Event Archives



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

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.

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.


Sunday, Oct. 5, 10am, John Trigg Ester Library: Readers on the Run. 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. Check in time is 10am and start time is 11am. 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, visit:  http://www.triggesterlibrary.org/programs-events/ror/


Saturday, Oct. 4, 2-4pm, Barnes & Noble, Fairbanks: Author Kris Farmen will be signing his books, including his latest novella in the collection Weathered Edge.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 11am-6pm, Carrs/Safeway, College Road, Fairbanks: Join 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.

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.

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)


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.


Sunday, Oct. 5, 9am-6pm, Carrs/Safeway, Kenai: Author signing by Bill Quirk (Bush Pilot Way)


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!


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

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

Monday, Oct. 6, 11am-3pm, Fred Meyer, Palmer: Author signing by Bonnye Matthews (Kiti's Story, 75,000 BC, Manak-na's Story, Zaminmolo's Story, 35,00 BC)


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


Saturday, Oct. 4, 10am-6pm, Fred Meyer, Soldotna: Author signing by Bill Quirk (Bush Pilot Way)

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

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


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.

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 SunOrdinary Wolves, and many others.

Wednesday, October 8, 6-8pm, 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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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".

Saturday, October 11, 10am-5pm, Loussac Library (Lower Level)
The Great Alaska Book Fair will cap off this year's Alaska Book Week. All Alaska-based authors are encouraged to sign up at http://www.alaskawritersguild.com/event-1725512. This is a great opportunity for readers to meet local writers selling their books at the Fair.  


Christine Byl
Friday 4th, 3pm: Craft talk with Christine Byl at University of Alaska Fairbanks: Christine Byl, author of Dirt Work will talk about her work at the UAF Campus, Groening 405.

Friday, 4th, 5pm, Talkeetna RoadhouseErin Mckittrick, author of A Long Trek Home and Small Feet, Big Land, will give a presentation. Erin is co-founder and Director of Ground Truth Trekking, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating and engaging the public on Alaska's natural resource issues through a combination of wilderness adventure, scientific analysis, and the creation of web resources. 

Friday 4th, 7pm: UAF Midnight Sun Visiting Author Series features Christine Byl and Carolyn Kremers: UAF Woods Center. Byl is the author of Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Alaska Anchorage; her prose has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Sun, and Crazyhorse, among other journals. Byl has also received awards from Alaska State Council on the Arts, Rasmuson Foundation, Breadloaf, and Fishtrap. She lives with her husband and an old sled dog north of Denali National Park outside of Healy, Alaska, where she owns and operates a small trail design and construction company. 

Carolyn Kremers writes creative nonfiction and poetry, and is a dedicated teacher and lifelong musician.  Her books include Place of the Pretend People: Gifts from a Yup'ik Eskimo Village (memoir), The Alaska Reader: Voices from the North (anthology), and Upriver (poetry). Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies, and her piece, "John Haines and the Dream Place," was named a "Notable" essay in Best American Essays 2012. Kremers designed and implemented the MFA creative nonfiction program at Eastern Washington University in Spokane and currently teaches part-time at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has been artist-in-residence at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Denali National Park and is a founding member of the Alaska artists and scientists group, In a Time of Change. In 2008-09, she was a US Fulbright Scholar at Buryat State University in Ulan Ude, Russia.

Tuesday 8th, 10am: Steve Heimel interviews Marybeth Holleman on "Talk of Alaska," when she will talk about her just-released book, Among Wolves: Gordon Haber's Insights into Alaska's Most Misunderstood Animal.

Tuesday 8th, 7pm, Baranov Museum, Kodiak: Alaska Book Week Community Conversation with local authors Larry Vandaele, Sara Loewen, Stacy Studebaker, Leslie Fields, and Suzanne Bobo about their books and the writing process.

