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ALASKA PRESS Spring 2018 Catalog


Ordering Information . . 2 Contact Information . . 2 New Books . . . . . . . . 3 Popular Backlist Titles . 14 Popular Kids Titles . . . 16

On the cover: Artwork by Conrad Fields featured in Entangled: People and Ecological Change in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay by Marilyn Sigman (p. 3).







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ENTANGLED People and Ecological Change in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay



Entangled People and Ecological Change in Alaska's Kachemak Bay MARILYN SIGMAN February 296 p. | 6 x 9 978-1-60223-348-5 978-1-60223-349-2 (ebook) Paper $16.95 Nature

Chronicling her quest for wildness and home in Alaska, naturalist Marilyn Sigman writes lyrically about the history of natural abundance and human notions of wealth—from seals and shellfish to sea otters, herring, halibut, and salmon—in Alaska’s iconic Kachemak Bay. Kachemak Bay is a place where people and the living resources they depend on have ebbed and flowed for thousands of years. The forces of the earth are dynamic here: they can change in an instant, shaking the ground beneath your feet or overturning kayaks in a rushing wave. Glaciers have advanced and receded over centuries. The climate, like the ocean, has shifted from warmer to colder and back again in a matter of decades. The ocean food web has been shuffled from bottom to top again and again. In Entangled, Sigman contemplates the patterns of people staying and leaving, of settlement and displacement, nesting her own journey to Kachemak Bay within diasporas of her Jewish ancestors and of ancient peoples from Asia to the southern coast of Alaska. Along the way she weaves in scientific facts about the region as well as the stories told by Alaska’s indigenous peoples. It is a rhapsodic introduction to this stunning region and a siren call to protect the land’s natural resources in the face of a warming, changing world.

Marilyn Sigman is a specialist in marine education and wildlife management who taught and served as a naturalist guide for more than a decade in Kachemak Bay. 3


Ivory and Paper Adventures In and Out of Time RAY HUDSON

248 p. | 6 x 9 978-1-60223-346-1 978-1-60223-347-8 (ebook) Paper $16.95 Young Adult Fiction

“You might be in danger.” Thirteen-year-old Booker leads a sheltered life in Vermont—until a spellbinding relic throws him skidding into a world of magic and myths come to life. Anna is an Unangax teenager looking for answers after her long-absent mother reappears in her life. When a mysterious bookmark brings them together on the Aleutian Islands, they’re sent on a dangerous quest to return a magical amulet to Anna’s Unangan ancestors. As they adventure across islands that glow like moonstones, they cross paths with nineteenth-century chiefs, the mysterious Woman of the Volcano, and the sinister Real Raven. While their journey is tinged with the fantastic, it’s based in real depictions of Unangan culture and history—the first historical novel set in Unangan folklore. It’s a coming-of-age-story that will resonate with young adult readers on their own journeys to discover their personal and cultural identities. v


Ray Hudson is the author of Moments Rightly Placed. He is also the author and editor of several scholarly books on the Aleutian Islands. A retired public school teacher, he is a woodblock artist and poet who lives in Vermont.



In the Quiet Season and Other Stories MARTHA AMORE February 112 p. | 6 x 9 978-1-60223-352-2 978-1-60223-353-9 (ebook) Paper $16.95 Fiction

In the Quiet Season and Other Stories explores the human landscape of Alaska. While the stories take place in modern-day towns, each is laced with a timelessness that comes from their roots in ageless issues: broken trust and heartbreak, hope and rebirth. The expansive Alaska landscape infuses the stories with a unique chill, as tears freeze on eyelashes and mountain ranges form the backdrop for breakups. Although the people in Amore’s stories know how to survive Alaska’s cold terrain, these characters stumble when trying to navigate through their own lives and lost dreams. The characters in Martha Amore's debut collection, In the Quiet Season and Other Stories, grapple with issues of trust and love– and sometimes in direct opposition to the expectations of the people in their lives. At their best, these wise and engaging stories radiate a surprising and redemptive light. —Ron Spatz, Editor of Alaska Quarterly Review

Martha Amore teaches writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is the author of Weathered Edge: Three Alaskan Novellas and coeditor of Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry.



Woman Prime Poems GAIL C. DIMAGGIO February 64 p. | 6 x 9 978-1-60223-342-3 978-1-60223-343-0 (ebook) Paper $14.95 Poetry

Since 2014, Permafrost Magazine has held an Annual Book Prize contest for the best manuscript. The winner of the contest receives $1,000.00 and publication through the University of Alaska Press. Each year, the book prize genre alternates between poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

A woman is a series of shifting possibilities. The frame that contained her in the morning can transform into something completely different by afternoon. The roles she’s called on to play mutate over the years and throughout a lifetime. And her very place in the world is called into constant negotiation. In this swirl of contradictions, finding her own self—her core—can be a bewildering journey. Woman Prime is about the fundamental human wish to settle into an authentic self, a “prime” identity. It follows one woman through her roles—child, adult, wife, mother—and shows how she must remake herself through each new stage. Like many women, the speaker believed that leaving her parent’s home, falling in love, and raising children would reveal the essential core of herself. Instead, she learns that those she loves can fail her and that she must embrace a world full of flickering and conflicting expectations for women.

