Story last updated at 10/2/2013 - 2:27 pm
49 Alaska Writing Center will host the third annual Alaska Book Week, Oct. 5-12. Literary events will occur throughout the week in Anchorage, Dillingham, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Girdwood, Haines, Healy, Homer, Juneau, Kodiak, Seward, Skagway, Talkeetna, and Unalaska. The full schedule can be viewed at: www.alaskabookweek.com.
The celebration will kick off on the eve of Alaska Book Week, Friday, Oct. 4, at the Tap Root in Anchorage, with "IPSEITY-Revelations and Words and Pictures by Alaska Quarterly Review," a book launch party for AQR's fall and winter edition. Throughout the week, Alaskan authors will read and discuss their current books at a variety of locations for a range of audiences-including those seeking adventure, those who want to change the world, hopeless romantics and those who comprise our future. Additional events include author panel discussions, writer workshops, and writer meet and greets. The University of Alaska Press will even host a housewarming party at their new location. The week will close on Saturday, Oct. 12, with The Great Alaska Bookfair at Alaska Pacific University, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Alaska Writers Guild and APU.
Featured authors and teachers throughout the week and across the state include: romance novelist, Jackie Ivie; musher, Jim Lanier; distinguished professor, Dr. Alex Hills; author Kaylene Johnson and legendary Dick Griffith; Indigo Editing's Ali McCart; children's book author, Deb Vanasse; author of The Raven's Gift, Don Rearden; The Dominion of Bears author, Sherry Simpson; Dillingham resident writers, Ethel Joanne Nelson, Adam Kane and Amy Eisenburg; Eagle River author and librarian, Zane Treesh; ground truth trekker, Erin Mckittrick; Dirt Work author, Christine Byl; poet and essayist, Carolyn Kremers; New York Times best-selling author, Heather Lende; and Homer authors, Miranda Weiss, Rich Chiappone, Ann Dixon, and Erin Coughlin.
Incorporated in April 2010, the 49 Alaska Writing Center is dedicated to supporting the artistic development of writers throughout Alaska, fostering a writing community, and building an audience for literature, and pursues this mission by offering affordable writing classes and writers retreats and by organizing community literary events.