Thursday 10th, 7pm, Centennial Hall, Juneau: Presentation by Erin Mckittrick, author of A Long Trek Home and Small Feet, Big Land. Erin is co-founder and Director of Ground Truth Trekking, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating and engaging the public on Alaska's natural resource issues through a combination of wilderness adventure, scientific analysis, and the creation of web resources. 

Don Rearden by Michael Dinneen
Friday 11th, 7:30pm: Author presentation by Don Rearden, APU Grant Hall Theatre, Anchorage: Don Rearden, author of The Raven’s Gift, kicks off the Great Alaska Book Fair (October 12) with a special presentation sponsored by the Alaska Writers Guild and Alaska Pacific University.

Saturday 12th, 10am-5pm: Great Alaska Bookfair, APU Carr-Gottstein Hall Atrium: Meet a variety of Alaskan authors, who will be selling their books and giving short readings throughout the day. Sponsored by the Alaska Writers Guild and Alaska Pacific University


Meet Author Monica Devine in Eagle River
Have a cup of coffee and enjoy a book signing with Monica Devine at Jitter's in Eagle River, this Saturday, from Noon-2 pm. She will be signing copies of her new children's book, Kayak Girl, illustrated by Mindy Dwyer.

In Kayak Girl, a young child learns to cope with serious loss through the keen love of her grandfather's hand and heart. After Jana's mother dies, she becomes withdrawn and uninterested in playing outside with her friends, and helping her father catch fish for the family. Her grandfather, a carver, pays Jana a visit and carves a figure of a girl in a kayak. He asks Jana to promise to go down to the river, everyday, and watch for Kayak Girl after he releases her into the water from his village far upriver. 
Through the following seasons, Jana goes to the river daily and finds strength in the positive memories from her short time with her mother, even as she imagines the distant kayak girl's struggles. After many trials, Jana and Kayak Girl are reunited, and Jana's spirit is revived. Throughout the book, watercolor illustrations take readers to a magical place along an Alaska river and demonstrate the power of memory and a sense of place in the natural world.

Alaska Book Week launch for "Turn Again"

If you're in Anchorage this week, be sure to attend the book launch party for Alaska author Kris Farmen, whose new novel "Turn Again" has just been published. Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 pm at Out North Theater. Free and open to  public. Call (907) 720-7559 or email info@vpdhouse.com for more information.

Debby Dahl Edwardson on KBRW in Barrow

Be sure to tune in to KBRW on Monday, October 8, to hear Barrow author Debby Dahl Edwardson, National Book Award finalist for My Name is Not Easy, talk about Alaska Book Week.

Invite an Author to Your Event
If you are celebrating Alaska Book Week in your classroom, at your bookstore, with your reading club, or in some other group, consider inviting an author to be a guest speaker. The Alaskan Writers Directory provides a comprehensive list of Alaska authors, and several writers have offered to come and speak to interested groups, including Tam LinseyMaxine MansfieldLynn Lovegreen, Libby Hatton, Kristy Miller, and Marguerita McManus. Just let us know if you would like to contact any of these authors by emailing 49writers@gmail.com

First Friday with Teri Sloat in Juneau

Leading into Alaska Book Week, on Friday, October 5, 5-7pm, the Downtown Juneau Public Library presents a special reception. Author and Illustrator Teri Sloat, whose illustrations will be on display in the large conference room, will present a talk, “Visual Art and Story: connecting with kids” at 6:00 pm. Sloat’s illustrations have brought many magical Alaskan children’s books to life, including Berry Magic, Dance on a Sealskin, The Hungry Giant of the Tundra, and more. During her time in Alaska, Sloat worked with the Bilingual Center in Bethel, Alaska to produce many bilingual books in Yup’ik and English. Sloat recalls, “Years of living on the YK Delta, working with bilingual programs, and oral storytellers has given me an ever-changing idea of what makes a good story. Alaska continues to be a place to return to for great journeys of the imagination.”

Author's Panel: Writing Readable Alaska History

Thursday, October 11, 7:30—8:45pm

Z. J. Loussac Public Library, 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage Public Conference Room, Level One

Join local authors for a discussion of how to translate Alaska history into page-turning reading. Featured authors are Kris Farmen, Kaylene Johnson, and Carol Sturgulewski. 

