Events Around the State

Alaska Book Week 2016 - Events Around the State
Friday, October 7th at 5 p.m.: Juneau author Sarah Isto will be at the lecture hall in the new Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building (Alaska Div. of Libraries, Archives and Museums). Sarah will share some of her memoir in verse and lead a discussion of what it means to be Alaskan. This event will also be livestreamed at Questions? Call 907-465-2920.

The Alaska State Library in Juneau will also have a display of Alaska memoirs and a blog post at http://askasl.blogspot/com/2016/10/alaska-book-week-is-october-1-8-2016.html

On Sat., Oct. 1, Debbie S. Miller will be reading at the Sitka Public Library at 10:30 a.m.


Friday, October 7th from 4-6 p.m.: Fireside Books at 720 S. Alaska St., Palmer, will host a book-signing by Chuck Sassara, the author of Chuck Sassara’s Alaska: Propellers, Politics & People.

Friday, October 7th from 4-6 p.m.: The Girdwood Public Library will be featuring "White Fang." Please see the library website for more information.


On, October 1st
Fairbanks will be holding an event at the Noel Wien Library, welcoming authors Cherie Stihler, Beth Peluso Grassi, and Cindy Lou Aillaud from 1:30-3 p.m.

Friday, October 7th 7-9 p.m. at the Bear Gallery (3rd floor AK Centennial Center for the Arts): Fairbanks author and wilderness guide Michael Engelhardt will sign copies of his new book "American Wild: Explorations from the Grand Canyon to the Arctic Ocean" and also introduce "Ice Bear", his cultural history of the polar bear.

The Fairbanks Arts Association will also have several publications on sale in recognition of Alaska Book Week (Oct. 1-8th , 2016). For more information, call 456-6485 ext. 227 or email

Saturday, October 8th at 7 p.m. at the Bear Gallery (3rd floor AK Centennial Center for the Arts): Fairbanks Arts Literary Series 2016 Presents: Susheila Khera! 
Susheila Khera will be reading from her newly published poetry chapbook "Step by Careful Step." 
No Admission Fee!

This event will close out Fairbanks Arts' celebration of Alaska Book Week. For more information, call 456-6485 ext. 227 or email

2015 & Prior Alaska Book Week Events

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.


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

On 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.


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.


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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