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Contributions to Literacy in Alaska Awards Announced

An Alaska Native language advocate, a longtime librarian, an elementary school publishing program, and a project to give free books to children in Alaska’s airports are winners of the 2017 Contributions to Literacy in Alaska (CLIA) Awards.
 
University of Alaska Southeast professor Lance Twitchell, newly retired Anchorage librarian Sherri Douglas, Muldoon Elementary School in Anchorage, and the statewide Read on the Fly program were chosen from nominations submitted from around the state. The CLIA awards have been presented annually since 1993 by Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska’s liaison with the Library of Congress Center for the Book.
 
The CLIAs honor people and programs that have made a significant contribution in literacy, the literary arts, or the preservation of the written or spoken word. Nearly 80 individuals and agencies have been recognized over the years, ranging from authors, publishers and booksellers, to teachers and teacher aides, historians and linguists, and more.

The 2017 CLIA winners will be recognized at a July 11 reception at Room 150 of the Arts Building on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. A dessert reception begins at 7:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. The awards will be followed by readings from authors Erin Coughlin Hollowell and Daryl Farmer, as part of the UAA Creative Writing and Literary Arts summer residency program. The evening events are free and open to the public.

More information on the CLIA award winners.

Governor's Arts and Humanities Awards

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and the Office of the Governor are accepting nominations for the annual Governor's Arts and Humanities Awards. Nominations by the public are accepted through September 1, 2017 online at akgovawards.org.

More than 2100 people visited the Loussac Library grounds to celebrate Reading Rendezvous 2017 and to sign up for the Library's Summer Discovery Reading Program. Participants could visit almost 40 different booths staffed by community business, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. There was live music, a magic show, dancing, live animals and a story reading by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. The Alaska Center for the Book would like to thank all the participants, vendors and volunteers, and especially, the major donors: Friends of the Library, Friends of Pets, Treeline Construction, The Children's Clinic, Anchorage Pediatric Group and Anchorage Public Library.

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35th Annual Statewide Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

Since 1981, the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Anchorage Daily News (now the Alaska Dispatch News) along with the Alaska Center for the Book have sponsored an annual creative writing contest that has drawn participants of every age in every part of Alaska. This year 537 entries were submitted from across the state. Peter Christian of Copper Center won the grand prize and the open nonfiction category with his account of winter in the north country, "Of Snow, Fire and Stars." Christian won $200 for the top prize.

And from Southeast, Helen Decker of Wrangell wrote a vivid account of commercial fishing in her piece, "Living Beautifully." She earned the editor's choice award and a $100 prize.

For more information visit the Alaska Dispatch's article about the contest.

The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council are pleased to announce that Isabella Weiss, a freshman from Colony High School in Palmer is Alaska's State Champion. Isabella will go on to represent Alaska at the National Competition in Washington, DC in April. Elisa Larson of Petersburg High School is the Alaska Poetry Out Loud Runner-up. more…

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Alaska Literary Awards

The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), is pleased to announce the 2017 Alaska Literary Awards, an award program to support Alaska writers.

A select number of $5,000 awards will be awarded this year. For more information, and to apply, go to www.callforentry.org. The deadline for entries is September 1, 2017.

The Alaska Literary Awards were established in 2014 by the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, through a generous gift from Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli, to recognize and support writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and mixed genres. Any Alaska writer over the age of 18 who is not a full-time student is eligible to apply. Quality of the work submitted is the primary consideration in determining who receives the awards.

The Awards are funded through the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry/ Penguin Random House Teacher Awards

Deadline: September 15, 2017

The Penguin Random House teacher awards recognize the nation's most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in their students. The Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry is designed to honor a teacher that has a passion for teaching and integrating poetry into the curriculum. Interested applicants will demonstrate a love and passion for poetry, take risks in presenting books and literature to students in a unique way, make a commitment to helping reluctant readers, and create distinctive programs and activities that support and promote a community of readers.

Eligible applicants are kindergarten through grade 12 public school teachers. Candidates must be nominated for the award; self-nominations are accepted. Nominations may be submitted by postal mail. Complete information and application materials available at http://foundation.penguinrandomhouse.com/learn-more/teacherawards/.

