Letters About Literature
Students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to enter Letters About Literature, a national
writing contest sponsored by Alaska Center for the Book and the Center of the Book in the Library of Congress. Information
about the 2015 Letters About Literature contest is available on this website and will be available on the Library of Congress Center for the Book site soon. The deadline
for the 2015 contest is December 15, 2014 for grades 9-12 and the deadline for grades 4-8 is January
Poems in Place Dedication and Celebration
Yup'ik Place Names and the Poetry of Place. Tim
Troll and Molly Chythlook will share their knowledge of Yup'ik place names, the first naming of place. Join in a creative
writing exercise with poet Wendy Erd. The workshop is free and open to the public. All are welcome. School House Inn, Lake
Aleknagik, Saturday, September 6, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.
Join the celebration at the unveiling of the new Poem in Place
at Lake Aleknagik State Park. Reading by selected poet Tim Troll followed by refreshments and celebration. Lake Aleknagik
Landing, 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
To register or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Aleknagik event poster
Poems in Place is supported by Alaska State Parks, Alaska Center
for the Book, the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Humanities Forum, the Usibelli Foundation,
Alaska Poetry League and numerous generous individuals.
Sue Sherif Literacy Award
This year, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program encouraged us to create a special award for literacy.
We've chosen to name that award for someone special--a longtime Alaska Center for the Book board member, herself a former
CLIA recipient, who is retiring from the state library system. She has dedicated her career to readers of all ages in all
parts of the state. Her passion for libraries, books and readers are an inspiration to many people around Alaska.
The first recipients of the Sue Sherif Literacy Award are members of a team that created interactive children's
books in Cup'ik. Joseph Gorski is director of technology and federal programs for the Kashunamiut School District in Chevak.
Dr. Bob Wicker is director of the Consortium for Digital Learning of the Association of Alaska School Boards. They helped
form a team which translated an interactive book series into the Chevak region's language. Finding books that are relevant,
accessible and affordable to Alaska Native language speakers has been a longtime goal of the Alaska Center for the Book, and
we're delighted that this program is so successful.
A well-known Alaskan writer, a bookstore
owner, a team creating interactive children’s books in Cup’ik, and a program that preserves Alaska Native languages
share the 2014 Contributions to Literacy in Alaska (CLIA) awards.
Honorees include former Alaska writer laureate
Nancy Lord, of Homer; Palmer bookstore owner David Cheezem; and the Alaska Native Language Archive at the University of Alaska
Fairbanks. A newly-received literacy award is being presented to a partnership between the Kashunamiut School District of
Chevak and the Association of Alaska School Boards, which produced an interactive reading program.
The CLIA Awards were
presented Tuesday, July 15 at the Arts Building on the University of Alaska Anchorage
The CLIA awards are presented annually by the Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska’s liaison with the U.S. Library
of Congress Center for the Book. The awards go to people and institutions who have made a significant contribution in literacy,
the literary arts, or the preservation of the written or spoken word in Alaska. Nearly 70 people and organizations statewide
have been honored over the past 22 years.
For more information about this
year's CLIA Award winners click here.
Alaska Book Week Dates Announced
Alaska Center for the Book and 49 Writers announced that Alaska Book Week will take place October 4-11. This week-long
celebration concludes with the Great Alaska Book Fair.
Alaska Book Week is an annual celebration
that promotes Alaska's authors and books. Libraries, booksellers, educators, and schools statewide honor these authors
and books with displays, author visits, book club events, press, and more. Communities throughout the state are encouraged
to create their own unique events, and the organizers are happy to promote them on the Alaska Book Week website.
Creative Writing Contest WinnersThe
University of Alaska Anchorage and the Anchorage Daily News joined in partnership
with the Alaska Center for the Book to once
again present Alaska writers the opportunity to compete in this annual event. The Grand
Prize winn was Hannah Gershel, of Eagle River High School for her story, "Still Life." The Editor's
Choice award was given to Michaela Hack, a Homeschooled student from Ketchikan for her entry,
"A Wolf in the Woods." Winning entries are awarded cash
prizes, announced in the Daily News and selected entries
will be published in the Daily News and posted on LitSite Alaska (LitSite.org).
For more information visit adn.com/creativewritingcontest.
Next Alaska Center for the Book Board
Thursday, September 11, 6:00 pm. Diplomacy Building, UAA Campus.
Contact us for information.