Books

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
A UAA writing professor will pick up the John Burroughs award for nature writing in ceremonies next month, and a West High student repeats as the state poetry champ.Mike Dunham
Within a month of arriving in Anchorage, Jake was hired as an assistant big game guide and ever since has been actively engaged in hunting and fishing endeavors.Kathleen Macknicki
It is a bit of a disappointment to learn that even at the height of the Gold Rush, crime rates in Dawson City and the rest of the Yukon Territory were remarkably low, and that the Mounties who were there to keep it that way spent a good deal of their time engaged in mundane bureaucratic tasks.David A. James
Two new books reveal the fascinating pasts of Alaska towns that history has forgotten. Mike Dunham
Tlingit carver Wayne Price has begun restoring the historic "Big Dipper" totem in Juneau; UAF theater founder Lee Salisbury has died in Washington.Mike Dunham
The diary is minimalist in both text and artwork. Pages consist of handwritten entries on the left and lightly composed watercolors on the right. Silcox notes in his introduction that the writing here foreshadows the sort of prose Carr would produce in her final years when her health was failing.David A. James
"Book and brew," with sci-fi author Don Rearden, is on tap this week, along with an Irish spring fling and a talk about mushing lore and lies.Mike Dunham