Alaska Book Week October 1 - 8
Something for Everybody during Alaska Book Week
From mere book-lovers to all-out bibliophiles, Alaskans of all ages can look forward to a whole week devoted to the enjoyment of the written word. The statewide event called Alaska Book Week, organized by the Alaska Center for the Book, annually celebrates the multi-faceted ways that we all appreciate books, from readings, to panels, lectures, discussions, and youth activities. Held from Oct. 1-8, this year’s event promises a broad array of offerings:
Sat., Oct. 1
10:30 a.m.: Children’s Books Day – Sitka kicks off the week with nonfiction author Debbie S. Miller presenting at the Sitka Public Library, 320 Harbor Dr.
1-3 p.m.: The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Bookstore, 2905 Providence Dr., hosts nine authors with new books released by Publications Consultants.
1:30-3 p.m.: Children’s Books Day – Fairbanks is set at the Noel Wien Library auditorium, 1215 Cowles St., with readings and activities by authors Chérie Stihler, Cindy Lou Aillaud, and Beth Peluso Grassi.
4-6 p.m.: Alaska Book Week’s grand opening event in Anchorage showcases a panel of authors who contributed to a collection titled Building Fires in the Snow. Moderated by Libby Roderick, the gathering is planned at the Mountain View Library / Community Center, 120 Bragaw St.
Sun., Oct. 2
1:30-3:30 p.m.: Children’s Books Day – Anchorage will feature multiple authors in three separate locations within the Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St. Presenting authors include those writing for young adults: C.M. McCoy, Lynn Lovegreen, and Dan Walker. For the early and middle-elementary students, Amy Meissner, Tricia Brown, and Shelley Gill. And the youngest book lovers will hear from Bernd Richter, Libby Hatton, and Barbara Brovelli-Moon, who’ll also engage kids in some creative fun.
Mon., Oct. 3
6:30-8:30 p.m.: “Breaking Trail: Mapping Your Route toward Independent Publishing” will feature a panel of four experts in traditional and non-traditional publishing, from idea generation to writing and editing, manufacturing, and publicizing. The panel includes Lael Morgan of Epicenter Press, Flip Todd of Todd Communications, Gerhard Aichelberger of Friesens Books, and author/editor Tricia Brown. The gathering takes place in the Innovation Lab, on the 4th floor of the Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St.
Tues., Oct. 4
5-7 p.m.: The UAA Bookstore, 2905 Providence Dr., welcomes author Clive Thomas as he reads and discusses his book Alaska and the World: Politics and Public Policy.
6-8 p.m.: “Books and Wild Women in the Kitchen” is the title of this foodie event featuring Lael Morgan, Elissa Brown, and Helen Howarth. It is hosted by the Blue Hollomon Gallery / Fromagio’s Artisan Cheese, at 3555 Arctic Blvd.
Wed., Oct. 5
7-9 p.m.: Author Liz Meredith reads from her recent work, Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters, at the UAA Bookstore, 2905 Providence Dr.
Thurs., Oct. 6
7-9 p.m.: Poetry Reading with Alaskan poets Don Rearden, Anne Caston, and Susanna Mishler. The event will be held at Alaska Pacific University’s Atwood Building.
Fri., Oct. 7
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.
7-9 p.m.: The Alaska Quarterly Review presents “A Voice against the Culture of Rape,” with a dramatic reading of Eliese Goldbach’s courageous essay, “White Horse,” featured in the current issue of AQR. A panel discussion will follow with Heather B. Adams, Lindsey Blumenstein, Elsie Boudreau, Sarah Davies, and Meg Simonian. This special event will be held at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, 625 C St.
Sat., Oct. 8
10 a.m.-5 p.m.: The Great Alaska Book Fair connects readers with dozens of Alaskan authors as they browse among book-laden tables. Organized by Publications Consultants, the fair will be held in the Sears Mall, 600 E. Northern Lights Blvd.
4-6 p.m.: Family Reading Day at Barnes & Noble, 200 E. Northern Lights Blvd., will feature three members of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators, Alaska chapter: Dan Walker of Seward, Ann Dixon of Homer, and C.M. McCoy of Anchorage.
7-9 p.m.: Alaska Book Week’s closing event, featuring author Chuck Sassara, will be held at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307. The evening will include a silent auction to benefit the non-profit Alaska Center for the Book as well as presentations to award-winners of the annual UAA/Anchorage Daily News Creative Writing Contest. The library is located at 3211 Providence Dr.
Alaska Book Week 2016 is sponsored by Friesens Books, Alaska Northwest Books and Graphic Arts Books, Arctic Cliffhangers, University of Alaska Press, Todd Communications, Epicenter Press, Custom Mousepads, 49 Writers, Anchorage Public Libraries, Alaska State Library, and the Alaska Center for the Book.