Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Alaska Book Week, a statewide event that annually celebrates the many ways that we all appreciate books, from readings, to panels, lectures, discussions and an art exhibit. We listed more than 35 literary events that occurred during this time at more than 25 venues around the state.

The Alaska Center for the Book is the main organizer for this annual event. The Alaska Center for the Book is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Alaska Center is an all-volunteer organization that strives to stimulate public interest in literacy through the spoken and written word, central to our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

To participate in Alaska Book Week 2020, email information about who is putting on the event, what is its purpose, and where and when it takes place. Also send any images such as book covers, authors’ headshots, logos, venues or other artwork that will help us publicize your event and Book Week in general. Information about the events will be posted on the Alaska Book Week website and Facebook page and through other social media and traditional media outlets.

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Alaska Book Week

Alaska Book Week

 Alaska Book Week is a statewide celebration that annually celebrates the multi-faceted ways that we appreciate books, from readings to panels, lectures, discussions, and youth activities.

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Schedule of Events as of Oct. 12, 2019

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm, Writer’s Block Bookstore. Friday, October 4, 6:00 pm, Loussac Library. Annie Boochevar Reading and Booksigning. Annie Boochever is the author along with Roy Peratovich Jr. of Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich and Bristol Bay Summer. She will be speaking about Fighter in Velvet Gloves to various groups in Anchorage, Bethel, Utqiagvik, Kodiak, Valdez, and Dillingham during much of the Alaska Book Week. Boochever tour schedule

The funding for the tour came from the Bethel Community Services Foundation and the Alaska Humanities Forum. In addition, each city is paying for her transportation to and from Anchorage.She will also be at the annual Grand Camp ANS and ANB meeting on October 5th when the US Mint is expected to reveal the new Elizabeth Peratrovich coin.

Friday, October 4, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Bear Gallery, Fairbanks. Local authors book signing. Authors will be announced soon.

Friday, October 4, Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building, JuneauNEA Big Read. 
The book selected is In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick. Juneau area residents can come by any of the public library branches in October to pick up a free copy of the book.
4:30 pm Opening Reception.
6:00 pm 49 Writers Presents: Storytelling, Survival and Character, an onstage conversation with Don Rearden and Ishmael Angaluuk Hope and moderator Corinna Cook.
Click here for event poster.
A month of programming will be scheduled around this book.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Friday, October, 4, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Georgia Blue Gallery. First Friday. Alaska artist Jon Van Zyle will exhibit original paintings from the more than 40 books he has illustrated. He will also sign books. The artwork will be on display through the month of October.

Paul Greci

Friday, October, 4, 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Alaskana Raven Books & Things. 525 Second Avenue, Co-op Plaza, Fairbanks. First Friday Book Signing. Paul Greci, author of Surviving Bear Island and The Wild Lands, will sign his books. Surviving Bear Island is a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Scholastic Reading Club Pick. Kirkus Review called The Wild Lands, “A rugged wilderness lover’s post-disaster survivalist tale.”

Friday, October, 4, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. UAA Consortium Library, Room 307. The Alaska Women Poets Speak participants will be Ray Ball, M.C. MoHagani Magnetek, m.f. angel, and Tara Ballard.

Click for Poets’ Biographies

Friday, October, 4, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Writer’s Block BookstoreAuthor Discussion. Award-winning writer Julia O’Malley will take part in an Alaska Book Week kickoff event. She will discuss topics that touch on Alaska life such as provisioning, deprivation, subsistence, fermenting, and Alaskans’ relationship to the wider world of food.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a drink themed to Julia’s cookbook available.  The program starts at 7 p.m. with Julia’s talk followed by  Q&A with audience and informal conversation with Julia.

Saturday, October 5, 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Mother Kathleen Library at Holy Trinity, Juneau. 49 Writers presents, Seeing is Believing: Crafting the Memorable Memoir with Don ReardenJoin novelist and hit memoir co-author Don Rearden for this hands-on approach to transforming memoir and other non-fiction pieces into riveting scene-based storytelling.

Don spent most of his childhood on the tundra of Southwestern Alaska. A professor at University of Alaska Anchorage, he is the author of the 2013 Washington Post notable novel, The Raven’s Gift, a screenwriter, and co-author of the memoirs Warrior’s Creed and Never Quit.

