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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 6:01 pm | Updated: 2:00 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

With the holiday season right around the corner, Interior Alaska-based authors are amping up their book signings, appearances and publications. Here’s a few to which we have been alerted.

• North Pole-raised sisters Claudia Lively, Holly Olsen and Elizabeth Hissem will sign copies of their Vole Family children’s book series including the new release “The Vole Family in Summer: When the Midnight Sun Stays Out to Play” from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the North Pole Grange Gallery, 0.5 Grange Hall Road. 488-1880.

• Artist Christine “Okiku” Thomas, who created the cover art for the book “The Contract” by Jill Rasmussen, will sign copies of the book from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Phillips Studio & Gallery 1222 Well St., suite 11 upstairs. 479-0956

• Fairbanks author Debbie Miller will speak from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17., at Schaible Auditorium at the University of Alaska Fairbanks about her new book, “On Arctic Ground: Tracking Time in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve.” The book is a large-format photography book of Miller’s travels through the reserve. She is speaking with UAF paleontologist Patrick Druckenmiller about recent research and discoveries in the reserve.

• Local writer and cartoonist Layla Lawlor has published a collection of her “Freebird” comic strips. “Freebird” collects the strips that appeared in the publican fbx square from 2006-2007, plus new, never-before-seen strips and side stories. Set in Fairbanks and Fox, the comic is a humorous glimpse of life in Fairbanks through the eyes of newcomer Karen Bird, who came to Alaska looking for a fresh start and a new life.

Lawlor will have a book signing accompanied by a brief talk at Gulliver’s Books from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 28. She will also be signing books at Forget-Me-Not Books from 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 1

More information and sample strips can be found at the author’s website,

• North Pole author Valerie Perry is celebrating the national release of her first book, “Sweetie and Coco Go To The Zoo.” The children’s book tells the story of Sweetie and her brother Coco as they discover new animals at the zoo and sounds they make.


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