FAIRBANKS, AK (2009-06-10) Children’s book author Tricia Brown busts some myths about Alaskan ways of life.Â
A few days in Fairbanks at this time of year, and I have to admit sleep deprivation is a problem. Last I checked, the sun was rising at 2:58 a.m., and didn’t set until 12:47 a.m. Did you catch that? That’s barely three hours of “darkness.”
But it’s amazing how much more energy you can generate during those long days. I got sleepy, but I wasn’t really tired-tired.
I had a great time at the Alaska Book Festival, both as a participant and as aÂ fan of many speakers there. I was invited to join a publishing panel, and I also read The Itchy Little Musk Ox and Alaskan Night Before Christmas (just made it a “Christmas in June” atttraction!).
One of my best surprises happened during a tour of the Large Animal Research Station at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.Â I met a traveling couple who asked me to sign a copy of my musk ox book. We were talking aboutÂ their drive up from the Lower 48, and I mentioned my driving guide to the highway, The World-Famous Alaska Highway. It turns out that they had a marked-up, dog-eared copy in their rig—that’s the book they were using on their vacation. Small world, eh?
If you’ve ever used my driving guide, or if you’ve got it on the dash this year, drop me a line. I’d love to hear about your adventures, tooÂ . . . maybe I’ll even quote you in the next edition. Happy travels. And Happy Solstice!
P.S. Maybe you noticed those are palm trees behind my head in that picture. OK, busted! That was taken a few months ago inÂ Florida. I haven’t had time to pull any Fairbanks pictures off my camera yet. Good eye!
Click on the following link to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner coverageÂ during one of my readings at the Alaska Book Festival: Kotzebue the Caribou