Alaska Book Week Calendar of Even†s

Sun., Oct. 1

            2 p.m. Reading and signing with poet Julie LeMay, author of The Echo of Ice Letting Go, at Fireside Books in Palmer.

            7 p.m. Origin Myths and Memories: 35 Years of Alaska Quarterly Review at the Anchorage Museum– Celebrate 35 years of the literary magazine Alaska Quarterly Review. The evening begins with the world premiere of “Shaawatke’e’s Birth,” a short film made of the poem of the same name translated in Tlingit and English by Alaska poets Xh’unei Lance Twitchell and Emily Wall. Following the film, Carol E. Mayer, a curator at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, guides the audience through “In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man,” a presentation exploring the memories, myths and contemporary art of a land of extremes not so different from Alaska, with mountains, volcanoes, rain forest and diverse peoples grappling with their past and future in the Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea.


Mon., Oct. 2

            5-7 p.m.: M. Cote Warner & Louise Willis Sword at the UAA Bookstore, 2905 Providence Dr., Fantasy authors will be presenting at the cozy UAA Bookstore. Sure to be a fantasy enthusiast’s perfect night out.


Wed., Oct. 4

            5-7 p.m. The UAA Bookstore, 2905 Providence Dr., welcomes author Nancy Lord as she reads and discusses her new book pH: A Novel.

           5:30 pm. Friends of the Library will host their meeting with a reception and business meeting followed by Eowyn Ivey speaking at 7:00 p.m., in the Ann Stevens Room of the Loussac Library – free and open to the public.


Thurs., Oct. 5

            10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Blink: Storytime in the Dome at the Anchorage MuseumEnjoy a live retelling of classic and modern tales in this immersive Thomas Planetarium experience in conjunction with Alaska Book Week. Blink engages young children through open-ended play, hands-on workshops, storytelling, art and science. Best for ages 5 and younger. Included with admission.

            7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Julie and Miki Collins. Delve into the roadless world of identical twins Julie and Miki Collins, as they present a slideshow and field questions about their books Riding the Wild Side of Denali: Adventures with Horses and Huskies (Epicenter Press) and Trapline Twins (University of Alaska Press). For more than a half century the Collins twins have lived with their dog teams, Icelandic horses, and a hundred mile trap line; their contributions to Alaska literature mirror a pioneering lifestyle like no other.

Hosted by the University of Alaska Press, UAF Alumni Association, and Epicenter Press, the Collins talk will take place at the Murie Building Auditorium on West Ridge at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This is a free public event. Parking is free after 5 p.m.

For more information, please contact University of Alaska Press at 907-474-5831 or email


Fri., Oct. 6

            5:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Fairbanks Arts Celebrates Alaska Book Week: Book signing by David Marusek
Location: Bear Gallery Gift Shop (3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts), Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701.
Contact: For more information contact 456-6485 ext. 226 or
Celebrate Alaska Book Week the first week of October! Join Fairbanks Arts Association for a First Friday book signing with author David Marusek, featuring his book Upon this Rock, an epic new science fiction series about faith, family, and alien invasion. Set in Alaska, of course.

             7-9 p.m.: Alaska Book Week Bookmark Opening Reception – Sparc: a creative place, 425 D Street, will be hosting the first annual Alaska Book Week Book Mark contest opening reception. Winner will receive a Bosco’s gift card. Book marks will be for sale and entries will be on display for October. Come check out this fun first time event!

            7 p.m.: David Jensen Lecture: Adventures with Layla and Dogs on Alaska’s Trails at the Anchorage Museum – Local photographer David Jensen, recognized by Alaska Dispatch News readers as “2016 Best of Alaska Photographer,” will provide a visual stroll along Alaska trails with hundreds of dogs. He will share engaging anecdotes from the trail and beyond, and talk about his newly released photo books. Joining him at this event is Jensen’s canine hiking companion, Layla. Free.

            6 p.m.: Eowyn Ivey at the Homer Public Library – Author Eowyn Ivey will be making an appearance at the Homer Public Library. Her books have delighted readers across the state and beyond. Join the library for this event that you won’t want to miss!


Sat., Oct. 7

            10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Great Alaska Book Fair at the 5th Avenue Mall – The anticipated Great Alaska Book Fair is returning again! This year it’s held at the 5th Avenue Mall. Be sure to stop by to pick up some great Alaskan books and meet the authors!

            11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Book Launch Party for “Grannie Knows Best – Biblical Bedtime Storiesthis event will be a new addition to our venues. JBER PX Exchange 5800B Westover Drive, JBER, Alaska 99506. Join us for a party to celebrate this new family book!

           6 p.m. Reading with Julie LeMay, au†hor of The Echo of Ice Letting Go at Homer Public Library.

           6 – 8 p.m. Reading and signing with Eowyn Ivey at Homer Public Library.

           7:00 p.m. Presentation by photographer Carl Battreall at Z.J. Loussac Library, Ann Stevens Room, Level 3. His books include Alaska Range: Exploring the Last Great Wild and Chugach State Park: Alaska’s Backyard Wilderness. Battreall has been a professional outdoor photographer for over 25 years, and is best known for his long-term outdoor photograph projects. Carl Battreall Event Flyer

           7 p.m. Fairbanks Arts Literary Reading with Nick Jans. Location: Bear Gallery (3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts), Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701
Contact: For more information contact 456-6485 ext. 226 or
Fairbanks Arts Association’s October 7 literary reading will feature best-selling outdoors writer and photographer Nick Jans, reading from his book The Giant’s Hand: A Life in Arctic Alaska. Weaving tales of life-or-death adventure, everyday life, and personal experiences gleaned from over three decades of arctic experience, Jans creates vivid, poignant images of a land and its people on the cusp of change. The Giant’s Hand is at the same time an inner exploration, brimming with moments of profound, often poetic insight.


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