This year, Alaska Book Week (http://www.alaskabookweek.com) is October 1-8. As you know if you’ve been following me for a while, Alaska Book Week is a time to celebrate Alaskan authors and books. We have lots of great authors here, so I’ll just mention a few books that have been published recently.
In the Young Adult category, C. M. McCoy’s (http://www.cmmccoy.com) Eerie made a splash when it was released last December. It is a funny, scary, delightful novel about a girl attending a paranormal college in Alaska. “There, she studies the science of the supernatural and must learn to live with a roommate from Hell, survive her ParaScience classes, and hope the only creature who can save her from an evil immortal doesn’t decide to kill her himself.”
In literary fiction, Jimmy Bluefeather by Kim Heacox (http://kimheacox.com) came out to rave reviews late last year. “Jimmy Bluefeather contains echoes of John Irving and Kurt Vonnegut,” says novelist Andromeda Romano-Lax, “but only if they had spent time among the canoe carvers, whale biologists, loggers, and basketball players of Alaska. Heacox, a writer and explorer of renown, offers a genuine, funny, and tender portrait that is rare in the literature of the forty-ninth state.”
Kris Farmen’s (https://krisfarmen.wordpress.com) novel Blue Ticket, also out a few months ago,is “an engaging read, with plenty of action to keep you turning the page…. In territorial days, with no prison system in Alaska, criminals and malcontents were often given a “blue ticket”; meaning a one way ticket on the marine highway to Seattle. Kris Farmen has well rounded characters that you get to know and just a rousing story!“(Lila Vogt, ACB)
A more recent release, To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey (http://eowynivey.com) is “An atmospheric, transporting tale of adventure, love, and survival from the bestselling author of The Snow Child, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.”
And last but not least, Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaskan LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry (http://www.buildingfiresinthesnow.com/the-book/), edited by Martha Amore and Lucian Childs, is on my must-read list. “Within the context of this social change, Building Fires in the Snow celebrates the diverse LGBTQ communities thriving in the cities and rural areas at the edge of Alaska’s rugged wilderness.”
Whatever you like to read, there’s an Alaskan author for you. Hope you take time this week to read an Alaska book or find one to add to your to-be-read list!
P.S. Shameless promotion: I’ll be one of several children’s and young adult authors visiting at the Loussac Library in Anchorage on Sunday, Oct. 2nd. Come upstairs to the Teen Underground room from 1:30 to 3:30 pm if you’d like to hear from us YA authors.