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Next Alaska Center for the Book Board Meeting

Thursday, March 15, 6:00 pm. Loussac Library

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Alaska Reads 2017-2018

Fairbanks Arts Association and Alaska Center for the Book are pleased to announce the Alaska Reads 2017-2018 selection is Steam Laundry by Nicole Stellon O'Donnell.

There will be an event with Nicole Stellon O'Donnell at the Lousacc Library Wilda Marston Theater on March 8. More details to come.

Alaska Reads is a statewide reading initiative with the goal of bridging the vast distances of our state by bringing together a living Alaskan author with readers in a variety of communities and, in doing so, fostering interest and pride in Alaskan literature.

Alaska Reads began in 2015 through the efforts of 2015-17 Alaska State Writer Laureate, Frank Soos, and is a biennial program administered by Fairbanks Arts Association in partnership with Alaska Center for the Book. The program emphasizes publications by living Alaskan authors so that excitement is built around stories by Alaskans. During the winter months, the program focuses on garnering enthusiasm around the selected book and encouraging Alaskans to read the story. In the spring, the program culminates with a statewide tour by the author where individuals who have read the book have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with the author of the book.

Steam Laundry is a novel in poems based on the true story of Sarah Ellen Gibson, a miner's wife during the Klondike and Alaska gold rushes. more…


Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Contest 2018

Elisa Larson of Petersburg High School is the winner of the 2018 Alaska State Poetry Out Loud contest and Jania Tumey of West Anchorage High School is the runner-up. Eleven students from across the state recently competed in the annual contest held in Juneau.

Students prepare three poems to recite and are judged on accuracy, physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic apronriateness, evidence of understanding and overall performance

According to the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, more than 3790 Alaska students from grades 9-12 participated in Poetry Out Loud in their home communities.

The annual competition is produced in collaboration with the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Television coverage is produced by 360 North. The webcast is available here.


Open Mic and Poetry Slam

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Open Mic and Poetry Slam hosted by Erika Bergren and FySH Houck, part of Woosh Kinaadeiyi. Held at Mendenhall Valley Library, 3025 Riverside Dr. Optional fee of $5-10.


Local Author Fair

In conjunction with the Friends of the Library book sale on Saturday, May 5, Anchorage Public Library will host their first ever Local Author book fair in the Z.J. Loussac library atrium. Author registration opens on Monday, February 12. More information.





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.

Letters About Literature 2018

The deadline for this year's Letters About Literature contest has passed. Students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to enter Letters About Literature 2018, a national writing contest sponsored by Alaska Center for the Book and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with Target Stores

To enter, students must write a letter to an author−living or dead−explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves.

To read past winners of the contest visit our archives.

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.


Max & Ruby Books Author/Illustrator Tours Alaska

Acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Rosemary Wells swept across Alaska from Sept. 10 to 16 in a tour that she hoped would meet two goals: inspire adults to read more with their favorite kids, and inspire children to nourish their creative impulses as young writers and artists. Here is a link to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman for a story about her visit to the Valley.

Wells, who has written and/or illustrated as many as 120 books, dozens of them bestsellers, and may be best known for her famous Max & Ruby books about two adventurous, curious bunnies, stars of a beloved cartoon spin-off. Her latest release is titled “Hand in Hand,” from Holt & Co.

In an incredibly generous move, after Wells’ tour has ended, she’s donating a selection of two dozen pieces of her original art to keep Alaskans’ imaginations fueled. They will be displayed in public libraries across the state on a semi-permanent basis. Original art from the Max & Ruby books, Stella’s Starliner, the Sophie books, Nora books, and other Bunny books will be on display at her two public presentations in mid-September, and the artwork will then be distributed to smaller venues across the state.


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.


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.


May 11-13, 2018, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Alaska’s 2nd Annual Alaska Big Thaw Retreat, for all picture book, middle grade, young adult and adult literature authors and illustrators at the Knik River Lodge, Palmer. Workshops by Stephen Barr of Writers House Lit. Agency will present workshops. Also offering optional critique groups and time for quiet writing and illustrating. Optional professional critique available and featuring Alaska cuisine, a cabin, a classroom yurt with a wood burning stove, and amazing views and more. Registration information here.

May 30 – June 2, 2018, North Words Writers Symposium in Skagway is now taking registrations for its 2018. Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief, is the keynote writer. Other faculty include Juneau Writer Laureate and Ernestine Hayes, Portland novelist Willy Vlautin, Juneau poet Emily Wall, Ketchikan writer-artist Ray Troll, Washington writer Colleen Mondor, and Fairbanks writer Frank Soos. Features include author panels, writing workshops, and outdoor activities. For more information, click here.

June 8-12, 2018. 17th Annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference registration is open. now for the seventeenth annual. Held in Homer, Alaska, this nationally recognized writing conference features workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing. Keynote presenter Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award finalist, will be joined by fifteen other writers, poets, and publishing industry professionals. Optional manuscript reviews, agent/editor meetings, post-conference workshop and boat cruise. Scholarships available. All information and faculty bios at our website.