The Lion Trees" and "Signs of Passing") and Archana Mishra ("The Fortunate Child") will be on First Friday (October 2), starting at 5:30. The book signing event will be in conjunction with an art exhibit featuring Rod Weagant and Susan Lindsey.

Tricia Brown: Author Tricia Brown will be at different events throughout the week. Please visit for more information.
  • Sat., Oct. 3, 1:30 pm: Reading/presentation at Mountain View Library, 120 Bragaw. I'll be reading The Itchy Little Musk Oxand Charlie and the Blanket Toss. "Charlie" was recently selected for the Alaska 2nd-graders to read for the Alaska Battle of the Books.
  • Sun., Oct. 4, 1-4 pm: Signing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Midtown Anchorage
  • Sat., Oct. 10, 10-1 pm and 2:30-6 pm: Book Fair at the Sears Mall; 1:30 pm: Storytime at Loussac Library
Please check back here over the next couple of weeks for updates and changes for Alaska Book Week events. We would also like to announce that we have bookmarks available for order. The coordinator and the Alaska Book Week committee will be delivering bookmarks in the Anchorage area; if you are outside of Anchorage and would like some bookmarks, please let the coordinator know so we can get the order filled and shipped. We apologize for the lateness this year and will endeavor to get as many bookmarks out as possible. Thank you for your support!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Event Update #1: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Skagway, and Homer

It has been a slow-going process, but we are delighted to inform you all of some of the events that will be taking place during Alaska Book Week! If you have any questions about the particulars of the events or promotions listed here, we encourage you to contact these venues directly. For all other questions related to Alaska Book Week, please contact the coordinator at Please join our celebration this year!

Please note that the following list represents a tentative offering; the details contained in each event are subject to change. Please check back here as we continue to update this event list. You can also find these events in Anchorage Events and Events Around the State.


Saturday, October 3 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Time to Walk:  The Extraordinary Life of Explorer Dick Griffith

According to Jon Krakauer, “Griffith is simply afflicted with an irresistible inclination to attempt what others say can’t be done. When asked what possesses a man to repeatedly strike out alone across hundreds of miles of rugged, lonely country, he replies, Every so often, it’s just time to walk.”  For over six decades, Dick Griffith journeyed across Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and the American West .  At this event, he shares stories and photos of his  journeys and his exploration and mapping of canyons and creeks in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1952. 

Joining Dick Griffith is Kaylene Johnson,  author of  five books including Canyons and Ice, the Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith, and  A Tender Distance: Adventures Raising My Son in Alaska. 
This even is held in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and Alaska Books Week.
Monday, October 5 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Historian and Author  Katherine  Ringsmuth’s new book  Alaska's  Skyboys:  Cowboy Pilots and the Myth of the Last Frontier

In the book, Alaska's Skyboys:  Cowboy Pilots and the Myth of the Last Frontier, historian Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth--through personal stories, industry publications, and news accounts--uncovers the ways that Alaska's aviation growth was downplayed in order to perpetuate the myth of the cowboy spirit and the desire to tame what many considered to be the last frontier.

Katherine Ringsmuth teaches American and Alaskan History in the UAA History Dept.,  serves on the Board of  Directors for the Cook Inlet Historical Society, acted as Alaska Curator, Anchorage Museum, and published numerous books as historian for the National Park Service.

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public.  Due to construction, UAA Campus Bookstore events will be  held at the UAA/APU Consortium Library with free parking in the Library Lot, Library NE Lot and the East Garage.    For more information call  Rachel at 786-4782 or email  Note:  UAA Campus Bookstore podcasts are posted in iTunes or iTunes U--just search UAA or UAA Campus Bookstore.  Or see

Saturday, October 3: In celebration of Alaska Book Week, the Fairbanks Arts Association will host a Literary Reading & Concert with poet Jeremy Pataky and cellist Molly McDermott at 7pm in the Bear Gallery in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts at Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way. This event is free and open to the public.


ASK MRS. MURDER with Marcy McDanel
October 3 from 1-4pm (3 hours)
Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)
Price: $45 members/ $55 non-members. Registration at

Want to write a good murder mystery, legal thriller, or are you curious about crime fiction? Don’t look like an amateur – ask Mrs. Murder!

