Juneau’s participation in the statewide celebration of Alaska Book Week continues this week with two local presentations, both happening tonight.
First up, at 5:30 p.m. tonight, is an author talk with UAS professor Ernestine Hayes, who will discuss her upcoming book, “Juneau: Images of America,” at the Downtown Public Library. This event is free and open to all ages and is sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Library.
Then at 7 p.m., Seldovia-based writer Erin McKittrick will be signing her new book, “Small Feet, Big Land: Adventure, Home and Family on the Edge of Alaska,” at Centennial Hall. McKittrick’s first book, “A Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles by Boot Raft and Ski,” chronicled her journey from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands with her husband, Hig. Her new book follows the couple as they continue their exploration of Alaska’s coastline with their two young children, Katmai and Lituya. For more on the McKittricks, visit www.groundtruthtrekking.org.
At the event, local filmmaker Greg Chaney will give the audience a sneak preview of his upcoming film, “A Life on Ice.” The documentary has been accepted into the Banff Mountain Film Festival, where it will debut later this month. Chaney’s 2010 documentary on the McKittrick’s, “Journey on the Wild Coast,” won a “Best in Fest” award at the Anchorage International Film Festival as well as a Special Jury Award at Banff. His new film chronicles the couple’s two-month adventures with their kids on and near the Malaspina Glacier.
Alaska Book Week is hosted by the 49 Alaska Writing Center. In addition to Juneau, literary events have been occurring throughout the state. The full schedule can be viewed at: www.alaskabookweek.com.
Anchorage events have included a book launch party for AQR’s fall and winter edition and a housewarming party for the University of Alaska Press at their new location, as well as panel discussions, writer workshops and writer meet and greets.
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.
Find out more at 49writers.blogspot.com and www.49writingcenter.org.