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.