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Anchorage Reads 2013

The Book - The Snow Child 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.


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