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Calling all Book Clubs!
'The Snow Child' Book Club Bags are available! Bags contain 10 books, author biography and ten book club tips in a tote bag. Check out is for 6 weeks (no renewals). To place your hold, click on the title link, and you will be taken to the Catalog to place hold for pick-up at the library of your choice.

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'How a Bookstore Changed My World' - essay by Eowyn Ivey


External links:

Eowyn Ivey's website
Alaska Humanities Forum
49 Writers
Alaska Public
2013 Anchorage Reads

Anchorage Reads  •  January-February

The Book - The Snow Child

The 2013 Anchorage Reads selection is 'The Snow Child.' Inspired by a Russian fairy tale, the debut novel by Alaskan author Eowyn Ivey is about a childless couple who homesteads in Alaska in the 1920s.

The book has become an international phenomenon and was selected for its beautiful prose nad connections to the Alaskan land and lifestyle. The book's prevalent theme of Alaskan winter will be fitting for this event which runs in January and February 2013.

“Whimsical and melancholy, believable and not, The Snow Child is, at its generous heart, an honest exploration of the weight of grief and the saving grace of love. Its true magic lies not in the question of whether Faina is real or imagined, but in the poetic detail of the world of Alaska in which we are immersed, and the understanding it brings to the too-often real grief of childlessness.”

–Meg Waite Clayton, Huffington Post

Planned Programs

January 18  – Meet the author reception at the Alaska Humanities Forum.

February 2  – Build a Snow Child, family event at the Loussac Library with hot cocoa, cookies, a DJ and an ice carving.

February 4 – UAA Book Store book signing and interview.

February 6  – Interview on 91.1FM KSKA with Eowyn Ivey.

February 9 – Writing workshop arranged by 49 Writers.

February 9 – Alaska authors panel discuss their writing.

February 16 – Anchorage Reads finale at the Wilda Marston Theatre featuring a Russian dance troupe performing The Snow Maiden as well as Eowyn Ivey’s brief reading and Q & A.

February 18  – The snow maiden fairy tale in Russian folklore, literature, music and art is discussed by Professor Victoria Kononova. Co-sponsored with UAA Book Store.

The Author - Eowyn Ivey

Eowyn (pronounced A-o-win) LeMay Ivey was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters. Her mother named her after a character from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

The Snow Child is Eowyn’s debut novel. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in London’s Observer Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine, Sunday Express Magazine, Woman & Home Magazine, the anthology Cold Flashes, the North Pacific Rim literary journal Cirque, FiveChapters, and Alaska Magazine.

Prior to her career as a bookseller at Fireside Books and novelist, Eowyn worked for nearly a decade as an award-winning reporter at the Frontiersman newspaper. Her weekly articles about her outdoor adventures earned her the Best Non-Daily Columnist award from the Alaska Press Club.


The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Project led the way to revitalize the role of literature in communities across the nation. Anchorage Reads is an Anchorage Public Library program to promote reading, literacy and community-building by encouraging people of different ages and backgrounds to engage in a shared reading experience and talk about one book.

We greatly appreciate the generosity and commitment of our past and present sponsors and local community partners. Anchorage Reads 2013 runs in February 2013. Anyone can participate. Pick up the current book at your local library or bookstore and get reading!

  • 2013 - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • 2012 - The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • 2011 - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • 2010 - Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • 2009 - The Trap by John Smelcer
  • 2008 - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • 2007 - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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