We are a regional press founded by Journalists from Alaska
What we are
Since its founding in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1988, Epicenter has become the largest publisher of books about Alaska. In that time, Epicenter has published more than 100 titles covering a broad range of nonfiction touching on history, memoirs and biographies, adventure, aviation, humor, true crime, mystery and the unexplained, sled dog mushing, women's stories, Native American culture, and more.
Our Mission Statement
We are a regional press founded in Alaska whose interests included but are not limited to the arts, history, environment, diverse cultures and lifestyles of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. We seek both the traditional and innovative high-quality trade books and occasional color gift books.
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In Search of the Kuskokwim: The Life and Times of J. Edward Spurr
by Stephen J. Spurr
The U.S. government commissioned J. Edward Spurr, a geologist, author, and explorer from New England, to mount two expeditions to explore and inventory Alaska, traveling thousand miles by canoe and on foot without benefit of telephones, radios, airplanes. The effort almost killed him, but his efforts helped provide detail to regions that had been largely blank on the Alaska map.
Arctic Bush Pilot: From Navy Combat to Flying Alaska's Northern Wilderness
by Jim Rearden
Backed by Wien Airlines, former Navy combat pilot "Andy" Anderson pioneered post-World War II bush service to Alaska's vast Koyokuk River region serving miners, Natives, sportsmen, geologists, adventurers, and assorted bush rats. ARCTIC BUSH PILOT is an exciting and sometimes nostalgic account of a pioneer pilot and his special place in Alaska aviation history.
Eskimo Star: From the Tundra to Tinseltown, the Ray Mala Story
by Lael Morgan
The marquee of the Astor Theater in New York City billed the 1933 premier of Eskimo as “THE BIGGEST PICTURE EVER MADE,” propelling a 27-year-old Inupiat Eskimo from Candle, Alaska, to overnight stardom. Illustrated with color photos and movie posters, this is the story of Ray Wise Mala, the first Alaskan to become a Hollywood movie star and the first non-white actor to play in a leading role.
Dead Man's Dancer: The Mechele Linehan Story
by Tom Brennan
Mechele is young, attractive, and looking to cash in on her aesthetic assets when she moves from New Orleans to Alaska in 1994 to earn money for college tuition. Her charms ensnare the affections of three men, and the combined effects of jealously, lust, and greed take a deadly turn in this true crime story.
by Tom Brennan
A collection of stories about some of Alaska's high-profile criminal investigations of the past half-century.
Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush
by Lael Morgan
In the boomtowns of the Alaska-Yukon stampedes, where gold dust was common currency, the rarest commodity was an attractive woman, and her company could be costly. Author Lael Morgan takes you into the heart of the gold rush demimonde, that "half world" of prostitutes, dance hall girls, and entertainers who lived on the outskirts of polite society.
by J. Michael Holloway
Dreaming Bears is the true story of the rare friendship that develops between a young medical student with deep roots in the South and an elderly Indian couple in the wilds of northeast Alaska. In 1961, Mike Holloway, his brother Ted, and a college friend set our from South Carolina to spend the summer hiking in Arctic Alaska, intending to live off the land.
On the Edge of Nowhere
by James Huntington
His father is a white trapper, his mother an Athabascan Indian who walks a thousand miles in winter to reunite with her family. Jimmy Huntington learns early how to survive on the land. He is only seven when his mother dies, and must care for his younger siblings. A courageous and inspiring man, Huntington hunts, fights bears, survives close calls and he becomes a championship sled-dog racer.
by David Matheson
Steeped in authentic cultural traditions and spiritual beliefs, this rich and wonderful historical novel follows the times and trials of a family band of the Schi’tsu’umsh Indians, now called the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in northern Idaho. Through a boy named Sun Bear and his sister, Rainbow Girl, the band’s oral stories are told as it struggles to hold onto what is precious and sacred about life.
Cold River Spirits
by Jan Harper-Haines
Cold River Spirits is a wryly humorous and inspirational story about a proud Alaska Native family struggling to survive in two worlds. Sam and Louise Harper and their ten children make a soul-grinding transition into a modern white-dominated society where they face bigotry, poverty and illness.
The author explores her family's powerful conflicts between the past and the future.
Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon
by Mary Albanese
A young upstate New York woman begins an adventure of a life-time as she moves away from her safe and conventional path. She is unable to resist the excitement and challenge of a chance to become a geological explorer in Alaska, where she maps remote wilderness areas and journeys to the depths of her own heart.
SHIPWRECKED: A Peoples' History of the Seattle Mariners
by Jon Wells
This is the book baseball people are talking about. In his candid and colorful book reminiscent of "Moneyball," veteran baseball writer Jon Wells asserts that the Seattle Mariners is the only team in the American League never to have gone to the World Series due to its years of mismanagement and obsessively putting profits before pennants.
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