I like to think that reading John Steinbeck's words imprinted on me the first intense love of place that I have kept alive all my life. Some places have charisma to shape stories and draw storytellers to them. Sitka is such a place.

John Straley
Former Alaskan Mary Emerick weaves a lyrical story of remote landscapes. The rhythm of her writing is so lulling, it’s impossible not to read sentences out loud, marveling at the sound.Cinthia Ritchie
Our book critics, Nancy Lord and David James, recall some of their favorite reads this year. It may prove useful to readers looking for Alaska books as holiday gifts or for suggestions of worthy books they may have missed. David A. James and Nancy Lord
A parent wanted the Wasilla Public Library to move one book of advice for LGBT young people, but instead the library will move hundreds of young-adult nonfiction titles to the adult section.Zaz Hollander
An 80-page piece by Adams called “They Were My People” is about his friendships and collaborations with two iconic Alaskan figures, conductor Gordon Wright and poet John Haines.Nancy Lord
"Soul of My Soldier" and a wolf pup rescue during a wildfire at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Kathleen Macknicki
An upcoming writers conference in Homer will feature former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Natasha Trethewey.Mike Dunham
Workshops are scheduled for Juneau, Sitka, Nome and Bethel for artists wanting to apply for Rasmuson grants.Mike Dunham

Supporters of Z.J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage take one last walk down the notorious steps connecting the parking lot with the second-floor entrance at the Slip Slide N’Away event Monday morning. 

Erik Hill
Author Tom Brennan's book on the slaying of Kent Leppink is, without question, squalid and tawdry, as well as appalling. But like the proverbial wreck on the highway, I found myself unable to turn away.David A. James