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
Carine McCandless’s motivations appear worthy. She and her parents withheld information from Krakauer -- or at least swore him to secrecy -- about the extent of violence and dysfunction in the wealthy and outwardly successful McCandless householdNancy Lord
Vacations are perfect for genre fiction: murder mysteries, action thrillers, horror tinglers, sci-fi and such. They work best when the authors ask as little of readers' minds as possible.David A. James
In this week's reading the north: Exploring the extremes of Alaska's geology, and a retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves -- with an Alaska twist.Kathleen Macknicki
The Alaska Design Forum is bringing up Robert Wong, co-founder and chief executive officer of Google Creative Lab. Mike Dunham
At the time of his death in 1978, Fred Meyer had five successful “one-stop shopping centers” in Alaska, part of a retail empire that included 59 other stores in three other western states. Scott McMurren
Iditarod tales from veteran sports journalist Lew Freedman. Kathleen Macknicki
Captain James Cook is thought of as an explorer of the South Seas, but a new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum focuses attention on his equally remarkable achievements in the north.Mike Dunham