Books

One thousand years of human progress -- or maybe regression -- will be covered in 100 minutes in “Western Civilization: The Complete Musical (abridged)."Mike Dunham
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
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
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
"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
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
In 1778, British sailors became the first Europeans to meet Native Alaskans from Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet. Their encounter is recorded in a new book about Captain James Cook's northern explorations.Aron L. Crowell
A century-old ledger of Anchorage's first land sales was rescued from the trash by a local railroad man, and it sheds new light on the city's early residents. Mike Dunham
“Red Light to Starboard” is an exceptional piece of narrative history. The story of one person harmed by the Exxon Valdez oil spill forms the backbone of this book, which weaves personal experience within the larger narrative.David A. James

Voices

Pressing need to define US interests in Arctic as Anchorage hosts high-level meet

OPINION: The Anchorage-based GLACIER meetings offer a useful forum to build both Arctic-wide cooperation internationally, and to consider a domestic Arctic program that does not require Alaska to become the nations’ environmental conscience.David N. Biette,Anita L. Parlow