Hometown Alaska: Alaska Center for the Book is working to increase awareness of Native authors

“Shin-chi’s Canoe” by Nicola Campbell, “Not My Girl” and “When I Was Eight” both by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and “My Name is SEEPEETZA” by Shirley Sterling will be available in fourth grade classrooms and elementary school libraries. (KTOO file photo)
(KTOO file photo)

Alaska Native authors have written hundreds of books ranging from children’s stories to novels to memoirs and history books. Have you read any? Do you want to? This week on Hometown Alaska we’re exploring a new project created by the Alaska Center for the Book focusing on increasing awareness and readership of Alaska Native authors and talking about why sharing these works is so important.

HOST: Anne Hillman

Barbara and Ethan Jacko Atwater, mother/son writing partners, authors of multiple children’s books and more
Sara Juday, co-president of the board, Alaska Center for the Book

Alaska Center for the Book
Read Alaska Native reading challenge resources
The American Indian Library Association

Ammon Swenson is Alaska Public Media’s Audio Media Content Producer. He was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from UAA in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and integrated media. He’s previously worked for KRUA radio, the Anchorage Press, and The Northern Light.

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