Carol Sturgulewski has spent more than 30 years as a journalist in Alaska, working for newspapers from Anchorage to the Aleutian Islands. He writing has appeared in Alaska magazine, National Geographic Traveler, and Alaska Geographic. She is the author of White House of the North: Stories from the Alaska Governor's Mansion and Kodiak: Alaska's Emerald Isle.

Kris Farmen is a novelist, historian, and freelance journalist. His first novel, The Devil's Share, drew high critical praise. His second novel, Turn Again, has just been released. His writing has also appeared in Alaska magazine, The Anchorage Press, The Surfer's Path, and Mushing magazine, among others. He lives in Alaska, on the Lower Kenai Peninsula.

Kaylene Johnson's books include Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith; Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned the Political Establishment Upside Down; Trails Across Time: History of an Alaska Mountain Corridor; and Portrait of the Alaska Railroad. She has also written the memoir A Tender Distance: Adventures Raising My Sons in Alaska. She holds an MFA in writing from Spalding University.

Light refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Alaska Center for the Book and Anchorage Public Library.

Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith

Dick Griffith will give a presentation about his wilderness travels followed by a book signing at Jitters in Eagle River, at 10 am Saturday, October 6. Dick Griffith has traveled, by foot and ski, more than 6,000 miles across Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. Even before his adventures in the North, Griffith was a pioneer of rafting on the Green and Colorado rivers and is considered the grandfather of packrafting. He recently received a commendation from the Alaska State Legislature for embodying the Spirit of Alaska. Griffith's story is now told in his new biography Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith written by author Kaylene Johnson.
In Canyons and Ice, Kaylene Johnson recounts the adventures of Dick Griffith, who has undertaken a series of remarkable wilderness journeys across Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and the American West over the past six decades. On at least one of these trips he barely survived. Stoical, utterly self-reliant, and attracted by challenges of immense scale, Griffith brings to mind heroic figures of an earlier, less craven era -- stalwart individuals like Shackleton, Amundsen, Nansen, and Stefansson who explored some of the least hospitable places on earth without benefit of GPS, Gore-Tex, or the possibility of rescue. Unlike most of his celebrated antecedents, however, Griffith’s motives for seeking a life of risk and hardship had nothing to do with a desire for wealth or prestige.  As this gripping and inspiring book explains, 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.”
– Jon Krakauer, Author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, Under the Banner of Heaven, and Where Men Win Glory           
Dick Griffith has lived the sort of big, wild life that most cardboard-cutout adventurers of today only dream of living. He has engaged the wilderness in his own way on his own terms without ever once pandering to sponsors. He has undertaken adventures hard to believe, and survived every one of them. The result is a life so awe inspiring you may not believe this book true. But every damn word is as real as the north-country dangers that have killed lesser men. 
 – Craig Medred, is reporter for Alaska Dispatch, long-time outdoor columnist for the Anchorage Daily News and author ofGraveyard of Dreams." 

Melt the Ice with Five Alaska Romance Writers!

Alaska Romance Writers will be holding a panel during Alaska Book Week to be held at the UAA Campus Bookstore on Friday, October 12, 1:00-3:00 pm. Come and hear Romance Writers Boone Brux, Jackie Ivie, Tam Linsey, Jennifer Bernard, and Lizbeth Selvig discuss their books, writing, and romance.

Anchorage Friends of the Library Author Event

Friends of the Library will be hosting its annual meeting and author event during Alaska Book Week. The event is Wednesday, October 10 at the Ann Stevens Room of Z.J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage. Activities are free and open to the public.

A welcome reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. The agenda includes brief updates from the year's activities, and awards for special volunteers and supporters. The guest speaker is Carol Sturgulewski, author of "White House of the North: Stories from the Alaska Governor's Mansion." The book celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Governor's House, with historic photos and interviews with former governors, family and friends dating back to 1925. Sturgulewski will have a slide presentation of photos from the book, and will sign and sell books afterward.