Saturday, October 5, 7:00 pm. Bear Gallery, Fairbanks. Poetry ReadingJohn Morgan will read from his newly published book, The Moving Out: Collected Early Poems. Click for event poster.

Saturday, October 5, 7:00  – 9:00 pm. Writer’s Block Bookstore. Seen UnSeen, Celebrating Anchorage’s Diverse Literary VoicesParticipants include, Chaun Ballard, Lauren Somers Heyano, Jen Stever, Tara Ballard, E.J.R. David, Sya Gipson. Click for Diversity Panel Biographies

Monday, October 7 – Sunday, October 13.  Fireside Bookstore, Palmer. Alaska Book Week Book Signings. 
Monday, October 7, 11 am – 2 pm, Mike Gordon.
Tuesday, October 8, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Ellen Vande Visse.
Wednesday, October 9, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Nancy Pfeiffer
Wednesday, October 9, 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Tom Walker.
Thursday, October 10, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Linda Haas-Melchert.
Friday, October 11, noon – 2:00 pm, Eowyn Ivey.
Friday, October 11, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Barbara Hunt.
Saturday, October 12, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, James Misko.
Saturday, October 12, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Toni Truesdell
Sunday, October 13, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Shawn Lyons.

Monday, October 7, 4:00  – 6:00 pm. Consortium Library, Room 307. Death of Edgar Allan Poe. TBA Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. To commemorate the 170th anniversary of the death of Edgar Allen Poe, recitations and a discussion of the play, The Death of Edgar Allan Poe, will be led by playwright Shane Mitchell and members of TBA Theater.

 Monday, October 7, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, Alaska Pacific University, Rasmuson Hall. Raising Alaskans. Rosanne Pagano, APU assistant professor, will moderate a conversation focussing on family life, with authors Roman Dial and Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan. Dial is an internationally ranked alpinist and APU professor; Johnson-Sullivan is a New York Times best-selling author.

Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 pm, Loussac Library, Moose Room. Imagining Anchorage: The Making of America’s Northernmost Metropolis. A discussion with authors Jim Barnett and Ian Hartman.
Anchorage is an exceptional city. What was once a town site of tents is now the largest city in the state. It just celebrated its centenary in 2015, but it has seen inhabitants for millennia. It is an economic hub grown from railroads, gold, and oil. Yet it still retains its deep connection to the wilderness surrounding it. While there have been histories of the region, Imaging Anchorage is the most expansive and comprehensive take on the city.
More information on Imagining Anchorage.
Imagining Anchorage Author Bios.

Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 pm, Chugiak-Eagle River Library. Another Chapter: A Talk With the Authors From Warrior’s Creed. This thought-provoking reading and talk will delve into the story behind the creation of Alaska Pararescueman Roger Spark’s riveting new memoir Warrior’s Creed.

Retired Master Sergeant Roger Sparks has served within the military as both a Recon Marine and an Air Force Pararescueman for over 25 years. Sparks is a recipient of the Silver Star, one of our nation’s highest awards for valor, for his actions during a fierce firefight with insurgents in Afghanistan’s Watapur Valley on Nov. 14, 2010. Sparks has transitioned from a career of special operations into the civilian world as an artist, author and speaker. He lives with his family in Eagle River, Alaska.

Don Rearden is a professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, producer, screenwriter, and the author of The Washington Post Notable novel, The Raven’s Gift, and co-author of the hit memoir Never Quit. He lives with his wife and two children in Bear Valley, Alaska.

Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 pm. Writer’s Block Bookstore. Wild Shots. Author and photographer Tom Walker will do a slide show presentation to accompany a reading from his photography memoir, Wild Shots. Tom writes of his encounters and observations of Alaska wildlife over his 50-year career. His memoir contains more than 40 color images of wildlife including grizzlies, wolves, caribou, moose, whales and orcas.

Wednesday, October 9, 6:00 pm. Title Wave Books. Finding ReadersSara Juday moderates a conversation with Matthew Lasley, a writer who will share stories about what has worked and what hasn’t worked in promoting his books including his use of social media. We invite attendees to participate in the conversation, sharing their own stories and their own insights into the part of publishing books that few writers are really ready to tackle. Biographies of the panelists.

