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.
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Preliminary 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: email@example.com
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
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.
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).
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
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.
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
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
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
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Romancing the Midnight Sun. Alaskan romance authors Tamsin Ley, Erin McLellan, Miriam Matthews, and LoLo Paige talk with Lynn Lovegreen about writing Alaska books and what it’s like to write romance as Alaskans.