Saturday 5th-Saturday 12th: Alaska Book Week discount at Skaguay News Depot & Books!  Visit the bookstore during Alaska Book Week for a 10% off special on books by Alaska writers all week! And 49 Writers would like to say a big THANK YOU to Skaguay Book and Lynn Canal Publishing for generously donating to the Alaska Book Week Fund. Your gift helps 49 Writers celebrate Alaska’s books and writers in schools and libraries across the state.

Saturday 5th, 5-7pm: Author event with Erin Mckittrick at Gulliver's Books, Fairbanks: Erin McKittrick, author of A Long Trek Home and Small Feet, Big Land will be celebrating Alaska Book Week with Gulliver’s Books. Erin is co-founder and Director of Ground Truth Trekking, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating and engaging the public on Alaska's natural resource issues through a combination of wilderness adventure, scientific analysis, and the creation of web resources. Erin received a MS in Molecular Biology from the University of Washington in 2005, following a BA in biology from Carleton College in 2001. Along with her husband, Hig, she's been exploring the Alaskan wilderness for more than a decade, logging over 7,500 miles. 

Sunday 6th, 1-6pm: Alaskan Authors Showcase at Barnes & Noble, Anchorage: Join us for signings, author spotlights, and sneak-peek readings!
  • 1pm—Mary Ann Poll spotlight
  • 1:30pm—Dan Bigley & Debra McKinney sneak-peek 
  • 2pm—Lyle O’Connor 
  • 3pm—Dan Bigley & Debra McKinney 
  • 3:30pm—Don Rearden sneak-peek 
  • 4pm—Sherry Simpson 
  • 5pm—Don Rearden spotlight
If you mention Alaska Book Week or 49 Writers at the register when you purchase a book at the Anchorage Barnes & Noble store during Alaska Book Week (October 5-12), a percentage of your entire sale will go back to 49 Writers to support Alaska Book Week.

Tuesday 8th, 5-7pm: Author event with Jim Lanier at UAA Campus Bookstore, Anchorage: Jim Lanier will present Dog Mushing: Beyond Ophir: Confessions of an Iditarod Musher. Lanier received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis and moved to Alaska in 1967 to serve at the Native Hospital with the US Public Health Service. A pathologist at Providence Hospital for thirty three years, Jim is now retired. He began mushing in 1977 and says he got the bug from Iditarod mushers Ron Gould, Dinah Knight, and Gerry Riley. Jim ran his first Iditarod in 1979.

Tuesday 8th, 7-8pm: Author event with Christine Byl at Barnes & Noble, Anchorage

Wednesday 9th, 5-7pm, Author event with Alex Hills at UAA Campus Bookstore, Anchorage: Dr. Alex Hills is Distinguished Affiliate Professor at UAA and Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He has volunteered throughout his career, using his professional skills to help others. Now he teaches and encourages a new generation of young professionals to help solve problems of poverty, health and other ills that face the world. Geeks on a Mission is his new book about the awe-inspiring work of his students doing projects in developing nations.

Saturday October 12, 12–2pm: Children's author Claudia Lively will be signing all three of her books at Gulliver's Books.


Here's a very eclectic Alaska Book Week display at Gulliver's Books in Fairbanks. There's no doubt about it --Alaska books offer something of interest to everyone. There's still time to celebrate Alaska Book Week with a purchase of that Alaska book you always intended to read...support your local bookstore!

Bookstores Celebrate Alaska Book Week

Tales Told Twice
Bookstores around the state are participating in Alaska Book Week by distributing our special bookmarks to customers. Many are also putting on special displays that highlight the wealth of Alaska writers and Alaska books available. Make October 6-13 the week you buy the book on Alaska or book by an Alaska author that you've always been meaning to read!

