- Skinny Raven Frightening 4K Run & Costume Contest
- Visit Anchorage Haunted Log Cabin
- Cookie Decorating at the Hotel Captain Cook
- Join the Alaska MS Center for their annual zombie flash mob, goodies, and more!
- APDEA Child Kinderprint ID in 4th Avenue Market Place
- Anchorage Fire Department Haunted Fire Truck
- Anchorage Police Department Cars & Candy
- Ring the Bell and get a Sneak Peek inside the Anchorage Trolley
- Free Kid-sized Hot Chocolate for kids in costume!
- Author Tricia Brown readings in the Port View room of the Market Place
- Store Discounts
National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. next week. (Okay, actually I'm flying, flying, flying for many hours, from Alaska time to Eastern, from 54 degrees to 90 degrees.) And I can't wait! I'm excited to represent our state's Center for the Book at the nation's "Bookfest." A colleague and I will man a booth in the Pavilion of States, where we'll field questions (mostly about Alaska) and hand out free stuff. They tell me that we can expect to be mobbed and, please, try to not set out the best freebies all at once. (Reminds me of Halloween candy rationing.) My children's book Charlie and the Blanket Toss, illustrated by Barrow's Sarah Martinsen, will be featured as Alaska's choice to represent the 49th state in literature. Book TV will be covering the event, too, but I expect they'll be after the big names like Stephen King and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, not us regular folks. I'm traveling to D.C. early to meet my cousin Dee and spend one day as a gaping sightseer. And what timing! Saturday, September 24, is the dedication of a brand-new, hard-won addition to the Smithsonian Institution: the National Museum of African American History and Culture. President Barak Obama will be making a dedication speech with former President George W. Bush in attendance. Dare I squeeze out into the crowd on the Mall? Absolutely. It's historic! And inside the Washington Convention Center, books-books-books. For me, that's more addictive than Halloween candy!I'm getting ready to skip off to the 16th Library of Congress
here.September 3 marks my last day at Anchorage's Downtown Market. It's been a good summer--I've enjoyed spending every other Saturday talking with travelers who love Alaska and love books--just like me. Most of the customers were either beginning or ending their dream trip. I've shared the booth space with other members of the local Society of Children's Books Writers & Illustrators. (Yes, a mouthful of a title, but a neat, creative group.) Meanwhile, I'm getting ready for a full slate of events this fall. You can check my calendar for updates on upcoming trips to the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., followed a month later by a visit to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the annual Heartland Fall Forum. The D.C. trip is part of my role as an Alaska Center for the Book board member. With another colleague, I'll be manning the Alaska booth in the Pavilion of the States, meeting people, handing out free items, and answering questions. I am honored that the Alaska Center for the Book chose Charlie and the Blanket Toss was chosen to represent our state's literary contribution this year. A month later, I'll be at the Heartland Fall Forum, a trade show is attended by members of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association and the Midwest Booksellers Association. I'll be part of what they're called the "Moveable Feast," an opportunity to sign books and meet the folks on the front lines. I'm looking forward to telling some of them that Bobbie the Wonder Dog walked across their state back in the winter of 1923-24. If you are a librarian, principal, educator, or an otherwise champion of children's books, remember that I am available for school and library visits with two new books in 2016, both of them true stories about remarkable dogs: Bobbie the Wonder Dog and Zig the Warrior Princess. Let's talk about setting up a half- or full-day visit with your students! You can reach me
here to read more. From a publishing standpoint, ZIG: THE WARRIOR PRINCESS was unique--about as non-traditional as you can get. I was the author as well as the book developer, contracted to write the book as well as hire an artist, a book designer, a production person/print buyer, and get the book lined up for delivery to the site where they will be sold: the Husky Homestead in Denali Park, Alaska. If you'd like to obtain a copy, just visit Jeff King's Husky Homestead online store by clicking here. I hope you come to love Zig as much as I have!A teacher-writer friend of mine has a terrific blog, and following the release of ZIG: THE WARRIOR PRINCESS, she interviewed me for details on how the book came together. If you're interested, please click
here to jump to Jeff King's Husky Homestead (Where Sled Dogs are King!) store, and order your copies. ISBN-13: 978-0-692-68607-2I'm happy to announce that hot off the press is Zig: The Warrior Princess, a new children's book that I wrote with Iditarod champion Jeff King! The illustrator is the terrific guy who also produced the art for Bobbie the Wonder Dog. Recognize that gorgeous style? It's Cary Porter! Denali Park resident Jeff King has covered hundreds of thousands of miles in his career as a mid- and long-distance musher, both in training and in actual racing. He's won the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race four times, placing him in a rare club of mushers who've done it, too. But in all those years and trail-miles, he's never had a dog like Zig, he told me. So we planned a book that would tell children, in Zig's voice, why she's the Princess of the dog yard, but at the same time, how she is a WARRIOR on the trail, so intense and focused that Jeff says he's never had such a talented sled dog. Zig is not just another pretty face...a good lesson for adventurous girls, especially! If you'd like to pick up a copy, you may not yet find it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or even in your local Indie bookstore. Starting on June 22, you may click
here.Each year, the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, Alaska, reopens for the summer season on Mother's Day Sunday. That's the day they introduce the new babies to the public. If you've never made the trip out, it's just one short hour from Anchorage to Palmer. Such a great family day trip! On Mother's Day 2016, I'll be there, too, signing copies of The Itchy Little Musk Ox. Come by between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and say hi, or bring your own copy if you'd like me to personalize it. The Farm has a whole day of fun planned, so don't miss it. For more info, click
I'm not a librarian, but I think of them so highly. These men and women possess a passion for reading, but more . . . they understand the way reading affects how children see the world and themselves. They are encouragers. I love the printed word, the look, smell, and feel of a book, it's true. But no matter the delivery, it's content that's key to opening young minds and stimulating the love of reading. In a couple of weeks, members of the Alaska Library Association will meet in Fairbanks for their annual conference. Look for me in the Exhibitor's Hall, representing Graphic Arts Books in their booth. I'll have sneak-a-peek copies of Bobbie the Wonder Dog there, as well as other samples of what's new for Spring 2016, and a whole catalog of other excellent books. If you're at the conference, please stop by! Speakers include young adult authors Debby Dahl Edwardson and Matt de la Pena. They're going to be sensational, I know. (Can't wait!) Click here for more on the conference and an outstanding roster of other presenters: AKLA Conference.