Gail C. DiMaggio is a writing teacher and poet living in Concord, New Hampshire. Her work has appeared most recently in Salamander, Slipstream, Tishman Review, ELJ, and Magma.



Just Between Us DAVID McELROY February 104 p. | 6 x 9 978-1-60223-350-8 978-1-60223-351-5 (ebook) Paper $14.95 Poetry

Just Between Us is a celebration of the vivid human connections that occur when traveling through some of the world’s most stirring landscapes. David McElroy, a former pilot, transports us from the Arctic to the tropics, over rural and urban lands, and even into the landscape of dreams. Throughout his verse is a sense of longing and a desire for intimacy, showing that despite our diverse lives, we are all driven to share our existences with one another. "Just Between Us touches that sweet spot between poet and writer with its palpable appreciation of the many facets of the lives we are given to lead. Reading Just Between Us releases endorphins that allow us to embrace our own lives with an extra burst of energy, strength, and joy.” —Merrily Weisbord, author of The Love Queen of Malabar

David McElroy lives in Anchorage, Alaska, and recently retired as a commercial pilot of small planes in the Arctic in support of wildlife research, industry, and wildfire control. He has two previous books of poems, Making it Simple and Mark Making.


The cover image on this book—Tanana Chiefs, 1915—was painted by prominent Alaskan artist Karen Austen and is printed with generous permission of the artist. The large-scale oil painting, in the collection of the Tanana Chiefs Conference, is displayed at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center, Fairbanks, Alaska. 12

The Tanana Chiefs

Native Rights and Western Law WILLIAM SCHNEIDER March 208 p. | 7 x 10 978-1-60223-344-7 978-1-60223-345-4 (ebook) Paper $35.00 History

In 1915, Native Athabascan leaders met with government officials in Fairbanks, Alaska to discuss the impact of prospectors and settlers on their subsistence way of life. In this historic meeting, Native leaders sought education and medical assistance from the state, and they wanted to know what to expect from the federal government that might help preserve their way of life and allow them to take advantage of new opportunities. It had been forty-eight years since the United States agreed to purchase Alaska from Russia. Not much changed until the gold rushes. Then things really changed. This is the story of Native leaders working to understand and prepare for that change.

William Schneider has lived and worked in Alaska since 1972. He has spent time on the North Slope and in the Interior documenting historic sites with Athabascan elders.

Royalties from this book will be paid to The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Native Education (CACHE) Native Leadership Scholarship fund in the name of Chief Peter John. 13

Melting the Ice Curtain

The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier David Ramseur

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Melting the Ice Curtain

Our Perfect Wild

To Russia With Love

KAYLENE JOHNSON-SULLIVAN, WITH RAY BANE 978-1-60223-278-5 978-1-60223-279-2 (ebook) Paper $24.95

An Alaskan's Journey VICTOR FISCHER, WITH CHARLES WOHLFORTH 978-1-60223-140-5 978-1-60223-141-2 (ebook) Paper $19.95

The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier DAVID RAMSEUR 978-1-60223-334-8 978-1-60223-335-5 (ebook) Paper $29.95

The Thousand-Mile War

Outside in the Interior

Plants That We Eat

World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians BRIAN GARFIELD 978-0-912006-83-3 978-1-60223-117-7 (ebook) Paper $24.95

An Adventure Guide for Central Alaska, 2nd edition KYLE JOLY 978-1-60223-280-8 Paper $26.95

Nauriat Nigġiñaqtuat ANORE JONES 978-1-60223-074-3 Paper $24.95

Alaska Trees and Shrubs

Cool Plants for Cold Climates

Coloring the Universe

2nd Edition LESLIE A. VIERECK & ELBERT J. LITTLE, JR. 978-1-889963-86-0 978-1-60223-132-0 (ebook) Paper $24.95

A Garden Designer's Perspective BRENDA ADAMS 978-1-60223-325-6 978-1-60223-326-3 (ebook) Paper $35.00

An Insider's Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space DR. TRAVIS A. RECTOR, KIMBERLY ARCAND, MEGAN WATZKE 978-1-60223-273-0 Cloth $50.00

Attu Boy

Skijor with Your Dog

Sold American

A Young Alaskan’s WWII Memoir NICK GOLODOFF 978-1-60223-249-5 978-1-60223-250-1 (ebook) Paper $22.95

Second Edition MARI HØE-RAITTO & CAROL KAYNOR 978-1-60223-186-3 978-1-60223-187-0 (ebook) Paper $17.95