You can get your own bookmark at one of the following bookstores: The Anchorage Museum Bookstore, The Babbling Book (Haines), Barnes & Noble (Anchorage), Fireside Books (Palmer), Gulliver's Books (Fairbanks), The Homer Bookstore, Metro Music & Books (Anchorage), Tales Told Twice (Talkeetna), Title Wave Books (Anchorage), and the UAA Campus Bookstore.

Alaska Book Week Events at UAA Bookstore

Tuesday October 9, 5:00-7:00pm
UAA Alumni Lawrence Todd Wood presents his new novel Currency

How can a background in the Air Force, Engineering Management and Investment Banking fit together? As a writer, of course! Join us as UAA alumni and novelist Lawrence Todd Wood (M.S. Engineering Management grad ('91), returns to UAA to discuss his exciting thriller Currency.

What critics say:
Currency is "a good dose of high finance, world markets, historical facts all strung together to pull the reader into this gut-wrenching, action thriller."

Currency is not just a story about the role of gold as a store of value, monetary wealth and medium of exchange. It's a story of adventure, history, pirates, intrigue, treasure, espionage, international finance, world politics, global economics, national security and modern day warfare. “

“Wood develops the primary characters nicely and creates a level of suspense that keeps you turning the pages," says another. "What makes the storyline especially compelling is that it speaks to the financial issues that threaten to undermine our nation's economic security today."

Wednesday October 10, 5:00-7:00pm
The Alaska Constitutional Convention Round 2?

At this event former Alaska Attorney General John Havelock discusses his provocative book, Let’s Do it Right: Why We Need an Alaska Constitutional Convention. Everyone is encouraged to attend and listen to a lively discussion.

Thursday, October 11, 5:00-6:30pm

The Medieval Roots of Tolkien's Philosophical Ideas with Author Matthew Dickerson

Matthew Dickerson is the author of several books about J.R.R. Tolkien including: Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings (2004); Ents, Elves and Eriador: the Environmental Vision of J.R.R.Tolkien (2006); From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook of Myth and Fantasy (2006); A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R.Tolkien's Middle-earth (2012). 
Dickerson is a professor of Computer Science at Middlebury College in Vermont, a member of the Environmental Studies Program and also director of the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event and become enchanted by the Tolkien world.

Friday October 12, 1:00-3:00pm
Melt the Ice with 5 Alaska Romance Writers

In celebration of Alaska Book Week, Alaska romance authors come together to discuss their books, writing and romance. Everyone is invited to come and meet authors Tam Linsey, Jennifer Bernard, Jackie Ivie, Boone Brux , and Lizbeth Selwig.


Thursday 3rd, 6-7pm: Author event with Zane Treesh, Chugiak-Eagle River Library: Local author and librarian Zane Treesh presents images and stories from his pictorial history of Eagle River, published in June by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series. Signing will follow the presentation, and books will be available for purchase. This presentation will also be available via OWL videoconferencing.

Thursday 3rd, 6:30pm: Author event with Jonathan Waterman, Juneau Downtown Public Library: In his lecture presentation "The Evolution of an Adventurer," Waterman shares his career as a journalist/filmmaker and explorer through 35 years of dramatic images, video and storytelling. The author of 12 books addresses how he made a living as an adventurer to fulfill a passion for remote expeditions, while specifically showing-through ecologic observations and careful photography-how changing climate and development compromises wilderness. Ultimately, his gratitude for wild places inspired his devotion to conservation causes. This thrilling and structured lecture program encapsulates his new book, Northern Exposures: An Adventuring Career in Stories and Images (University of Alaska Press, 2013). The hour-long presentation will be followed by a Q &A and book signing.

Saturday 5th-Satuday 12th, Kodiak Public Library: Please stop by the Kodiak Public Library anytime during Alaska Book Week to learn more about Alaska’s books and writers and to visit their Alaska Book Week book display

Saturday 5th, 3pm: Author event with Jackie Ivey, Mountain View Community Library, Anchorage: Meet author of paranormal and historical romances, Jackie Ivie. She will speak about being a romance writer and give away FREE copies of her newest book, A Knight Well Spent.

