Alaska Book Week is an annual statewide event celebrating the written word. Readers of all ages are treated to a week of author talks, book signings, panel discussions and readings. A list of the Anchorage activities are below. For more information and a statewide calendar, visit the Alaska Book Week website.
Book Week Events at APL
Meet the Author: Annie Boochevar, author of Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska civil rights hero Elizabeth Peratrovich
Mountain View Library
Tuesday, October 1
Chugiak-Eagle River Library
Wednesday, October 2
Friday, October 4
“No Natives or Dogs Allowed,” blared the storefront sign at the young Tlingit Indian girl. The sting of those words would stay with Elizabeth Peratrovich all her life. Years later, a seasoned fighter for equality, she would deliver her own eloquent message. One that helped change Alaska and the nation forever.
Written in collaboration with Elizabeth’s eldest son, Roy Peratrovich Jr., Fighter in Velvet Gloves tells for the first time the life story of this inspirational Alaskan and American hero for readers 10 and up. Fighter in Velvet Gloves was selected to represent Alaska at the 2019 National Library of Congress Book Festival. It is also a 2019/2020 Battle of the Books selection for high school students in Alaska.
Annie Boochever was born and raised in Juneau. After careers as a musician and educator, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. Her first book, Bristol Bay Summer was an Alaska State Battle of the Books selection for middle-grades and an International Literary Classic’s award winner for Best First Novel.
Imagining Anchorage: The Making of America’s Northernmost Metropolis. A discussion with authors Jim Barnett and Ian Hartman.
Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 pm, Loussac Library, Moose Room
Anchorage is an exceptional city. What was once a town site of tents is now the largest city in the state. It just celebrated its centenary in 2015, but it has seen inhabitants for millennia. It is an economic hub grown from railroads, gold, and oil. Yet it still retains its deep connection to the wilderness surrounding it. While there have been histories of the region, Imaging Anchorage is the most expansive and comprehensive take on the city.
Another Chapter: A Talk With the Authors From Warrior’s Creed
Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 pm, Chugiak-Eagle River Library
This thought-provoking reading and talk will delve into the story behind the creation of Alaska Pararescueman Roger Spark’s riveting new memoir Warrior’s Creed.
Retired MASTER SERGEANT ROGER SPARKS has served within the military as both a Recon Marine and an Air Force Pararescueman for over 25 years. Sparks is a recipient of the Silver Star, one of our nation’s highest awards for valor, for his actions during a fierce firefight with insurgents in Afghanistan’s Watapur Valley on Nov. 14, 2010. Sparks has transitioned from a career of special operations into the civilian world as an artist, author and speaker. He lives with his family in Eagle River, Alaska.
DON REARDEN is a professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, producer, screenwriter, and the author of The Washington Post Notable novel, The Raven’s Gift, and co-author of the hit memoir Never Quit. He lives with his wife and two children in Bear Valley, Alaska.
“Twenty Years of Collaboration in Alaska Children’s Books,” by author Tricia Brown and photographer Roy Corral
Wednesday, October 9, 6:00 pm, Loussac Library, Ann Stevens Room
In 1998 the two Alaskans created the children’s book “Children of the Midnight Sun: Young Native Voices of Alaska,” depicting Alaska Native youngsters from across the state through words and photos. Twenty years later, the team revisited the subject in “Children of the First People: Fresh Voices of Alaska’s Native Kids.”
This Friends of the Library event is free and open to the public. For information, see the Friends of the Library web site at librarychampion.com