Something for everyone during
Alaska Book Week
Thanks to all who helped make this year’s Alaska Book Week a success. Coordinating an all virtual Book Week was a challenge, but we ended up with a lot of engagement for both live and pre-recorded events—more than we had with past in-person only events.
This year’s Alaska Book Week offered a lot! Participants were invited to write haikus and to share videos, which we posted on our website. Viewers enjoyed a reading by AQR contributing editors. They heard from prominent women writers coping with the pandemic, from climbing and skiing guidebook writers concerned with ethics, and from women writers who considered the connections between gender, writing, and periods of immersion in the natural world. They learned about Native art history. They got a sense of what it’s like to write romance as Alaskans. They listened to a writer discuss the inspiration for her book. They learned how to take their writing projects from manuscript to print, and they got good advice about finding an agent and getting published. And finally, they watched writers share their poems.
Nobody knows what next year will look like but we are committed to taking advantage of the lessons learned this year and in past years to once again organize a viable and robust Alaska Book Week. We welcome any suggestions and ideas to accomplish our goals.
Thanks to our Sponsors!
Schedule of Events
Deadline, September 28
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, October 9
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.
Thursday, October 1
Noon – 1:00 pm
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).
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.
Online Instagram @ketchikanmuseums
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.
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
5:30 pm, AKST
Online with ZOOM
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
The link for this event is https://www.facebook.com/TotemHer…/posts/10157147648155764
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.
7:00 – 8:00 pm
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.
Friday, October 9,
Watch on Writer’s Block Bookstore Facebook Page.
Valerie Miner is the award-winning author of fifteen books. Bread and Salt is her fourth collection of stories. Winner of a Distinguished Teaching Award, she has taught for over twenty-five years and is now a professor and artist in residence at Stanford University. She travels internationally giving readings, lectures, and workshops. She and her partner live in San Francisco and Mendocino County, California.
M.C. MoHagani Magnetek (pronounced: emcee mahogany magnetic) resides in the Spenard community of Anchorage, AK at her Wonder Woman Hideout aka Camp Magnetek. She serves as the M.C. (Mistress of Ceremony) and producer for the monthly Edutainment Nite $100 Cash Prize Poetry Slam at the Writer’s Block Bookstore & Cafe. More…
Saturday, October 10, 7:00 pm
Watch @ Writer’s Block Facebook Live
Monday, October 19
Watch live on ZOOM, ID: 947 0930 1572
or Facebook: press.porphyry
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