Alaskan author Leon Mensch wins first place, the Gold Award, at the 2020 Moonbeam Children's Awards in Animals/Pets Fiction with his debut book, Me-Now, The Adventures of Mickey the Mushing Cat. CONGRATULATIONS!! For a complete 2020 Winner's List, click here.
We hope to see you tomorrow at the Once In A Blue Moose gift shop at their 4th Avenue & F location in Anchorage for Alaskan author and Kasilof musher, Leon Mensch, new book signing. The signing begins at 1:00 pm, right after the ceremonial start of the world famous Iditarod Sled-Dog Race and before the Fur Rondy's Running of the Reindeer downtown. Leon will be bringing a picture of the real Mickey, his adopted cat, to the book signing too! Come and meet Leon and get a glimpse at Mickey, the inspiration for Me-Now, The Adventures of Mickey the Mushing Cat is the first book in a new series for children, grades 3rd to 5th.
Relevant Publishers LLC was honored to assist author Jeannette Brown in producing her debut children's picture book about service to others. Jeannette is battling early on-set Alzheimer's and a portion of proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to the Alzheimer's Associate to help others diagnosed with this disease. Officially, the book was launched by Dyer West Press in December 2019.
Book Synopsis: In her new book, Emily Higgenbotham, The Gift, author Jeannette Brown shares her legacy of a life of service to others where she learned the most valuable gift we can offer is our love, time, and attention. Emily Higgenbotham is a very little girl with lots of friends. Emily spends time with one of her friends daily. One day, she decides she wants to give a very important gift to her friends. But being so small she wonders how she can really make a difference or give them the right gift. What special thing can she do so they know how she feels? With her mother's help, Emily learns the most important gift she can give is of herself. Emily learns SHE is the gift her friends needed most.
We also had a lot of wonderful children's books including Brooke Hartman's newest release: Dream Flights on Arctic Nights. Ms. Hartman was the Alaska Writer's Guild president in 2019.
The most encouraging author I was privileged to meet was Adam Freestone. Adam writes the Sentinel Flame Series and his bio states, "he is a near quadriplegic man afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy, confined to a wheelchair and dependent on a ventilator, but despite everything he has going against him, he never lets it stand in his way. He is a go-getter, animal and nature lover, MDA participant, and smart minded writer. Everything that goes into his stories is carefully considered, nothing he writes goes down casually." After meeting Adam, I'd have to completely agree! His capitvating book covers are only a hint of this thriving and enthusiastic author. Book 1 is called Hyroe and is a fantasy book that has received 5-star ratings. His second book is coming soon.
Hope to see you at next year's book fair. Until then, you can purchase these books from your local bookstore or on Amazon.
Looking for unique Christmas gift ideas? Maybe you have a friend or relative who makes it difficult to find a present? Well, we have good news! ReadAlaska, Alaska’s largest book fair since 1993 will be at the Anchorage Museum on the second floor, the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving, November 29th and 30th. With thirty local publishers, authors, and photographers displaying hundreds of Alaskan books, most signed and personalized by local authors, finding unique and perfect Christmas gifts are now possible.
Whether your friends like fiction or nonfiction or you’re buying for adults or children, you can’t go wrong with the right book. Gifts are available from impossible crime to fishing adventures, fantasy/sci-fi to romantic suspense. Whether you’re looking for a book on how to survive in the wilderness or surviving your in-laws, there’s a great selection for everyone.
Impossible crime is a subgenre of mystery, where a detective has to solve how the crime was committed before he can track the perpetrators. Steven Levi, Alaskan author of impossible crime, will be showcasing his books including The Matter of The Deserted Airliner, in which a 737 lands in Anchorage with no pilot, no crew, and no passengers even though it was fully staffed and loaded in Seattle and never stopped. So where are the pilot, crew and passengers? When kidnappers ask for $25 million in diamonds, everyone knows space aliens aren’t involved. Now the detective has to figure out how the pilot, crew and passengers disappeared fast enough to stop the payment of the ransom and expedite their return.
