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      New Alaskan Children’s Books and their Authors in Anchorage

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      March 29, 2019

      Friday   4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

      2901 Spirit Way
      Anchorage, Alaska 99508

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      New Alaskan Children’s Books and their Authors

      Alaskan authors Brooke Hartman, Tricia Brown and Matthew Lasley discuss the art of writing Alaska children’s books, working with illustrators and the steps involved in publishing picture books. Graphic Arts Books/Alaska Northwest Press published books featured.

      • Brooke Hartman: Dream Flights on Arctic Nights
      • Tricia Brown: Charlie and the Blanket Toss; Children of the First People: Fresh Voices of Alaska Native Kids
      • Matthew Lasley: Pedro's Pan, A Gold Rush Story

      Brooke Hartman’s writing has garnered national honors from Writer’s Digest, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her debut picture book, Dream Flights on Arctic Nights, illustrated by Evon Zerbetz, follows the adventures of a child as they soars through the arctic night. Along the way, they encounter a plethora of iconic arctic animals from ravens, and eagles to polar bears and narwhals “The rhyming text is characterized by rich, evocative vocabulary and dramatic rhythm, matched by spectacular linocut illustrations with glowing colors and exaggerated perspectives.” Kirkus starred review

      Tricia Brown has written nearly thirty titles, including ten children's picture books, most on Alaska subjects. In Charlie and the Blanket Toss, young readers learn about Alaska's whaling culture through meeting Charlie, who's working to overcome his fear of being thrown high in the air during the traditional Iñupiat blanket toss. Tricia's first book for children was the critically acclaimed Children of the Midnight Sun. Twenty years later, with the 2019 release of Children of the First People, Tricia once again collaborated with photographer Roy Corral, crisscrossing the state to meet ten young Alaska Natives, and learn about their diverse cultures and traditions. She holds a BA in journalism from UAF and an MFA in creative writing from UAA.

      Matthew Lasley presents Pedro's Pan, A Gold Rush Story. It is illustrated Jacob Souva. Inspired by the true story of Felix Pedro, a prospector who launched one of the richest gold rushes in Alaska’s history, Pedro’s Pan follows Pedro and Pan as they search for gold and purpose in the wilderness of Alaska.

      Matthew Lasley grew up in rural Alaskan community of Central. His family mined for gold near Central as well as in the Klondike. Their operations ranged from large scale to a small family operation. While life was not always easy, he was able to live the quintessential Alaskan experience mining for gold, owning a dog team, hunting, trapping, fishing and camping in Alaska's wilderness. Today is a teacher at Lake Otis Elementary School in Anchorage.

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      Categories: Kids & Family | Literary & Books | University & Alumni

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