Alaska Festival of Stories Weekend

Keys to Life is holding a full day of Story University! at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage, from 9am-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Story University! is followed by an afternoon storytelling event at APU Grant Hall, Story Time Sunday!, from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, September 10, 2017. This storytelling workshop and event features grammy-nominated, International Storyteller, Diane Ferlatte.

Registration is required for Story University! Those attending the workshops may register for UAA Graduate 500 Level Credit. For complete information and registration visit the website at http://www.keystolifealaska.com/festival_of_stories.html.

National Endowment for the Arts Published a 2017 Guide

The 2017 NEA Guide provides details on the programs and activities that the NEA supports, as well as funding deadlines for our various grants. Included is information on Grants for Organizations, Literature Fellowships, Lifetime Honors, and Partnerships. January 2017. 20 pp.
This publication is available online at https://www.arts.gov/publications/2017-guide-national-endowment-arts for download.

Americans for the Arts: Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 Impact Report and Resources

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is Americans for the Arts' fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy. It documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity during 2015-$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments (a yield well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations).

Visit the AFTA website for access to learning, tools, and other resources related to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, study.

 

 

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Pick.Click.Give.

The Alaska Center for the Book is included in the Permanent Fund Dividend’s Pick.Click.Give. charitable contributions program.
It’s a secure and easy way to make a donation to an organization that stimulates public interest in literacy through the spoken and written word.

When you file for your PFD online, you will be given a chance to donate money from your PFD. When you do, please remember The Alaska Center for the Book.

Just check the box that authorizes the State to send your name, contact information and the amount you give when it sends contributions to an organization so we can recognize your support.

Alaska's 2015 Pick.Click.Give program raised $800 from 13 donors.

Thanks to all who contributed. Your help allows the Alaska Center for the Book to continue its programs, events and unique projects to support and build literacy in Alaska.

For more information click here:  Pick. Click. Give.

PEN/Faulkner Award Finalists Announced

Judges Chris Abani, Chantel Acevedo, and Sigrid Nunez have announced their list of finalists for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 4th. Following the announcement, the 37th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony & Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

 

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Pacific Northwest Book Awards Announced

The PNBA 2017 Book Awards went to Sherman Alexie for Thunder Boy Jr, Kelly Sue DeConnick of Portland, Oregon for Bitch Planet, Book One: Extraordinary Machine, Eowyn Ivey of Palmer, Alaska for To the Bright Edge of the World, Annie Proulx of Carnation, Washington for Barkskins, Alexis M. Smith of Portland, Oregon for Marrow Island, and Lindy West of Seattle, Washington for Shrill, Notes From a Loud Woman. More…

Since 1964 the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association has presented annual awards to recognize excellence in writing from the Pacific Northwest. Rather than soliciting nominations for specific categories, they simply require that the author and/or illustrator reside within the PNBA region (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia) and that the book be published within the current calendar year. In addition, nominations may be submitted for special awards honoring efforts in publishing, illustration, or for a body of work. Special awards are determined at the discretion of PNBA's Book Awards Committee.

The Awards Committee is made up of independent booksellers representing the PNBA region. A new committee is formed each March and the winning books are picked by the committee in mid-October.

 

 

 

 

ALA Announces Book Awards

The American Library Association recently announced the Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners for 2017.

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2017 Caldecott Medal Winner: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe and published by Little, Brown and Company.
 
2017 Caldecott Honor Books: 
Leave Me Alone! Illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol, and published by Roaring Brook Press.
 
Freedom in Congo Square. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Little Bee Books.
 
The Newbery Medal was named for 18th century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
 
The 2017 Newbery Medal Winner was awarded to The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by kelly Barnhill and published by Algonquin Young Readers.
 
2017 Newbery Honor Books are:
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
 
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog written by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly and published by Dutton Children's Books.
 
Du Iz Tak? Illustrated and written by Carson Ellis and published by Candlewick Press.
 
They All Saw a Cat. Illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel and published by Chronicle Books.
 
 

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