Alaska Native Book Fair 2024


Award-winning Alaska Native authors Velma Wallis and Lily Tuzroyluke will be featured at the 5th Annual Alaska Native Book Fair on April 19, a literary event that brings together published authors, aspiring writers, and Alaskans of all ages to celebrate indigenous storytelling and learn about the world of publishing.

The event will include a panel of Alaska Native authors who have written memoirs, including Wallis (“Raising Ourselves” and “Two Old Women”), Katherine Gottlieb (“His Hand Upon Me”), and Carlton Smith (“Roots Tree Totem”).   In telling their personal stories, these authors hope to inspire others to write the story of their own lives.   Twelve published Alaska Native authors will attend the event and will also be offering their books for sale, including children’s illustrated books, Alaska Native history, autobiographies, and fiction.   

“This is an opportunity for new authors to learn about developing their writing skills and for experienced authors to share their unique perspectives with other writers. It’s also a fun time to purchase some wonderful Alaskan books and chat with the authors, as well as leaders in our Native community,” said Roberta Miljure, Chair of the 2024 Alaska Native Book Fair.  “Storytelling is a part of our Alaska Native culture. It’s a powerful and healing way to keep our indigenous traditions and heritage alive.”

The free event, from 12 to 4pm at the CIRI Building, will also feature raffled door prizes and will be livestreamed over Facebook at  The writer’s panel will be from 2-3pm.  Participating authors include: Velma Wallis, Lily Tuzroyluke (“Sivulliq: Ancestor”), Willie Hensley (“Fifty Miles from Tomorrow”), Katherine Gottlieb, Carlton Smith, Ethan Atwater, Barbara Atwater, Bev Sims, Yaari Walker, Phyllis Adams, Maria Williams and Tiny Devlin (represented by Jack and Jackie Devlin). Guests are welcome to bring books for signed autographs.

Alaska Native Book Fair
April 19, 2024
12 – 4pm — Free Admission
CIRI Building: 725 E. Fireweed Lane, First Floor, Anchorage, AK

Sponsored by:  Alaska Center for the Book; Alaska Native Media Group; Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium; Alaska Pacific University; Atwood Foundation; ASD Indigenous Education; Best Beginnings; CIRI; Talking Circle Media; UAA Native Student Services.