Linda: 49 Writers weekly roundup

Co-authors Dan Bigley & Deb McKinney at Alaskan Author Showcase, Barnes & Noble Anchorage, October 6

year’s Alaska Book Week (October 5-12) has seen activities and celebrations
taking place all over the state! Click
for news and the schedule of events.

a great week to support Alaskan authors by buying their books—and save money
  • Look for a discount on Alaska Books at Gulliver’s
    Books in Fairbanks
  • 20% discount on Alaska books at The Babbling
    Book in Haines
  • Look for a discount on all books by Alaskan
    writers at Parnassus Books in Ketchikan
  • 20% discount on Alaska books at Fireside Books in
  • Select
    Alaska books on sale at 15% at Old Harbor Books in Sitka
  • 10% discount on books by Alaskan writers at
    Skaguay News Depot & Books in Skagway
if you mention Alaska Book Week
or 49 Writers at the register when you purchase a book at the Anchorage Barnes
& Noble store during Alaska Book Week (October 5-12), a percentage of your
entire sale will go towards supporting Alaska Book Week.

Thank you, Barnes & Noble!

Alaska Center for the Book ABW panel, October 10, on “The Evolution of Alaska Literature” Left to Right: Moderator Sara Juday, Kris Farmen, Mike Dunham, David Cheezem, and Jeane Breinig

We’ve been giving books away each day of Alaska Book Week–have you been taking advantage of this at the Alaska Book Week website? Today’s question is Which Alaska author would you most like to see featured in an interview on national television? Click here to comment.

Register now for one of our Anchorage
classes that start next week:
  • Fundamentals of Poetry with Kate Partridge, Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 23 & 30, Nov. 6, 6:30-9 pm 
  • Sound
    and Fury: Find and Free Your Writer’s Voice with Deb
     Vanasse, Thursdays,
    Oct. 17, 24 & 31, Nov. 7, 6:30-9 pm
  • Writing
    from Research with Kate Partridge,
    Saturdays, Oct. 19
    & 26, 9am-12 pm
Remember too that we’re partnering with the UAA Department of
Creative Writing & Literary Arts to bring you a reading by Nora Marks
Dauenhauer, current Alaska State Writer Laureate, and Richard Dauenhauer,
former Alaska Poet Laureate on Friday, Oct. 18, 7pm at the UAA/APU Consortium
Library, LIB 307. Hope to see you there! Visit the 49
Writers website
for the latest information on all our events.

Do you live or work in downtown
Anchorage? If so, we need a new volunteer to help us distribute event posters
as needed. Also, Loussac Library has invited us to
help with this year’s NaNoWriMo write-ins.
If you’re interested in either opportunity, please contact us.

Saturday, Oct.
12, 10am-5pm,

The Great Alaska Book Fair takes place at Carr-Gottstein Hall, APU. Come and
meet some 40 authors, buy their books, listen to their readings! Brought to you
by The Alaska Writers Guild and Alaska Pacific University, with support from
The Alaska Dispatch.

Oct. 12, 7pm: Literary Reading
by Fairbanks Arts Association in the Bear Gallery. Features nine local authors:
Sue Ann Bowling, Greg K. Shipman, Kathleen Wallace, Catherine Whitney, Laura
Lancaster, Kaiyuh Cornberg, Trilby Cannon, Emma Thomas, and Jim Durkee. For
more information, contact Jill Shipman at or (907)
456-6485, ext. 222.

Oct. 16, 7pm,
Poetry Parley at Hugi-Lewis Studio (on Northern Lights
across from Spenard Roadhouse). Sherry Eckrich is the featured poet; she’ll
read from her own work and selected Maxine Kumin as this month’s marquee poet. Maxine’s work
will be highlighted by various guest readers.

Oct. 19, 3pm
, Mountain View Library, Community
Room: As part of Teen Read Week, meet local manga artist and author Brett Uher
(Dark Moon Diary, artist, and Daemonology, author/artist). Learn
more about drawing manga and creating your own art.