The Story of Alaska Natives and Their Land, 1867-1959 DONALD CRAIG MITCHELL 978-1-88996-337-2 Cloth $29.95


Made of Salmon

Alaska Native Cultures and Issues

Class and Crime in Urban Alaska MARY KUDENOV 978-1-60223-340-9 978-1-60223-341-6 (ebook) Paper $15.95

Common Interior Alaska Cryptogams GARY A. LAURSEN & RODNEY D. SEPPELT 978-1-60223-058-3 978-1-60223-109-2 (ebook) Paper $28.95

Alaska Stories from The Salmon Project EDITED BY NANCY LORD 978-1-60223-283-9 978-1-60223-284-6 (ebook) Paper $21.95

Responses to Frequently Asked Questions EDITED BY LIBBY RODERICK 978-1-60223-091-0 978-1-60223-092-7 (ebook) Paper $14.95

The Geography of Water


MARY EMERICK 978-1-60223-270-9 978-1-60223-271-6 (ebook) Paper $16.95

JESSICA GOODFELLOW 978-1-60223-327-0 978-1-60223-328-7 (ebook) Paper $14.95


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A King Salmon Journey

Black Wolf of the Glacier


Alaska's Romeo DEB VANASSE ILLUSTRATED BY NANCY SLAGLE 978-1-60223-197-9 Paper $12.95

978-1-60223-231-0 Paper $12.95

A Woolly Mammoth Journey

Mary's Wild Winter Feast

DEBBIE MILLER ILLUSTRATED BY JON VAN ZYLE 978-1-60223-099-6 Cloth $15.95


978-1-60223-098-9 Paper $9.95

Raven and River NANCY WHITE CARLSTROM ILLUSTRATED BY JON VAN ZYLE 978-1-60223-150-4 Paper $11.95

Little Whale A Story of the Last Tlingit War Canoe ROY A. PERATROVICH, JR. 978-1-60223-295-2 978-1-60223-296-9 (ebook) Paper $16.95

Lucy's Dance

Kayak Girl

Stubborn Gal

DEB VANASSE ILLUSTRATED BY NANCY SLAGLE 978-1-60223-127-6 Cloth $16.95

MONICA DEVINE ILLUSTRATED BY MINDY DWYER 978-1-60223-188-7 978-1-60223-263-1 (ebook) Paper $12.95

The True Story of an Undefeated Sled Dog Racer DAN O'NEILL ILLUSTRATED BY KLARA MAISCH 978-1-60223-272-3 978-1-60223-305-8 (ebook) Cloth $15.95

978-1-60223-126-9 Paper $10.95


Ollie's First Year

Alaska on the Go



Exploring the Alaska Marine Highway System with Children ERIN KIRKLAND 978-1-60223-315-7 978-1-60223-316-4 (ebook) Paper $21.95

Apun: Teacher's Guide

978-1-88996-229-7 Paper $12.95


The Arctic Snow MATTHEW STURM 978-1-60223-069-9 978-1-60223-112-2 (ebook) Paper $12.95 The Arctic Snow 978-1-60223-070-5 978-1-60223-111-5 (ebook) Paper $19.95

Permafrost Permafrost is the farthest north literary journal in the world and is published annually by the graduate students in the UAF Department of English. For submission information and subscription rates, visit or email

Tidal Echoes Tidal Echoes is a literary and art journal that showcases the art and writing of Southeast Alaskans. The journal is published by the University of Alaska Southeast and edited by undergraduate students on the Juneau campus. It may be purchased for $5 from Emily Wall at

University of Alaska Fairbanks PO Box 756240 Fairbanks AK 99775-6240

A Seal Named Patches ROXANNE BELTRAN AND PATRICK ROBINSON Available now Published November 2017 48 p. | 10 x 10 978-1-60223-331-7 Cloth $15.95 Children's Non-fiction

Two polar explorers are out to solve a mystery: Where is their special seal, Patches? Scientists Roxanne Beltran and Patrick Robinson set off on a polar adventure, traveling to Antarctica to study the lives of Weddell seals. By finding Patches, a wily seal they’ve been tracking since its birth, they’ll be able to learn a lot about how much the seals eat and how many pups they raise. A Seal Named Patches takes young readers into the world at the very bottom of the globe, where they meet the extraordinary animals that live in cold, icy conditions. Through breathtaking photos and real-life stories, young readers will learn about how scientists do fieldwork, the challenges of researching animals in harsh climates, and even what it’s like to fly a helicopter over Antarctica. This engaging story will especially entertain and educate children ages five to eight. Roxanne Beltran studies the influences of ecology and physiology on animal behavior at the University of Alaska. Patrick Robinson is reserve director for the University of California Natural Reserve System.

UAPress Spring 2018 Catalog  

inside these pages, find the newest books the University of Alaska Press has to offer.

UAPress Spring 2018 Catalog  

inside these pages, find the newest books the University of Alaska Press has to offer.