Criminal defense attorney and ADN legal columnist Marcelle McDannel will provide you with an insider’s look into the mechanics of murder investigations and criminal cases. The course will include an overview of trends in the investigation and courtroom presentation of murder cases, and recent developments in forensic science and crime scene reconstruction.  Using real-life case examples, Marcelle will discuss common investigative errors and how they can be converted into plot twists, along with a discussion of where reality typically diverts from fiction. Participants will be encouraged to generate new ideas for their work, asks questions about works-in-progress, or fact-check published work.

Let’s talk murder!

The Future of Fiction - Crosscurrents Event on Sunday, October 4 at 7pm at the Anchorage Museum

Join us for a conversation with Frank Soos, Justin Herrmann, Eowyn Ivey, and Deb Vanasse about the Future of Fiction. 

These are the opening words of a review by Tom Perrotta in the 5/10/15 NY Times Book Review:

In recent years a number of talented novelists have experienced a sudden and alarming loss of faith in their chosen literary form.  David Shields thinks most novels are boring and disconnected from reality.  Nicole Krauss is “sick of plot and characters and scenes and climax and resolution.”  Rachel Cusk has decided that conventional fiction is “fake and embarrassing.”  Karl Ove Knausgaard goes even further, dismissing the entire enterprise:  “Fictional writing has no value.”

I think most of us who write fiction would have something to say about these ideas.  What, for example, is the value of fiction, have the conventions of fiction worn themselves out?  Is nonfiction simply more honest and accurate and a better form for this time? 


Skagway is doing 15% off titles by Alaskan authors during Alaska Book Week at Skaguay News Depot & Books.


13 Ways of Looking: Writing Deeply In Place with Christine Byl -
Cosponsored by 49 Writers and Kachemak Bay Campus
October 9 from 1-4pm (3 hours)
Location: Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer
Price: Free for 49 Writers members/ $55 non-members (membership and registration at

Wallace Stevens' famous "Blackbird" poem uses fragment, perspective, repetition and clean, spare language to great effect. These qualities are equally relevant when writing about place. In a 3 hour class, we will dig deeply into the idea that knowing a place requires looking from many angles. Humor, haiku and history will all make appearances as we read and write together.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Participation Page

Hello Friends of Alaska Book Week!

We are pleased to announce that our Participation (see right sidebar) page is now live on the Alaska Book Week website. The purpose of this page is to better help connect Alaska authors, community members, and venues. This page will be updated periodically as we get more contacts and interested parties, so please check back often. Please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at if you or your venue would like to be included on this page.

If you have not already done so, please fill out the Participation Form (via the Alaska Book Week logo) to be a part of our celebration. We cannot be successful without the support of Alaska's authors and community members like you. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator.

In other news, we have officially launched our YouTube campaign on Facebook! Please enjoy our first promotional video below. We hope to hear from you all soon! Thank you!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Alaska Book Week: You're Invited!

Summer is passing by fast, which means that Alaska Book Week will soon be upon us! We would like to invite everyone to sign up for Alaska Book Week by clicking the participation form (via the ABW logo) on the right side of this website. Once you submit your form, the coordinator will be in contact with you soon. We would also like to ask for participants' permission (particularly those who are looking for events to be involved in) to include their information on our website. This year, we are making more of an effort to create lists of Alaskan authors and possible venues so that we can expand on our yearly celebration--and provide more representation for authors and their wonderful books!

If you are an Alaskan author looking for an event to attend--either in a major Alaskan community or one in your area--please tell the coordinator what you would like to do. If you are a community member (librarian, teacher, bookseller, or other) and would like to put on an event for one or more Alaskan authors, please indicate that when you fill out the participation form. We are going to build a participation page into this website so that the participants and community members can see which Alaskan authors and what venues are available. We would love to add your facility to this list; please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator for more information. The Alaska Book Week committee is also putting together a few events in the Anchorage community during that week, and we would like to hear from other communities if they are putting on events of their own. Please check back over the next week to see the progress of this participation form!

