Important historical images taken during the Revenue Marine Cutter Bear's journey north to Alaska and Russia make up the key subject of a new book, "Steaming to the North."

David A. James
"Saloons, Prostitutes, and Temperance in Alaska Territory" details the struggle between merchants of vice and Skagway's emerging middle class in the community's early days.David A. James
The author arrived in Fairbanks before the pipeline so he experienced what was then a much smaller town. Outhouses were still common within city limits. People made do with what they had on hand since the superstores were a couple of decades away from arriving. Moose wandered the streets routinely instead of occasionally. David A. James
Be prepared for a wild ride, with many diversions and side-stories. While “This Is How It Really Sounds” might at first glance seem to fall into a manly thriller or adventure genre, there’s nothing predictable here.Nancy Lord
All three Alaska poets philosophize on nature and mourn man’s impact upon it, but it’s Tom Sexton, echoing perhaps the most famous of all Carl Sagan quotes, who says what all three understand: that we are part of it.David A. James
Preston Jones, professor of history and Fulbright scholar with an Alaska connection, will speak on how Anchorage became the leading town in the territory.  Mike Dunham
Like so many others, Gary McWilliams came to Alaska when he was a little adrift in the world, but found enough life in the state to fill a book.Kathleen Macknicki
Susan Burnstine, the juror for the 2015 "Rarefied Light" photo show, will present her juror’s lecture and conduct a workshop next month in Anchorage. And the 2010 "Beerdrinker of the Year" has a book about Alaska brewing.Mike Dunham
A round-up of Alaskan and Alaska-themed books, from a memoir about life in the Bush to a collection of poetry about Alaska and the Yukon.Kathleen Macknicki