Robin Barefield from Kodiak Island will be promoting her book, Murder Over Kodiak, the tale of a floatplane that mysteriously explodes above the Alaska wilderness. Investigators begin digging into the lives of the five passengers and the pilot to determine who was the target of the bomb. Was it the U.S. senator in the midst of a hotly contended re-election campaign or her husband, a corporate raider with no shortage of enemies? Could the bomb have been meant for the cannery owner involved in a contentious divorce, or the refuge manager who has a long list of adversaries? Even the pilot could have been the target, since his girlfriend has violent tendencies and knows how to use explosives. Readers will anxiously engage in this page-turning mystery.
Local Chugiak writer, E.M. Shue, will also be attending for the first time with her steamy romantic-suspense fiction novels beginning with her original Securities International series. E.M’s latest release, Accidentally Noah, is receiving 5-star ratings from Amazon readers and climbing the charts. Romance fans are sure to fall in love with the newest Caine and Graco Saga.
For nonfiction readers, ReadAlaska offers true stories of bush flying mysteries and disasters by Gregory Leifer, the life and dangerous times of a sniper in Vietnam written under the pseudonym of T. Martin O’Neil (for good reason). Of course, the book fair has a wide display of Alaskana books and memoirs, including local Chickaloon author, Hilda Luster-Lindner. We even have pet friendly books. Dog lovers are sure to enjoy Road Trip With Remington Beagle by Valerie Winans, and those looking for spiritual inspiration will be sure to find a little something for the man or woman of faith too.
Over the past 27 years, ReadAlaska also has presented a wide variety of children’s books ranging from Pre-K picture books to chapter books for older readers. This year, Anchorage author Brooke Hartman, current president of the Alaska Writer’s Guild, will be featuring her new release, “Dream Flights on Arctic Nights.” This beautifully illustrated book follows a child’s dreamy flight through the Arctic to discover the animals that live there. From the wolves prowling in the snow to the goats and sheep standing on the mountains to the walrus and sea lions lying on big glaciers, children explore Alaskan wildlife with a creative and poetic flare.
The ReadAlaska Book Fair offers extraordinary Christmas presents. Even better, readers can meet local authors and have their books autographed and personalized. Buying local is the best option. But, if you’re looking for local books and can’t attend the ReadAlaska event the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Anchorage Museum, check out the latest website dedicated to Alaskan books at www.alaskanbooks.com where you can find local authors year-round. All Alaskan authors are welcome to submit their books to this website for inclusion. Building community begins by buying local.
Here's a sneak peek at some of the illustrations in our new book MeNow: The Adventures of Mickey the Mushing Cat, book 1 from Leon Mensch. Releasing February 2020 just in time for the Iditarod!
ReadAlaska will host their 26th annual book fair on the second floor of the Anchorage Museum November 29th and 30th, 2019. As in years past, the event showcases many local Alaskan authors and publishers.
Sharon Aubrey of Relevant Publishers LLC will be there with many of our titles to help you find that special Christmas present for your hard-to-buy for friends and family. Stop by on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday from 10am-6pm and buy local!
Additionally, there is a large craft show featuring local artists on the first level of the museum. A percentage of proceeds benefit the museum.
This year Relevant Publishers LLC is proud to sponsor the first Alaskan Book Booth, where Alaskan authors, illustrators, and publishers will be displaying unique books. Come out August 22nd -September 2nd to meet your favorite authors. We are located on the Red Trail between the Red Gate and the Don Sheldon Event Center (the large, green metal building). A schedule of current author signings is listed below.
We are so excited to receive our booth location on the Red Trail for next year's fair. At the fair you will find not only our books for sale, but many other books from Alaskan authors and publishers. Details of all the authors in the booth will be forthcoming, so plan on visiting our booth next August.
Found Forms in Fiction: Letters, Tweets, & Beyond
Thurs nights in October, 2018 | Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 | 6-9 pm / 12 hours total
Members or full time students: $139 | General enrollment: $159
Cap: 12 | All experience levels
Location: Anchorage, 421 W. 1st Ave, Suite 200 (Alaska Humanities Forum office)
In this four-week class, we’ll study pieces of fiction that borrow formal structures from elsewhere in culture. We’ll study a classic epistolary work, innovative contemporary pieces like Rick Moody’s short story-in-tweets, and more. From there, we’ll identify forms that might be interesting to experiment with (as well as their respective formal possibilities and constraints). Students will write and workshop new stories utilizing borrowed forms.
