Food and what we do with it help define who we are, no matter our culture. In the book’s introduction, Atkan Crystal Stetzof Dushkin says, “Traditional foods are important because traditional foods are one of the last things that we have left to remind us what it means to be Unangax.”

Nancy Lord
The author's knowledge of the terrain and climate make the difference. A sea kayaker and backcountry explorer himself, Paul Greci has spent ample time in Prince William Sound. He knows the plant, animal and sea life.David A. James
The author behind the James Abel pseudonym is Bob Reiss, an accomplished New York-based journalist and author who has spent considerable time in the Arctic, including a trip on the icebreaker Healy. In 2012 he published the well-regarded “The Eskimo and the Oil Man."Nancy Lord
A wide-ranging biography of the fascinating and ultimately self-defeating life of Nikolai Rezanov, "Glorious Misadventures" presents the context in which Alaska was settled and the reasons the region ultimately failed to give Russia a greater presence as a world power.David A. James
The Arctic and Antarctic photographs are stunning and slowly reveal a world both timeless and rapidly changing. Most -- but not all -- depict the waters around Svalbard to the north and Antarctica to the south. For those who will never visit these regions, they reveal an area of the world humanity has scantly touched yet is actively reshaping from afar.David A. James

The small independent bookstore Fireside Books is quiet on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, just before closing. Best-selling author James Patterson gave Fireside Books in Palmer $7,500 this week -- no strings attached. Owner David Cheezem says he will use the money to promote Alaska authors. 

Bob Hallinen
If each poem in the latest issue of AQR is partly an answer to the question “What the hell is poetry, anyway?” there are six wildly unique responses from poets with a connection to Alaska. Eva Saulitis
Short looks at "Saloons, Prostitutes and Temperance in Alaska Territory" and "Charlie and the Blanket Toss."Kathleen Macknicki
This week: Author Glen Klinkhart and translator Andrea Gregovich speak; Anchorage Symphony showcases works for winds; and Yup'ik spellers compete. Mike Dunham