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.

This is an invitation to participate in Alaska Book Week 2020 which will take place from about October 2 to October 9. We consider “week” liberally. Events in the few days before and after this calendar week can be included.

Despite difficult and changing circumstances we are committed to making Alaska Book Week a lively, stimulating event-filled time. In the past, events included on our calendar were live, in-person events. This year we encourage participants to coordinate virtual events—e.g., video interviews, Zoom author or publisher talks about their books, readers’ reactions to books, exhibits on websites—that we can link to from our Alaska Book Week website or that we can add to our YouTube channel.


To participate in Alaska Book Week, email the following information:

  • who is putting on the event
  • what its purpose is
  • how and when it takes place

Send any images such as book covers, author headshots, logos, venues or other artwork that will help us to publicize your event and Alaska 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.


Something for everyone during
Alaska Book Week

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Preliminary Schedule of Events

Deadline, September 28

Click for Link to Haikus

Haiku Invitational. Alaska Book Week invites you to submit haiku celebrating the ways that reading about Alaska or works by Alaskans has enhanced your world. Traditional Japanese haiku is a 17-syllable, three-line poem typically written in 5/7/5 syllable count. “Haiku, Alaska!” is your chance to combine the simple joy of reading with the directness of the haiku form. 

How to submit: You can submit your haiku to:

Deadline: October 3

  • You may submit up to three haiku. 
  • All entries will be reviewed for appropriate content and posted to the Alaska Book Week Facebook page and on the website.
  • By submitting your work, you affirm that writing is original and your own
  • No cash prizes awarded

Deadline, September 28

Click for Link to Videos

Video Invitational. We invite authors, publishers and readers to submit links to YouTube videos or videos on other platforms or to submit videos that we can post on our YouTube channel in lieu of the opportunity for personal interaction that Alaska Book Week normally allows for. We can also link to podcasts if you don’t want to go the video route. Videos and podcasts would be posted shortly after we receive them and be available during Book Week. If we can archive them on the Alaska Book Week website please let us know. We are also including videos from the UAA/Anchorage Daily News Creative Writing Contest.

A Few Alaskan Women Writers Share Their Stories. This event will be recorded and posted as soon as it is available. Participating writers are: Dana Stabenow, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Vera Starbard, and Heather Lende.

Deadline, September 28

Evelyn Vanderhoop: Museum Midday “Soft Robes of Thundering Power: Mountain Goat Fiber Textiles of the Northwest Coast.” Join us for a discussion with Vanderhoop about her essay that was included in Unsettling Native Art Histories on the Northwest Coast (2020).

Click for Online Ketchikan Museums Facebook Event page.

Friday, October 2

Ketchikan Museum’s Saturday Spotlight. Unsettling Native Art Histories on the Northwest Coast. edited by Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse and Aldona Jonaitis, 2020

“Inseparable from its communities, Northwest Coast art functions aesthetically and performatively beyond the scope of non-Indigenous scholarship, from demonstrating kinship connections to manifesting spiritual power. Contributors to this volume foreground Indigenous understandings in recognition of this rich context and its historical erasure within the discipline of art history. Link to book information.

Saturday, October 3

Saturday Spotlight is a weekly feature of resources that Ketchikan Museums invites you to explore! Once a week, we share with you our favorite picks including books with exquisite photos, detailed research, and local connections.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page and discover our online resources. Visit the Totem Heritage Center’s research library in Ketchikan, Tuesday through Saturday 1-5PM. appointments are also available 8AM-12PM Tuesday through Friday.

Click for Online Facebook 

Online Instagram @ketchikanmuseums

Sunday, October 4-
Sunday, May 2, 2021

Time: 3:00 pm each date

Pièces de Résistance.

Alaska Quarterly Review’s benefit series celebrating AQR’s 40th anniversary kicks off with a live reading featuring Amy Hempel and Stuart Dybek and continues for 20 more free, live, online readings and conversations featuring 58 exceptional new, emerging, and established poets and writers who have appeared in AQR. The series is hosted by the Anchorage Museum in collaboration with The Center for Narrative and Lyric Arts and is moderated by author Heather Lende and AQR Co-Founder and Editor Ron Spatz.
Link to the event.
Link to the series.
Link to all of the events.

Stuart Dybek
Amy Hempel photo by Vicki Topaz

Monday, October 5
Broadcast at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm at 91.1 FM or streaming at It will be archived for free access at after the broadcast.


Hometown, Alaska. Host Kathleen McCoy welcomes  Alaska State Writer Heather Lende. Heather will discuss Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer, which is the book chosen for Alaska Reads, and her new book, Of Bears and Ballots.She will also take listener calls during this LIVE call-in show.

Tuesday, October 6
7:00 pm

Writing Alaska’s Mountains: A ZOOM Conversation with Climbing & Skiing Guidebook Writers. This event features Kelsey Gray, author of 3 editions of Alaska Rock Climbing, and Ice Climbing in Alaska; Joe Stock, author of The Alaska Factor and AMGA and IFMGA guides; Jon Waterman, author of High Alaska and a dozen other award-winning books, and “Outside” specialty guest, Chris Kalman, author of The Index Town Walls.

The group will talk about research, writing, ethics, and mountains. The conversation will be moderated by David Stevenson, author of Letters from Chamonix and Warnings Against Myself.

Thursday, October 8

Museum Midday: Unsettling Native Art Histories on the Northwest Coast: Discussion with editors Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, Aldona Jonaitis, and contributor Lou-Ann Ika’wega Neel whose essay “Ellen Neel and Carving on the Coast: Three Decades of Change and Renewal” is featured in the book.

Thursday, October 8
6:00 pm

Alaska Women Writing the Natural World. This is a live discussion moderated by Libby Roderick that features authors Corinna Cook, Marybeth Holleman, Nancy Lord and Adrienne Lindholm

The land is big and we are not. When we shove off from shore, lace up our boots, or shoulder a pack, the space around us fills with shifting configurations of adventure, anti-adventure, risk, caution, and contemplation. Alongside these, we also remain socially situated—historically, politically, and culturally—as women. And so we find reason to ask: where are the connections (and where are the tensions?) between gender, writing, and periods of immersion in the natural world? In this conversation, we’ll discuss the hard edges, the spaciousness, and the tough questions that Alaska’s out of doors brings to the work we do on the page

October 8
7:00 – 8:00 pm
via GoToMeeting

Romancing the Midnight Sun. Alaskan romance authors Tamsin Ley, Erin McLellan, Miriam Matthews, and LoLo Paige talk with Lynn Lovegreenabout writing Alaska books and what it’s like to write romance as Alaskans.

Date and
Time: To Be Announced

Jamey Bradbury, author of The Wild Inside, and Sharon Emmerichs, author and UAA Professor of English, will discuss getting an agent and getting published. This will be a recorded Zoom conversation. 

Jamey Bradbury
Sharon Emmerichs