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Wales: Portrait of an Alaska Village


by Ed Gold
Hard Cover ISBN: 978-0-99074-280-7
Soft Cover ISBN: 978-0-98504-879-2

Internationally acclaimed social documentary photographer Ed Gold explores life in Wales, Alaska. His photographs capture the faces and landscape with a starkness and honesty rarely found. This gorgeous black and white edition is available in either hard cover or soft cover. All royalties from the book will be donated on Ed Gold’s behalf to the Wales Search & Rescue fund. Learn more about Ed Gold.

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Defiance Street


by Sandra Kleven
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-9850487-8-5

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Sandra Kleven walks a path of beautiful grit and hard honesty that remains uncompromising throughout. In poems like “Lament for Scott” and “As She Waits for Word on Her Biopsy,” she gnaws her thoughts on aging to the bone with confessions borne of a poet’s long consideration. Kleven’s prose pieces are wall-to-wall poems. She speaks of the famous Blue Moon tavern, of the birth of the second half of the 20th century, and of Theodore Roethke better than he ever did. 
- Nathan Brown, Oklahoma Poet Laureate and author of My Sideways Heart

Cover artwork by David Kennicott



Weathered Edge


by Kris Farmen, Martha Amore, and Buffy McKay
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-9850487-7-8

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Weathered Edge is the first of its kind, a collection of three unique novellas by three of Alaska’s finest up and coming writers, Kris Farmen, Martha Amore and Buffy McKay. Each novella drives a hard punch! From shark attacks to high mountain fatalities and resigning to a life in service of a dying mother, Weathered Edge is a powerful portrait of human nature, tied to the land in Alaska, and yet as timeless and broad reaching as the oceans themselves. 

Cover artwork by David Kennicott

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Because of Lissa (Hotline #1)


by Carolyn Meyer
ISBN: 978-0-9850487-3-0
$2.99 introductory price

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News of Lissa Mainzer’s suicide shocks everyone. Lissa’s friends Jenny, Kurt, Angie, and Lan are determined to keep others from feeling that desperate. They work to form a crisis hotline at their high school, taking the calls in shifts, trying to help other teens with their problems while the hotliners themselves must deal with the challenges in their own lives. But when a call comes from Monica, they face a crisis. They couldn’t save Lissa, but what about Monica? And what about the hotline—can they save that as well?



The Problem With Sidney (Hotline #2)


by Carolyn Meyer
ISBN: 978-0-9850487-4-7
$6.99

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When a fourteen-year-old runaway starts calling the hotline, it’s clear that some of the hotliners are getting much too involved. Jenny, Kurt, Angie and Lan set up the crisis hotline in school to help troubled kids, but in this second book in the Hotline series, the hotline itself is facing problems of its own. The runaway girl, who calls herself Sidney, says she’s living in a local park with drug dealers, but when anyone suggests going to a shelter, she doesn’t want to hear it. She keeps calling the hotline, and her stories are disturbing—but are they true? And how far can the hotline go to help her?



Gillian's Choice (Hotline #3)


by Carolyn Meyer
ISBN: 978-0-9850487-5-4
$6.99

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In this third book in the Hotline series, Gillian, a quiet classmate, confides in Angie that she’s pregnant and afraid—afraid to tell her parents or the baby’s father, afraid of what lies ahead. But Angie, too, has problems. She hasn’t been happy about what’s been going on with her boyfriend, and she can’t seem to make him understand her feelings. It’s hard enough to sort out her own choices—so how can she help Gillian figure out what to do? And what can the hotline do for either of them?



The Two Faces Of Adam (Hotline #4)


by Carolyn Meyer
ISBN: 978-0-9850487-6-1
$6.99

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In this, the 4th book in the Hotline series, Lan Nguyen wants to do the right thing. He has no doubts about where he stands on drugs. Drugs are bad, people who use them are fools, people who sell them are criminals. Then the high school hotline starts getting more and more drug-related calls, and Lan finds that it isn’t quite that simple.
Drugs aren’t Lan’s only worry. His sister and nephew need a safe home, and Lan is determined to provide it any way he can. He’s already working two jobs outside of his regular school hours. And then there’s the viola given him by his friend Lissa, before she killed herself. Can he afford to keep it? And what about April; sometimes it seems she’s ready to give up on him. Is he going to be able to keep it all together—and do the right thing?



Turn Again


by Kris Farmen
ISBN: 978-0-9850487-1-6
Retail price: $19.95 USD

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“I was told you were a magic man.”

In October of 1894, the anthropologist Rebecca Ashford arrives in Kodiak, Alaska to interview a Russian prisoner with an American name and an Athabascan Indian past. Aleksandr Campbell has been sentenced to hang for a double murder, killings that took place in his homeland far to the north on the Kenai Peninsula—a little-known part of the territory where Russian is the common language and the handful of resident Americans are foreigners in a strange land. His tale, recorded in her notes as he waits for the gallows, spans years and miles of wilderness and clashing cultures. It is a story of young love and of old magic that is rapidly draining out of the country with the coming of the gold rush. It is a story of being Alaskan at a time when Alaska barely existed.

Illustrated map created by Alaska Map Co.



Alaska Expedition: Marine Life Solidarity


by James P. Sweeney
eISBN: 978-0-9850487-1-6
ISBN: 978-0-9850487-0-9
Retail price:
Soft cover: $19.95 USD
e-book: $9.99

This is the much anticipated epic story of James Sweeney’s survival story in the Alaska Range. Through avalanches and crevasses, take a thrilling look at what it takes to self resuce in one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet!



The List


by James P. Sweeney
ISBN: 978-1-57833-524-4
Retail price:
Soft cover: $14.95 USD
e-book: $9.99<b

In this small but tremendously wild book, Sweeney travels the length of his life and paints portraits of loss, love and humor into climbing adventures in Alaska’s wilderness. He speaks to us in a voice that is all his own. Sweeney walks on the edge as he charms readers with humor and insight, be it on a road trip, climbing a frozen waterfall or scaling a mountain. This book full of sorrow also carries with it a strong sense of hope. Angela Ramirez’s stark linoprints complement the book’s style and feel.