Alaska Book Week begins Saturday

Saturday marks the beginning of Alaska Book Week, a statewide celebration of Alaska authors and books. Sponsored by 49 Writers, the University of Alaska Press and Epicenter Press, the week’s events include panel discussions, book displays, author visits and book club events from Barrow to Sitka.

In Juneau, Epicenter Press, the largest publisher of books about Alaska, will be offering readers a chance to win one of their recent releases through Hearthside Books and other stores across the state. The new works include “Hooked: Stories of Obsession, Death, and Love from Alaska’s Commercial Fishermen and Women,” edited by Leslie Leyland Fields; “Bering Sea Blues: A Crabber’s Tale of Fear in the Icy North,” by Joe Upton; and “Salmon Patties and Rosehip Pie Cookbook: Art, Food, and the Coastal Life in Halibut Cove, Alaska,” by Marian T. Beck. Stop by either Hearthside Location during Alaska Book Week to sign up for a chance to win. Find out more at www.hearthsidebooks.com.

In Anchorage, Alaska Book Week festivities include a 49 Writers Crosscurrents onstage conversation on “Fictional Truth” featuring Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction winners Melinda Moustakis (“Bear Down, Bear North”) and Frank Soos (“Double Moon,” “Under Northern Lights”) on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Anchorage Museum of Rasmuson Auditorium.

To wrap up the week, on Oct. 15 Moustakis, whose work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, and the New England Review among other journals, will teach a three-hour course “Writing and the Creative Spark” at the 49 Alaska Writing Center. Registration is required at www.49writingcenter.org.

Check out the Alaska Book Week website, www.alaskabookweek.com, to learn more about book week events around the state.

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