Seeing more of Alaska

alaska map

My family and I live northeast of Anchorage, and I’m headed south to Juneau and Ketchikan — it’s nearly 1,000 miles by road, if you could drive, but Southeast Alaska is accessible only by boat or plane. (Map via

Dear Alaska-bound reader,

One of the most amazing things about Alaska is its sheer size. I grew up here, and I have traveled around it quite a bit — from Anchorage to the North Slope, Chicken to Chickaloon, Cordova to Fairbanks, yet there are huge areas I have never seen. Southeast Alaska is one of those regions. For many visitors on cruise ships, this is the gateway to Alaska. But for those of us who live in Southcentral, it can seem very far away.

I’m thrilled to finally have a chance to see this part of the state. Tomorrow I fly to Ketchikan for an event  at 6:30 pm at the Ketchikan Public Library in conjunction with Parnassus Books. (More information is available by calling 907-228-2307.)

Then I go on to our state capital Juneau where Thursday 7-8:30 pm I’ll be at the Juneau Public Library, Friday 1-2 pm I’ll sign books at Hearthside Books in downtown and then that evening I’ll participate in Hearthside’s Authors at Sea Cruise, which sounds like wonderful fun. For more information and tickets, you can visit Hearthside here.

This has been one of the unexpected blessings of the publication of The Snow Child — it has given me the chance to meet booksellers, librarians and readers and to see new parts of the world, even those unexplored lands close to home.





  • Barbara Borg-Jenkins says:

    I’m one of those people who have been to Ketchikan and Juneau on a cruise. Probably the only time I will ever be there. It was so beautiful–so different from Indiana! I hope you enjoy your visits.

  • Heino Günther says:

    Dear Eowyn,
    Many thanks for letting us all share your activities and the changing seasons in the
    High North. This reminds me of my tours to Lapland in winter in These endless
    forests North-East of Rovaniemi.
    Kind regards from Heino

  • Nancy says:

    Oh….you will get to see the new Ketchikan Library and all the nice folks who work in Juneau and Ketchikan! Here’s hoping for sunny skies in Southeast for your visit – it is a beautiful part of our state.

  • Eowyn, I loved the raw power of your Snow Child so much that I shared how it inspired me as a writer
    Thank you, Tricia