Sunday, Oct. 20, 3:30-5:30pm, Wilda Marston Theatre, Loussac Library: Join Marybeth Holleman to celebrate the publication of Among Wolves. She’ll share some of Gordon Haber’s photographs, storeis, and insights about Alaska’s wolves and sign copies of the book. Royalties will be donated to cosponsors Alaska Wildlife Alliance, National Parks Conservation Association, Center for Biological Diversity, and Alaska Center for the Environment. If you missed Marybeth on Talk of Alaska with Steve Heimel this week, just click on this link to listen to the podcast.

the next couple of weeks, author Christine Byl (Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods) is on her Pacific Northwest
book tour, made possible by the support of the Rasmuson Foundation. You can
find more information on Christine’s website.
If you happen to be in the neighborhood or have friends and relatives nearby,
here’s where you’ll find her:
  • Saturday, Oct 12, 2:30pm, Missoula, MT: Panel at Montana Festival
    of the Book 
  • Monday, Oct 14, 7pm, Moscow,
    ID: Reading at BookPeople of Moscow 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7pm, Seattle,
    WA: Reading at Elliot Bay Books
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7pm, Olympia, WA: Reading at Orca Books 
  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 7pm, Portland,
    OR: Reading at Patagonia Portland Store 
  • Sunday, Oct. 20, 4pm, Bellingham,
    WA: Reading at Village Books
  • Monday, Oct. 21, TBA, Friday Harbor, San Juan
    Island, WA: Classroom visit at UW 
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 7pm, Whitefish,
    MT: Reading, TBA
  • Friday, Oct. 25, 7pm, Missoula, MT: Reading at Shakespeare
    & Co.
Erin McKittrick (Small Feet Big Land)
continues her book tour of Alaska, this week in Southeast. If you live in the
following communities, she’d love to have you attend her reading:
  • Wednesday, Oct.
    16, 6pm:

    Sitka Library
  • Saturday, Oct.
    19, 7pm
    Petersburg Library
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22,

    Ketchikan Library
October 25, 6:30pm, Juneau Downtown Public Library: Reading by Ray Troll, author
and illustrator of
children’s books such as Sharkabet
and science books for children and adults such as Ray Troll’s Shocking Fish Tales: Fish, Romance, and Death in Pictures.
Free and open to all ages.

27, 1-4pm,
Library: Colored pencil drawing workshop with Ray Troll. Free, with all art
supplies provided. SPACE IS LIMITED to the first 30 participants; contact Andi
Hirsh at 586-0442 or to sign up in advance. This event
is sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Library.

October 20, 5pm
 at McNally Jackson Books: Poets & Writers is welcoming Bryan Fierro and Jill
Osier, winners of this year’s Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, to
New York!
These two Alaskan writers will be in
the city to meet with editors, publishers, agents, and others in the literary
community as part of their prize for winning the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange,
which aims to help emerging writers build a professional network. Poets
& Writers will host a reading and reception in their honor. Fierro will be
introduced by Ann Napolitano, this year’s fiction judge, and Osier by Afaa
Michael Weaver, this year’s poetry judge. Free admission. You can read excerpts
from their winning manuscripts

to the 2013 Connie Boochever literary arts fellows! They are Erin Hollowell of Homer, Lucas Rowley of Anchorage, Nicole Stellon
Fairbanks, and X’unei Lance
 of Juneau.
Literary fellowships are awarded biennially by the Alaska State Council on the
Arts and the Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation. The Connie
Boochever Artist Fellowships of $2,500 recognize Alaskans who are emerging
artists of exceptional talent in the performing, literary, visual and media
arts. Any Alaskan individual artist pursuing his/her art form on an ongoing
basis is eligible to apply. 

Finally, we were
delighted by the news that honorary Alaskan 
Katey Schultz‘s Flashes of War has been
awarded the 2013 Gold Medal Book of the Year for literary fiction by the
Military Writers Society of America (
Katey taught for 49 Writers in the spring of 2013 and also gave one of our
first Reading & Craft Talks. We hope to be able to bring her back to Alaska
this coming spring for a workshop in flash fiction.
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