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. 

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