When: Wednesday, October 02, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Chugiak-Eagle River Library Branch : Eagle River Program Room
“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.
A signing will follow the presentation. A limited number of books will be available for purchase at the event.