Saturday 5th, 4pm: Adult Battle of the Books, Talkeetna Public Library: The Talkeetna Public library will proudly display books by Alaskan writers for book week. Additionally, the Friends of Talkeenna Library group will incorporate Alaska Book Week with their Banned Book celebrations, and include Alaska Books in an adult Battle of the Books. This event is open to the public.  If you are interested in joining a team, please call the Talkeetna Public Library at 907-733-2359.

Sunday 6th, Readers on the Run 5-K Fun Run, John Trigg Ester Library. This five-kilometer footrace features a costume contest (optional), magnetic poetry composition at each lap (required), and prizes for best times, poems, costumes, and more. The annual library fundraiser and community event will start just across from the Ester post office.

Monday 7th, 6-7pm: Author event with Cora Holmes, Unalaska Public Library: Local author Cora Holmes will read from and talk about her latest book project, Alaska’s Wild West. Holmes is the author of Time of the Otter, Outside Man, Dear Cora, and Good-bye, Boise . . . Hello, Alaska. This event will be available to other libraries through videoconference.

Monday 7th, 7pm: Author reading by Erin Mckittrick, Haines Public Library: McKittrick, author of A Long Trek Home and Small Feet, Big Land will be celebrating Alaska Book Week with Haines before heading north for an event in Fairbanks. Erin is co-founder and Director of Ground Truth Trekking, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating and engaging the public on Alaska's natural resource issues through a combination of wilderness adventure, scientific analysis, and the creation of web resources. Erin received a MS in Molecular Biology from the University of Washington in 2005, following a BA in biology from Carleton College in 2001. Along with her husband, Hig, she's been exploring the Alaskan wilderness for more than a decade, logging over 7,500 miles.

Monday 7th, 7-8:30pm: Writing workshop with Christine Byl, Tri-Valley Library, Healy: Christine will highlight some of her favorite Alaska authors (many of whose books are available at the library) and lead a craft discussion and exercise on writing about place. Free and open to all levels. Christine Byl's first book, Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods was released in April 2013. Her prose also appears in The Sun, Glimmer Train, Crazyhorse, and other literary journals and anthologies. Byl is a two-time recipient of a Rasmuson Individual Artist Award as well as grants from the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Tuesday 8th, 6pm: Alaska Read-out at Homer Public Library: Four Homer authors, Miranda Weiss, Rich Chiappone, Ann Dixon, and Erin Coughlin Hollowell will read from their favorite Alaskan books. The audience is encouraged to share brief excerpts from their own favorite Alaskan books. Light refreshments served. For more information go to the Homer Public Library website or call (907) 235-3180.

Wednesday 9th: Lunch with a Story Program, Seward Community Library, will feature Alaskan tales. 

Wednesday 9th, 6:30pm: Author event with Don Rearden, Girdwood Library: Join UAA professor Don Rearden for an Alaska Book Week talk on the magic of books and a reading from his novel The Raven’s Gift, a chilling tale of what happens in a remote Yup’ik village when a deadly epidemic hits. What will it take to survive? This presentation will also be available via OWL videoconferencing.

Wednesday 9th, 7pm: Author event with Kaylene Johnson and Dick Griffith, Loussac Library Wilda Marston Theatre, Anchorage: Johnson and Griffith will talk about collaborating on the the book Canyons and Ice. Griffith, a legendary Alaskan, will share his epic wilderness travels across the American West, Mexico, Alaska and eventually an entire continent, and Johnson will expound on the journey of writing his story. This is a talk for all writers and those who seek adventure!

Wednesday 9th, 7-8pm, Eowyn Ivey, Loussac Library, Ann Stevens Room: Pulitzer Prize finalist Eowyn Ivey is the featured speaker at the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting, following a short reception and meeting. The public is invited, you don't have to be a member to attend.

