The Alaska Writers Directory

books by alaskans
published in 2016 & 2017

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The Alaska Railroad 1902-1923: Blazing an Iron Trail Across the Last Frontier (Northern Lights Media), nonficion by Helen Hegener

The compelling true story of the construction of the Alaska Railroad and its predecessors, from 1902, when John Ballaine built the Alaska Central Railroad; through 1923, when President Warren G. Harding drove the Alaska Railroad’s ceremonial Golden Spike in Nenana.

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HUMAN BEING SONGS: Northern Stories (University of Alaska Press), fiction and short stories by Jean Anderson

HUMAN BEING SONGS was a finalist for the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize in Short Fiction from BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2015 and 2016 before being published in 2017 by the University of Alaska Press.


“A Mighty Nice Place” The 1935 Matanuska Colony (Northern Lights Media)
nonficion by Helen Hegener

The Matanuska Colony Project was part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal for America, an unprecedented series of economic programs designed to provide aid to people reeling from the Great Depression.

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Emergency Rations: How One Young Tail Gunner Survived World War Two (Smashwords)
memoir by Rebecca Goodrich

PTSD and a father's love. Bob Goodrich flew 35 missions over Germany in the Second World War, and sought to transmit something of that vital experience to his children.

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Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry (University of Alaska Press)
edited by Martha Amore and Lucian Childs

This path-breaking book collects for the first time Alaska-themed LGBTQ short fiction and poetry and shatters stereotypes about the state to reveal a side of life little seen until now.

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Crossing at Sweet Grass (iUniverse)
historical romance by Laurie Robertson

Crossing at Sweet Grass is about survival and hope. Kallie, a young pioneer woman, travels on a journey of self discovery and heart wrenching events on the Oregon Trail.

Dead Men Do Come Back (Crime Wave Press)
novel by Steven C. Levi

A miner had been shot, frozen and dumped where the Marshal will find him – and what does the body have to do with the robbery of 250 pounds of gold?

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Barn Raisings, Cemetery Cleanings (Indigo Sea Press)
food history/cookbook by Ann Chandonnet

Descriptions of celebrations that no longer take place and involve community labor: nut cracks, bean stringings, threshing, apple parings, cabin raisings, muster day, rent parties. Includes diary entries and a calendar of culinary festivals. Over 150 recipes.

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Fast Into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
literary nonfiction by Debbie Clarke Moderow

A captivating memoir on one woman's attempt to complete Alaska's legendary race, the Iditarod, led by her team of huskies with whom she forms a fascinating and inextricable bond.

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