Alaska Book Week

 Alaska Book Week is a statewide celebration, coordinated by the Alaska Center for the Book, that annually celebrates the multi-faceted ways that we appreciate books, from readings to panels, lectures, discussions, and youth activities. Alaska Book Week takes place around the first week in October.

Alaska Book Week 2021 Schedule of Events

Video Invitational

Stir up interest in Alaska books and authors! Are you a publisher or an author of books about Alaska? A reader of books about Alaska and books by Alaskans? Help us stir up interest in these books. By September 30, create a video or podcast to share with others during Alaska Book Week.  More information…

Alaska Quarterly Review Reading & Conversation

Featuring Corinna Cook and Keema Waterfield
Sponsored by The Center for the Narrative & Lyric Arts

Monday, September 27
6:00 pm
This event will stream live on Alaska Quarterly Review‘s Facebook Page and Alaska Quarterly Review‘s YouTube Channel.

Corinna Cook is the author of Leavetakings, an essay collection (University of Alaska Press, 2020). Her nonfiction has appeared in publications such as Flyway, Alaska Quarterly Review, Ocean State Review, and Alaska Magazine. Her academic writing appears in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and New Writing: The International Journal for the Theory of Creative Writing and Pedagogy and American Literary Studies. Cook earned a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri. With the support of a 2018-19 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2018 Alaska Literary Award, and a 2020 Rasmuson Foundation Project Award, she is now writing an ekphrastic that looks at contemporary Alaska and Yukon artworks and searches for ways to live with colonial history.
Keema Waterfield is the author of the memoir Inside Passage (Green Writers Press, 2021) that Kirkus Reviews deemed “a deeply stirring story of innocence lost and family found.” Her nonfiction has appeared in Brevity, Pithead Chapel, Redivider, The New York Times, and Wired. Her essay “You Will Find Me in The Starred Sky” was named a notable in The Best American Essays 2017. She received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Montana. A former Alaskan, Waterfield now resides in Missoula, Montana.

Black History in the Last Frontier

Black History in the Last Frontier: 
Historians Ian Hartman and Cal Williams discuss the history of African Americans in Alaska and the book, Black History in the Last Frontier, published in cooperation with the National Park Service. This little known history connects to broader themes in U.S. history such as the Great Migration, the Civil Rights Movement, community activism, and the more recent Black Lives Matter movement. 
Cal Williams is a historian and community archivist. He was an advisor to the exhibit Black Lives in Alaska at the Anchorage Museum. 
Ian Hartman is a professor of history at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

Link to interview with Cal Williams and Ian Hartman here.

Link to pdf of Black History in the Last Frontier here.

Cal Williams

Ian Hartman

Book price is $18
All proceeds for Museum fundraiser.

Video Trailer Book Link here…

Book Signing with Col. Suellyn Wright Novak, USAF, Ret

Alaska Veterans Museum, located in the blue Market Place Mall, 4th and D.

Saturday, October 2
Saturday, October 9
Noon to 4:00 pm each day.

We began in 2001 with a dream, a few VFW Brothers and sisters and other concerned citizens. They wanted a museum to tell the stories of individual Servicemen and Servicewomen, as well as showcase the military’s contributions to Alaska, using weapons, uniforms, artifacts, photos, posters, models, dioramas and more. Forest and Cathy Brooks had helped form a similar museum in Centralia then Chehalis, WA and were ready to help start one here. MORE…

Col. Suellyn Wright Novak, USAF, Ret. was born June 4, 1951, in Sharon , Pennsylvania and raised on an orchard/ranch outside nearby Greenville, Pennsylvania. She graduated with honors, from Reynolds High School in 1969 and then attended Grove City College in Grove City, PA. She graduated May 19, 1973 with a major in biology and a minor in secondary education. She was also commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force on the same date, fulfilling a dream from the third grade! MORE…

Col. Suellyn Wright Novak, USAF, Ret.

David Stevenson, High Places, Sacrifices, Mysteries Book Release

Writers Block, Friday October 8, 7 p.m.  Planned as an in-person event with livestreaming, Subject to change!

“Technically essays [not poetry]–but the distinction drops away with a work such as this.” ~John P. O’Grady

David Stevenson has received the Boulevard Award for Emerging Writers, the Montana Prize for  Fiction, and the Banff Mountain Book Award for Fiction and Poetry. He was awarded the H. Adams Carter Literary Award by the American Alpine Club. High Places, Sacrifice, Mysteries is his fourth  book. He lives in Anchorage.

David Stevenson

Remembering Frank Soos

Sunday, October 10, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

The members of the Alaska Center for the Book wish to celebrate the life of our dear friend, mentor, supporter and wonderful human being, Frank Soos.

Please join us via Zoom (a link will be provided), on Sunday, October 10th, 2-4 p.m. Friends of Frank will share memories and read a piece from his essays and poems.


Peggy Shumaker
Kesler Woodward

David Abrams
Nancy Cook
Wendy Erd
John Gimbel
Robert Hannon


Ernestine Hayes
Tom Kizzia
Nancy Lord
Dave Musgrave
David Stevenson

Stan Jones Presents Seventh Nathan Active Mystery Novel

Alaska mystery author has just released his seventh mystery novel, Ghost Light, featuring Nathan Active, the police chief of a small northern Alaska town. A book signing is scheduled for November 5, at Georgia Blue Gallery.

“With the help of an Alaska Native grandmother suffering from dementia, Chukchi police chief Nathan Active hunts down the killer who hid a woman’s expertly dismembered body in the ice cellar of an abandoned Inupiat fish camp. Theinvestigation pulls Active into a dark tangle of love and jealousy, even as he struggles with the PTSD that has haunted him since being wounded in a shootout in an earlier case.” More…

Link to Stan Jones introducing and reading the first chapter of Ghost Light.

Martha Amore
Lucian Childs

Writing Rescue Stories

Writers Lucian Childs and Martha Amore share their personal stories of being rescued by Alaska’s heroic emergency workers, many of whom are volunteers. In the discussion, Childs and Amore focus on ways to approach, structure, and detail rescue stories to maximize effect. They also share further reflections on their own stories. 

Martha Amore lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her family and teaches writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiction and an Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D. in creative writing. Winner of a Rasmuson Individual Artist Award, she is a contributing editor of the University of Alaska Press anthology Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry, which was a finalist for a LAMBDA Literary Award. Her collection of short fiction, In the Quiet Season & Other Stories, was published in 2018. She is currently hard at work on a new book.


This event will be a recorded discussion. It will be available soon.

Stay Tuned! We will be posting more information about Alaska Book Week 2021 very soon.