Epicenter Press

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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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James J. Hill: A Great Life in Brief
Pre-release—available March 15, 2018. Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 46,920. Language: English. Published by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Business biography
James J. Hill, the "Empire Builder," (1838-1916) was a Canadian-American railroad executive with the Great Northern Railway, responsible for building railways across the northern US. Part visionary, part robber baron, part buccaneer, Stewart Holbrook brings his story to life, in brief, as well as the lives of the other movers and shakers in the railway scene of the times.
Little Annie Oakley and Other Rugged People
Pre-release—available February 15, 2018. Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 73,850. Language: English. Published by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
From the brick-paved streets of Boston and New England, to the deserts of Arizona, to the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest, beloved author and columnist Stewart Holbrook takes his readers down uncharted paths in a series of delightful pieces. Little Annie Oakley and Other Rugged People is pure Americana that delves into the myths of motley people, and the places they made famous.
A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 50,780. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2017 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » History » American
New, revised second edition! This revised second edition includes five additional bars, regional maps, and more historic photos and advertisements. A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska details the rich history and atmosphere of remarkable, one-of-a-kind Alaskan bars, many of which have been around since the end of Prohibition in 1933.
Final Adjournment
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 64,930. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2017 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The scenic campus of the Washington state capitol may be outwardly calm... but turmoil swirls beneath the surface. When a senator is found dead in his office with a Native American hunting knife buried in his chest, lobbyist Sandy Dalton must team up with the detective on the case to clear his own name.
Cold Starry Night
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 80,270. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2017 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » Biography » Artists, architects, & photographers
Young Claire Fejes was a promising sculptor and painter in New York City when her husband gave in to "gold fever." She held the unconventional view that her career was as important as his. But in those days, a woman followed her husband, so Claire did--to Fairbanks, last stop on the Alaska Railroad, in the heart of the immense northern territory, where Joe Fejes intended to mine for gold.
Down the Wild River North
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 119,830. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2017 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers
In suburban Arizona, 1964, Connie Helmericks announced to her two daughters, 12-year-old Ann and 14-year-old Jean, "We're going to make a canoe expedition to the Arctic Ocean." And for two successive summers, that's exactly what they did. Down the Wild River North is the vividly told story of their adventures in the remote northern reaches of Canada and the Arctic.
We Fought the Road
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 67,910. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2017 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » History » War
We Fought the Road is the story of the building of the Alaska-Canada Highway during World War II, a task that been likened to the building of the Panama Canal. Unlike most accounts that focus on the road's military planners, We Fought the Road is boots-on-the-ground and often personal, based in part on letters from the "Three Cent Romance," discovered in the authors' family papers.
Denali Ranger: A Life of Drama and Adventure on America's Tallest Peak
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 82,230. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2017 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Mountaineering
Roger Robinson has been Denali mountaineering for over forty years and has worked as a ranger for most of this time. Robinson has climbed Denali, at 20,310 feet, numerous times, leading patrols and rescues on the mountain and experiencing a series of adventures on one of the best-known and formidable mountains in the world, a mountain that for many is the symbol of Alaska, the 49th state.
Riding the Wild Side of Denali: Alaska Adventures with Horses and Huskies (Rev. 2nd Edition)
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 82,660. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2017 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
Identical twins Miki and Julie Collins trap, hunt, fish, and garden in Alaska's wilderness just north of Denali National Park in Alaska's vast interior. Their closest companions are loyal sled dogs and Icelandic horses. Theirs is an unusual lifestyle even by Alaska standards. In this revised second edition, the sisters share what has happened in their lives in the past twenty-five years.
The Columbia
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 99,670. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2017 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America
The Columbia commemorates the disciplining and conversion of a wilderness river from a water passageway to a powerhouse and a source of irrigation. Here is the story of its explorers who came by boat and by foot, the canals, locks, and dams which flooded old landmarks to give new pioneers farm lands and electricity, and the story of the settlement of the Pacific Northwest.
Holy Old Mackinaw
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 78,130. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2017 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America
Holy Old Mackinaw is the rough and lusty story of the American lumberjack at work and at play, from Maine to Oregon. Beloved Northwest author Stewart Holbrook captures the life and color of a vanished American scene in this complete history of logging in the Northwest.
Alaska-Yukon Place Names
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 46,510. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2017 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference
In Alaska-Yukon Place Names, author James W. Phillips takes the vacationing tourist, historian, and armchair traveler through the most memorable places in the Alaska-Yukon region. Whether more interested in the scenery, the historic past, or the fabulous yarns connected with the area, you will be delighted by the colorful towns of Alaska and the Yukon.
Trusting the River
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 160,580. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2017 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
Jean Aspen, daughter of arctic explorer and author Constance Helmericks, began life in the wilderness. Throughout six decades, the natural world has remained central to her. What began as a series of letters to her son, Lucas, when she and her husband Tom set out to search for a different future, evolved over the seasons into a many snapshots of her remarkable life.
Spirits of Southeast Alaska: The History & Hauntings of Alaska's Panhandle
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 37,030. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2016 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Nonfiction » History » North America
Ghostly footsteps and poltergeist occurrences abound in the Alaskan Panhandle. Author James P. Devereaux, archaeologist, lived in Alaska for years, collecting stories and researching the history of these ghost stories, collected here in Spirits of Southeast Alaska.
Inside: One Woman's Journey Through the Inside Passage
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 88,200. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2016 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Kayaking
In Spring 2010, with her world scaled down to an 18-foot sea kayak and the 1,200 mile ribbon of water called the Inside Passage, Susan Conrad launched a journey that took her north to Alaska. On the way, she forged friendships, lived her dream, and discovered the depths of her own strength and courage.
In Search of the Kuskokwim: The Life and Times of J. Edward Spurr
Price: $14.95 USD. Words: 64,400. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2015 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers
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.
Eskimo Star: From the Tundra to Tinseltown, the Ray Mala Story
Price: $16.95 USD. Words: 72,410. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Native Americans, Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography
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.
Arctic Bush Pilot: From Navy Combat to Flying Alaska's Northern Wilderness
Price: $14.95 USD. Words: 57,210. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers
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.
Hooked!: True Stories of Obsession, Death & Love from Alaska's Commercial Fishing Men and Women
Price: $11.95 USD. Words: 78,660. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Fishing
The rousing sea stories are all here: Collectively, the 15 fisher-writers in this anthology have fished cod, halibut, salmon, crab, and herring. Some have fished commercially for several seasons; others have spent most of their lives on the water. This collection represents an extraordinary holistic view of Alaskan fishing: Not just the dying, but the living.
Dead Man's Dancer: The Mechele Linehan Story
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 39,480. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2015 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder
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.
Cold Crime
Price: $12.95 USD. Words: 49,900. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2015 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes
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
Price: $14.95 USD. Words: 118,560. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 18th Century
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.
Dreaming Bears
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 70,150. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2014 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Native Americans
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
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 57,320. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2014 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Native Americans, Nonfiction » History » Native American
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.
Red Thunder
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 100,400. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 51,350. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2012 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Native Americans, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
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
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 61,070. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2012 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers
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.
Boom Town Boy: Coming of Age on Alaska's Lost Frontier
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 65,520. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2012 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » History » Family history
A newspaper reporter recalls his youth in Fairbanks, Alaska, a dying gold-rush town that comes alive again with a wild mix of Russian and American pilots, a busy red-light district, and a round-the-clock bar scene in the 1940s war years.
SHIPWRECKED: A Peoples' History of the Seattle Mariners
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 88,360. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2012 by Epicenter Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Baseball, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Baseball / History
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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