The Alaska Writers Directory

Deb Vanasse

Where: Anchorage
Genre(s): Fiction, children's literature
Job(s): Writer
 • Blog: 49 Writers


Favorite Places in Alaska:
Cabin on the Matanuska River.

Deb Vanasse is the author of several Alaskan books for children and adults, including the Junior Literary Guild selection A Distant Enemy. An Alaskan for over thirty years, she lived in the villages of Nunapitchuk, Tuluksak, and Akiachak before moving to Bethel and Fairbanks. In 2010, she became one of the founding Directors of 49 Writers, Inc. and now serves as Interim Executive Director of the 49 Alaska Writing Center, where she also teaches and blogs. Now living in Anchorage, Deb has done author visits throughout the state and in the Lower Forty-Eight.


  • Lucy's Dance (children's), University of Alaska Press, 2011
  • Amazing Alaska (children's), Sasquatch Books, 2010
  • Picture This, Alaska (nonfiction),Sasquatch Books, 2009
  • Off the Beaten Path: Alaska (nonfiction, travel), Globe Pequot Press, 2008 (co-authored)
  • Insider's Guide to Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska (nonfiction, travel)
  • Totem Tale (children's), Sasquatch Books, 2006
  • Under Alaska's Midnight Sun (children's), Sasquatch Books, 2005
  • Alaska's Animal Babies (children's), Sasquatch Books, 2005
  • Out of the Wildreness (young adult novel), Clarion, 1999
  • A Distant Enemy (young adult novel), Lodestar/Penguin, 1997

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Please contact me for readings, workshops, classes, lectures, editorial services, manuscript consultation, school visits.
I work with all audiences.

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Listing last updated: May, 2011

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  Van Dinther, Andrea
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  Wagner, Marie
  Waldman, Ken
  Walker, Dan
  Walker, Tom
  Wahl, Erin Renee
  Wall, Emily
  Ward, Bonnie
  Weaver, Rachel
  Weiss, Miranda
  Welsh, John
  Wesser, Wendy
  West, Carrie
  Wheeless, Marilyn
  Wilterding, Katrina
  Wood, Sidney
  Woods, Roger
  Zeiger, Mark

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