Preaching to a Choir: Telling Alaskans about Alaska

Let's talk Alaska!

Let’s talk Alaska!

It was trial by fire last weekend at the Alaska Summer Showcase, my first “official” gig since releasing Alaska On the Go: Exploring the 49th state with children.

Meant to be a softer launch, and landing, than the release event scheduled for April 5, the Summer Showcase gave me a platform to sell a few books (I had six with me and could have sold a dozen), and practice my public speaking skills before a crowd.

Public speaking is the reason I am a journalist, not a life coach. But when one writes and subsequently sells a book, public speaking in one form or another becomes numbers one and two of the “things you gotta do” list.

At any rate, the crowd, however sparse at 3:30 in the afternoon because it was smack in the middle of nap time, was appreciative, supportive, and extremely kind. I saw lots of nods of agreement, and nary a “I know better than you” eye roll, which is always good.

But, ahem, now I really know what I want to say.

So, if you were one of the chosen few last weekend, and want a fresh new view of my family’s travel exploits around Alaska, and a few tips so you can avoid pitfalls and peril while exploring a state twice the size of Texas, I highly encourage you to attend my other Anchorage presentations, scheduled for:

April 12, 3 p.m. Loussac Library, Anchorage

April 22, 6 p.m. REI Anchorage

June 8, 4 p.m. Village Books, Bellingham, Washington 

It’ll be F.U.N.! Activities for kids, learning for parents, and a whole lot of Alaska to go around.

Questions? Shoot me an email at and I’ll do my best to help.

See you soon!


Reader Comments

I wish this book had been available when I first visited Alaska... especially with 4 children.

Next time I'll have a signed copy in hand!

Mother of 4