We would also like to remind Alaska Book Week participants that we are incorporating a YouTube campaign into our yearly celebration. A promotional video will be going up on this website and on our Facebook page soon, so please check back often. We already have a couple of participants lined up for interviews, but we would love to have more people on board! Authors may also send the ABW coordinator videos (or links of videos) of themselves reading passages from book they have written. Your video contribution will stay on the Alaska Book Week website and be enjoyed for many years to come. If you would like to sign up for Alaska Book Week and would like to be a part of the YouTube campaign, please let the coordinator know on the participation form. 

We encourage everyone to sign up for Alaska Book Week. Our yearly celebration cannot be successful without the support of our wonderful authors and community members. We are truly grateful for the connections that we build through Alaska Book Week. Thank you all for your support!

For questions or comments, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sponsorship Update #4: Epicenter Press

Alaska Book Week would like to thank Epicenter Press for their generous donation! Epicenter Press is a founding sponsor for our yearly celebration, and we are extremely grateful for their continued support.

"Epicenter Press, founded in Alaska in 1988, has published more than 175 titles covering a broad range of nonfiction touching on history, memoirs and biographies, adventure, aviation, humor, true crime, mystery and the unexplained, sled dog mushing, women's stories, Native American culture, and more. A regional press, we seek both the traditional and innovative high-quality trade books, e-books and occasional color gift books. We also have an arm called Aftershocks to assist independent publishers-businesses, non-profits, and individual authors-who wish to publish and market professional books. Learn more at"

As we gearing up for Alaska Book Week over the summer, we encourage you all to fill out the participation form (the link is located on the right side via the Alaska Book Week logo). If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the coordinator at

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sponsorship Update #3: Shorefast Editions

What an outstanding spring we are having here in Alaska! Although Alaska Book Week is not for some time, we are still receiving generous donations from community members all over the state. We would like to thank Shorefast Editions for their very generous donation. Thank you!

Shorefast Editions is the culmination of a joint dream of Katrina Woolford Pearson and Colleen Mondor to share the literature of the Last Frontier with readers eager to hold in their hands books of beautiful design while discovering all that Alaska has to offer. Shorefast Editions are edited and designed in Alaska, with cover illustrations by Alaskan artists. Learn more at

We are also delighted to report that we have received our first participation forms for Alaska Book Week! Feel free to sign up at any time by clicking on the Alaska Book Week logo in the right tab. Once we receive your form, we will communicate with you. Our committee is planning some exciting things for this year's celebration, so please check back here and on our Facebook page throughout the summer.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sponsorship Update #2: Arctic Cliffhangers and UA Press

As always, Alaska Book Week is grateful the financial and in-kind donations from community members all over the state! Without this support, Alaska Book Week would not be as successful as it has been these past few years. We are excited to announce that Arctic Cliffhangers and UA Press will be sponsoring Alaska Book Week again this year. Thank you!

IN ($250-499)

Arctic Cliffhangers is the Alaska Chapter of Sisters in Crime, an international organization with 48 chapters worldwide dedicated to the professional development and advancement of women crime writers. Its mission is to advance education and literacy in Anchorage and across the state of Alaska by the encouragement, facilitation, and promotion of literature and the arts, with an emphasis on the reading and writing of crime fiction written by women. Visit them at

University of Alaska Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher and distributor of print and electronic books about Alaska and the circumpolar regions. UA Press publications cover an expanding range of subjects, including politics and history, Native languages and cultures, science and natural history, biography and memoir, poetry, fiction and anthologies, and original translations. UA Press also serves as a distributor for many entities within the University of Alaska System and various independent publishers. UA Press books reach a global audience through sales and distribution provided by the University of Chicago Press. Visit them at

Alaska Book Week Presents: The Matanuska Colony Barns by Helen Hegener

While we are still working on the scheduling and content of our YouTube interviews this summer, we would like to also invite Alaskan authors to share media about their past and/or current projects. This week, we are proud to showcase a YouTube video put together by Northern Light Media for Helen Hegener's book, The Matanuska Colony Barns.

There are more exciting developments on the way for Alaska Book Week. Please check back here and on our Facebook page throughout the summer. If you would like to participate in Alaska Book Week, please fill out the participation form via the ABW logo in the sidebar. Thank you for your support!