It’s been fun to see what everyone’s doing for Alaska Book Week (www.alaskabookweek.com). I’ve enjoyed following along on the website and Facebook and attending the events I can.
Wednesday evening author Eowyn Ivey spoke at the Friends of the Library annual meeting and reception at the Loussac Library in Anchorage. She is best known for her novel The Snow Child, which earned her a Pulitzer finalist award. Some of the things she talked about really spoke to me, like how libraries have always been a part of her life. And her new book project sounds great–tentatively titled Shadows on the Wolverine after the river featured in the first novel.
I got my second round of edits from my editor Thursday, so I skipped the events I planned to attend the next couple days. Writing is more important–the rest will have to wait!
Saturday is the first Great Alaska Book Fair, which should be very cool, and is also my public debut as an author. I will have a half-table there and pass out bookmarks to let people know that Fools Gold (my first young adult historical romance) will be out in a couple months! (The Fair is Saturday, Oct. 12, 10-5 at APU, if you’re in town.)
Judging by the events this week and the sheer number of exciting things going on through groups like the ones mentioned here and ones like the 49 Writing Center, I’d have to say Alaska is experiencing a literary renaissance. If you want to attend a book signing or a critique group or a writing workshop in Alaska, there’s one out there for you. If you’re interested in reading an Alaskan author–lots to choose from. There seem to be more writers and more published books coming out in the last few years. And the great thing is, Alaskan writers support each other and do their best to guide new writers in their journeys to publication. I am lucky to be a part of such a group.