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!