Wednesday, October 9, 6:00 pm. Loussac Library, Ann Stevens Room“Twenty Years of Collaboration in Alaska Children’s Books,” by author Tricia Brown and photographer Roy Corral. In 1998 the two Alaskans created the children’s book “Children of the Midnight Sun: Young Native Voices of Alaska,” depicting Alaska Native youngsters from across the state through words and photos. Twenty years later, the team revisited the subject in “Children of the First People: Fresh Voices of Alaska’s Native Kids.”
This Friends of the Library event is free and open to the public. For information, see the Friends of the Library web site at

Thursday, October 10, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. UAF, Brooks Building, Gathering Room, Fairbanks. The Man Who Became a Caribou Book Release. Gwich’in Stories and Conversation from Alaska and the Yukon, with Craig Mishler and Kenneth Frank. Come and meet some of the Gwich’in elders who provided stories for this book. Click for More Information

Thursday, October 10, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. BP Energy Center.  Alaskans Writing Adventure. A panel of Alaskan adventure writers read from their work and discuss their methods and motives. Adventurer’s Panel Biographies.

Thursday, October 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. UAA Conoco Phillips Integrated Sciences Building. Room 120. Mary Kudenov Lecture. Mary Kudenov is the author of Threadbare: Class and Crime in Urban Alaska. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from UAA and her work has appeared in several literary magazines including Alaska Quarterly Review, Permafrost, Fourth Genre, Chautauqua, and The Southampton Review. In 2016, Mary was named an essayist of note in the Best American Essays series for “A History of Smoking.” She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Click here for event poster.

David Onofrychuk

Friday, October 11, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. UAA Gorsuch CommonsReception and Celebration Honoring Statewide Writing Contest Winners of all Ages. MC’d by David Onofrychuk, APU Assistant Professor, Creative Writing and Composition. Winners of the contest will read from their work and speak about the impact of the contest on their writing. Reception with light refreshments to follow.

Friday, October 11, 7:00 pm. Writer’s Block Bookstore. All Ages Poetry SlamMC MoHagani Magnetek hosts this  poetry slam, as a part of Alaska Book Week.

Saturday, October 12, 12:00 – 4:00 pm. Bosco’s Spenard Store Bosco’s Small Press Expo. Local writers and authors will be available to highlight what projects they’ve been working on. The public will have a chance to shake hands, ask questions and get some cool stuff signed. Confirmed artists so far are Keenan Powell, M.A. Robbins, Kellie Doherty, Sean Schubert, Todd Galusha. 

Saturday, October 12, 1:00 pm. Barnes & Noble, Anchorage. Booksigning. Author Tricia Brown and photographer Roy Corral sign their books. Click for more information.

Saturday, October 12, 7:00. Writer’s Block Bookstore. Alaska Quarterly Review’s 37th Anniversary Celebration. An evening with Editor-in-Chief Ron Spatz and Contributing Editor Bonnie Nazdam. Alaska Quarterly Review marks its 37th anniversary with the publication of its Summer & Fall 2019 edition. AQR Editor Ron Spatz introduces and presents the new edition and he is joined by Bonnie Nazdam who will read new work. In addition to AQR, Bonnie’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Harper’sOrion MagazineGranta, the Kenyon Review,  and many other journals. Her first novel, Lamb, was recipient of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, long-listed for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in the UK, and was translated into several languages. The book was made into an award-winning independent film. Nadzam is co-author of Love in the Anthropocene with environmental ethicist Dale Jamieson. Her second novel, Lions, was released by Grove Atlantic in 2016 and was a Finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award in Fiction.

Click for event poster.

Saturday, October 12, 7:00 pm. Old St. Joe’s, Nome. Writers Night & Reading with Don Rearden. $5 cover, or read your work. Click for more information.

Wednesday, October 16, 4:00 -6:00 pm. Seward Community Library Museum Author Sandy Mazen discusses his memoir, “Kiyonuk, An Arctic Alaska Boyhood.”

In this talk, Mazen will discuss his two-year journey to know more about his family and himself, including ties to Seward History and life in various parts of Alaska. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions and purchase asigned copy of “Kiyonuk.”

Sandy Mazen was born at the mission hospital in Teller on March 16, 1928. He has lived an adventurous life in the military, as a teacher, and as a family counselor.

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Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Writer’s Block Bookstore. Poetry Parley. Featured poet and Marquee poet to be announced.

Saturday, October 19, 11:00 am – noon. Seward Community Library Museum Community Book Club. The group discusses Fighter in Velvet Gloves, a book about Elizabeth Peratrovich, the brave Tlingit Woman who changed Alaska forever! Click for event poster.

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