Thursday 10th, 5pm: Author reading by Heather Lende, Haines Public Library: New York Times best-selling author Heather Lende is the author of If you Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name and Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs. Her personal essays and columns have been widely distributed—from NPR and Country Living to the Christian Science Monitor and Woman's Day magazine, where she was a contributing editor for a few years.

Thursday 10th, 5:30pm: Author reading by Ernestine Hayes, Juneau Downtown Public Library: Local author and professor Ernestine Hayes will talk about her upcoming book, Juneau: Images of America, as well as her other published writing that ranges from children's books to poetry to memoir. This event is free and open to all ages. Visit sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Library.

Friday 11th: Storytime at Seward Community Library will have an Alaskan theme, and each family will receive a free copy of Swimmer by Shelly Gill and illustrated by Shannon Cartwright. 

Friday 11th, 6pm: Local Writer Meet and Greet, Dillingham Public Library: Celebrate Alaska Book Week with Dillingham resident writers Ethel Joanne Nelson, Adam Kane, and Amy Eisenburg. The Dillingham public Library will also be showcasing Alaska Books and writers in a week long display.

Saturday 12th, 1-2pm: Author event with Sherry Simpson, Muldoon Library, Anchorage: Learn about the habits of Alaska’s three bears with author Sherry Simpson as she talks about her upcoming book Dominion of Bears: Living with Wildlife in Alaska. This event will also be available via OWL videoconferencing.

Saturday 12th, 12pm, Kodiak College Library: Live from Muldoon Library in Anchorage via OWL: Sherry Simpson talks about her new book, Dominion of Bears: Living with Wildlife in Alaska.


Friday 4th, 7pm: Alaska Quarterly Review launches fall issue at Tap Root, Anchorage: 
Alaska Quarterly Review will kick off Alaska Book Week 2013 with "IPSEITY—Revelations in Words and Pictures," featuring the world premieres of the print publication and short film of Elizabeth Bradfield’s transcendent "Deliquescence: A Meditation in Seven Parts;" Gary Holthaus' “How We Give Ourselves;” Mary Kudenov's “A Man of Fashion;”and the exclusive publication of internationally acclaimed photojournalist Andrea Bruce’s “Afghan Americans.” Signature AQR cocktails --the "Literary Tonic" and the "Literary Gimlet" --will be served, $7 cover at the door.

Thursday 10th, 11am-6pm: Housewarming party at University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks: UA Press will be hosting a housewarming party in celebration of Alaska Book Week and their recent move. Come and visit the new location in Fairbanks at 1760 Westwood Way (across from the Artisan's Courtyard), and enjoy 25% off all books!

Thursday 10th, 6-9pm: Publishing Workshop with Ali McGraw of Indigo Editing & Publishers, APU, Anchorage: Sponsored by Alaska Writers Guild. The publishing industry is changing, and authors are taking note. Print-on-demand technology, ebooks, and the rise of online bookstores have made self-publishing an alluring process to many. But is it right for you? This workshop is specifically designed to give authors a clear picture of what each publishing path involves and tips for determining which path is best for you and your book. Registration fee: $35 for members of Alaska Writers Guild and 49 Writers; $50 for non-members.

2012 Publishers News
University of Alaska Press Alaska Book Week celebration

Several UAF departments joined the University of Alaska Press in celebrating Alaska Book Week 2012. Students, faculty, and community members stopped by more than a dozen tables to talk with programs such as Alaska SeaGrant, the Alaska Native Language Center, and the Elmer E. Rasmuson and BioSciences Libriaries and to buy books from a wide they had available for purchase.

Morning readings featured Cam Esslemont, Peggy Shumaker, Sean Hill, Derick Burleson, Gerri Brightwell, and Carol Kaynor. After a break, they switched to an open mic format that kept people reading into the early afternoon--we hear that a lot of enthusiastic readers and their friends participated!

Once again we extend our thanks to University of Alaska Press for their generous sponsorship of Alaska Book Week.

