A well-known Alaskan writer, a bookstore
owner, a team creating interactive children’s books in Cup’ik, and a program that preserves Alaska Native languages
share the 2014 Contributions to Literacy in Alaska (CLIA) awards.
Honorees include former Alaska writer laureate
Nancy Lord, of Homer; Palmer bookstore owner David Cheezem; and the Alaska Native Language Archive at the University of Alaska
Fairbanks. A newly-received literacy award is being presented to a partnership between the Kashunamiut School District of
Chevak and the Association of Alaska School Boards, which produced an interactive reading program.
The CLIA Awards will
be presented Tuesday, July 15 at the Arts Building on the University of Alaska Anchorage
campus. A dessert reception begins at 7:30 p.m., with a brief awards ceremony at 8 p.m.
The event will be followed by a staged reading of Zack Rogow’s “Tangled Love: The Life and
Work of Yosano Akiko,” part of the Northern Renaissance Arts and Sciences Reading Series of UAA’s
summer low-residency MFA program. Rogow, an associate faculty member of the MFA program,
is the author, editor or translator of 20 books and plays. Steven Hunt, director of the
performance, is a director, playwright, and assistant professor of theater at UAA.
The CLIA awards are presented annually by the Alaska
Center for the Book, Alaska’s liaison with the U.S. Library of Congress Center for the Book. The awards go to people
and institutions who have made a significant contribution in literacy, the literary arts, or the preservation of the written
or spoken word in Alaska. Nearly 70 people and organizations statewide have been honored over the past 22 years.
For more information about this year's CLIA Award winners click here.
Poems in Place steering committee recently selected two winning entries from
Winning Poems Chosen for Alaska's State Parks
a diverse outpouring of poems written by
Alaskans, said Wendy Erd, the Poems in
Place project coordinator.
"On behalf of Alaska Center for the
Book, Poems in Place would like to thank the
many people across the state that submitted /and or nominated poems for
year's parks. It was moving to read the many ways in which people expressed their
connections to these
places," Erd said. More...
Alaska Book Week Dates Announced
Alaska Center for the Book and 49 Writers announced that Alaska Book Week will take place October 4-11. This week-long
celebration concludes with the Great Alaska Book Fair.
Alaska Book Week is an annual celebration
that promotes Alaska's authors and books. Libraries, booksellers, educators, and schools statewide honor these authors
and books with displays, author visits, book club events, press, and more. Communities throughout the state are encouraged
to create their own unique events, and the organizers are happy to promote them on the Alaska Book Week website.
Creative Writing Contest WinnersThe
University of Alaska Anchorage and the Anchorage Daily News joined in partnership
with the Alaska Center for the Book to once
again present Alaska writers the opportunity to compete in this annual event. The Grand
Prize winn was Hannah Gershel, of Eagle River High School for her story, "Still Life." The Editor's
Choice award was given to Michaela Hack, a Homeschooled student from Ketchikan for her entry,
"A Wolf in the Woods." Winning entries are awarded cash
prizes, announced in the Daily News and selected entries
will be published in the Daily News and posted on LitSite Alaska (LitSite.org).
For more information visit adn.com/creativewritingcontest.
Letters About Literature
Information about the 2014 Letters About Literature
contest is available on this website and on the Library of Congress Center for the Book site. The deadline for the 2014 contest was December 10, 2013 for grades 9-12 and the deadline for grades 4-8 was
January 10, 2014.