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.

Alaska Native Book Fair

Several non-profit and educational organizations are holding an Alaska Native Book Fair Sept. 13, 2019 to promote reading, writing, and knowledge of Alaska Native cultures. We’ll have author and poet readings at noon and 4 p.m. Participants can visit with published Alaska Native authors and illustrators and buy autographed books. Young ones can draw and write their own books. The event is free and open to the public. Please feel free to share information (PDF file) about the event.

Date: Sept. 13, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Administration Building
Atrium, 4000 Ambassador Drive (near Elmore and Tudor in Anchorage, AK).

To get a taste of the 2018 Alaska Native Book Fair, watch for a video of panel discussions on 360 North on your local public television station.

Alaska Native Book Fair sponsors include the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alaska Pacific University, Atwood Foundation, Best Beginnings, and the Alaska Native Media Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 2015.

The Alaska Native Media Group’s mission is to:

  • Encourage and promote Alaska Natives in all fields of media and journalism
  • Strive for fair, accurate and relevant representation in reports on rural and urban Alaska Natives
  • Promote public understanding of Arctic issues and the history, culture and issues of Alaska Native peoples
  • Connect Alaska Natives who work in media and journalism by sharing ideas and concerns
  • Engage all people interested in our endeavors.

For more information, please call (907) 258-4686, or email Thank you.

Stories: Alaska Native profiles of courage

Have you heard about the book we’re working on?

While the topics of the submissions we publish may vary, we are particularly interested in stories about Alaska Natives who have made significant contributions to our people but haven’t received much recognition. This could be someone in your family, someone you know, or someone you have heard stories about.

You can use the questions below to help you start writing your essay. Pretend you are talking to a friend, and don’t worry about making it perfect; our editors will help with the final product. And don’t forget about pictures to accompany the essay.

  • Who is this person? Where and when were they born? Are they still living?
  • What was their life like? Did they grow up in the village or in the city? How were things different during their time?
  • Why is this person important? What kind of change did they create? What kind of problems did they solve? How did they make a difference?
  • Explain a specific event in which this person made that difference. Were there any hurdles or roadblocks? Did they almost give up? Why did they continue their work?
  • How do you know the person and what is your relationship to him or her?
  • How did this person impact your life or the lives of other Alaska Natives? Try to give a specific example.
  • If you’re having a hard time writing the end of your essay, think about what you want people to understand after they’ve read it. What should they learn from this person? What was the overall impact of this person’s life?

Good luck! And if you need more help, you can always contact us.