Instructor bio: Shane Castle is a UAA writing instructor and reader/proofreader forAlaska Quarterly Review. He has worked as a journalist and his short fiction has appeared in venues including Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Salamander, Electric Literature, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Iron Horse Literary Review recently selected one of his stories for its 20th anniversary “best of” issue, and his agent is currently trying to sell his debut novel.
We are still accepting Alaskan authors or Alaskan themed books for the 2019 State Fair Booth in Palmer, Alaska. If you are interested in having your books available to the 300,000 participants that attend the State Fair, then see our partner webpage for more information.
Author Hilda Luster-Lindner is currently available for fans to meet her and obtain autographed copies of her latest book, Small Moccasin Tracks, at the Cantwell Lodge located in Cantwell, Alaska. If you are traveling between Fairbanks and Anchorage or Wasilla, be sure to stop and say hello to Hilda!
The Alaska Writer's Guild writers and illustrators conference will be held September 21-22, 2018. There will be many opportunities for authors and illustrators to expand their skills and meet other professionals in the field. Friday, August 10th is the last day to receive the early bird special. For more information please contact the conference website.
Alaskan author, Mary A. Havens, will be at the Wasilla Public Library on August 17th for book signings to meet & greet her fans. Her book, The Shadows in My Heart, deals with the hidden trauma of abuse.
Mary A. Havens, author of The Shadows in My Heart will be at the Writer's Block Cafe July 31st
Small Moccasin Tracks: Memories of an Alaskan Mountain Family is the first book of memories from Hilda Luster-Lindner of growing up in Alaska during and after Territorial Days. Johnny Luster, the famous hunting guide and mountain man, was Hilda’s father. Her mother, Lillie, lived primarily alone in the wilderness, giving birth to most of her children in very primitive conditions, some under trees, and raised them in the wilds of the Last Frontier. Through hardships and tragedy, blizzards and summer flooding, the Luster family lived in the great outdoors or in small trapper cabins, surviving on what was gathered from the land. While life was extreme and often difficult, they found love and happiness. Learn their secret as you journey back in time to a simpler life, wild and rugged where each day was a battle for survival. This newly revised book has more pictures and memories! Available July 19th.
Hilda has approved the new cover for Small Moccasin Tracks: Memories of an Alaskan Mountain Family. This second newly revised, edition of her classic memoir is filled with more pictures and whimsical tales. Schedule for release July 19, 2018. Don't you just love the aerial photo of these snow covered trees?
Next year, Relevant Publishers LLC is hosting a new booth promoting Alaskan authors, illustrators, publishers, musicians and bands at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. This booth was created to help Alaskans artists bring their work to the general public on a larger scale without too much of a financial burden. With approximately 300,000 participants attending the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, the AK Books & Music Booth is a great way to
Authors will have more opportunities to promote their titles with 2-hour time slots available for author/album signings. In addition to the booth in August, each author/musician will have their name and work featured on the AK Books and Music website and social media links. There will also be a Christmas newsletter sent out to Fair customers who signed up at our booth, giving even more potential opportunities for sales.
Authors who are out-of-state residents that have written books on Alaska or Alaskan topics are eligible for consideration to join the Alaska Books & Music booth in 2019.
Sign up early to reserve your Title Space.
Relevant author, Sharon Aubrey, has received her first 5 star book review rating from the Christian website Interviews & Reviews from reviewer Hanna Olson. Ms. Olson writes:
"Sharon Aubrey's, Redemption's Secret: Understanding the Mystery of Nisan 17, The Most Important Date in History is full of intrigue and biblical history that many of us tend to overlook. She breaks down our Lord's calendar and discusses important historic events that all occurred on Nisan 17 and what that means for us today.
I found this book an exciting and a fast-paced read. I enjoyed the ease in which this story flows and its meaningful content. Ms. Aubrey has successfully tackled a potentially confusing subject and explains it in an easily understandable way. Not only does this work explain the significance of Nisan 17 but it also touches on the Hebrew language, numbers, and word meanings, all of which I find fascinating.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Bible or in the way God reveals His ways to us. This makes for a great Bible study and introduction into God's calendar. I'm looking forward to more from this author."