Meet the Editor: James Engelhardt of UA Press

If you will be in Fairbanks for Alaska Book Week, take advantage of the opportunity to talk one-on-one with James Engelhardt, Acquisitions Editor for University of Alaska Press. James is available for consultations during their Alaska Book Week event at UAF Wood Center on Monday, October 8,  2012, 10:00-11:30 am and 1:30-3:30 pm - email him at james.engelhardt@alaska.edu if you are interested.

AQR Leads into Alaska Book Week with 2 Free Events

Join UAA’s acclaimed Alaska Quarterly Review for two special free 30th Anniversary events to kick off Alaska Book Week:

On Thursday, October 4, at 7PM the "THE STONE OF HEAVEN: Alaska Quarterly Review 30th Anniversary Poems" will be presented in the Loussac Library's Wilda Marston Theater. This reading from AQR's milestone 30th Anniversary fall and winter 2012 edition features the best in contemporary poetry.

And on Friday, October 5, from 5:30 to 7PM in both of APU's Art Galleries is the opening reception for the extraordinary "LIBERTY & JUSTICE FOR ALL" exhibition. The exhibit features the photography and narratives of 68 of the world's best photojournalists from 23 nations. The publication in spring and summer 2012 was acclaimed by the National Endowment for the Arts and this event is Alaska's premiere of the exhibition just returned from presentation at the Frontline Club in London, UK and exhibition for more than two months at the FOVEA EXHIBITION gallery in Beacon, NY and for a month at the VII Gallery in New York City with coverage in the TIME magazine Tumblr and The New York Times. The VII Gallery opening panel discussion was also made into a public television program and broadcast statewide in Alaska on September 8-10.

Hot from University of Alaska Press!

The University of Alaska Press, our primary sponsor, will be hosting an Alaska Book Week event at the UAF Wood Center on Monday, October 8, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Multiple departments on campus have been invited to participate, with confirmations received from UA Press, UAF Bookstore, Alaska Sea Grant, Alaska Native Language Center, UAF Rasmuson Library, and the UAF English Department. They will be selling books and other publications and stage author signings and various other activities. More information to come as the planning progresses.


Several schools across Alaska are participating in Alaska Book Week 2013 by creating book displays, learning about Alaska writers and books, and even inviting Alaskan authors to visit the school library or classrooms for author’s events.
  • Anchorage – several schools
  • Big Lake Elementary
  • Houston High School
  • Napakiak
  • North Pole High School
  • Soldotna High School
  • Sherrod Elementary in Palmer
  • Sitka Schools
  • Valdez High School
  • Wales Middle School

Thank you for celebrating Alaska’s writers and their books!

Thursday 10th, 6:30-8pm: Family Reading Night with Deb Vanasse at Baxter Elementary School: Children’s book author Deb Vanasse will be reading, speaking, and signing books at Baxter Elementary on in celebration of Alaska Book Week. Vanasse began her writing career with the Junior Literary Guild selection A Distant Enemy. She has gone on to publish twelve titles and has recently launched a publishing venture and authors’ cooperative, Running Fox Books. Her most recent book is Black Wolf of the Glacier, published by the University of Alaska Press. Upcoming titles include No Returns, the first in the Battleband series featuring three friends who take on the devil, and Cold Spell, about a woman obsessed with a glacier.


Bethel's Young Writers Celebrate Alaska Book Week

During Alaska Book Week, the Bethel chapter of WYAK (Write Young Alaska), an extra-curricular writing group, will be busy with a variety of events. Peter Twitchell, longtime Delta Discovery columnist, will be visiting them to answer their burning questions about the writing process, maintaining deadlines, and coming up with fresh ideas. Their goal is to come away with ideas for editorials of their own to submit to the newspaper. And Alaska author Don Rearden (The Raven's Gift) will Skype with the WYAK group to discuss how to use setting to create mood - they will  use that session to fine-tune submissions to the WYAK "Ghosts and Legends" writing contest. And last but not least, a special display of Alaska books is planned at Bethel Regional High School.

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