Essay Contest: The Ethics of Persuasion in the Digital Age

Up to $1,000 in cash and prizes available! We are looking for thoughtful, well-researched, forward-thinking essays that map out a new citizen-based ethic of communication, mapping the porous boundaries between weaponized propaganda and honest, authentic persuasion. Your essay should be publication ready, about 1000 words, plus a bibliography and notes. The ideas should be your own; other people’s ideas should be attributed appropriately.

Let's Read, Let's Talk!

Best wishes for the New Year from Fireside Books!
We are living in interesting times, full of challenge and opportunity.  Unfortunately, at this critical juncture for our country we find ourselves divided and suspicious, often baffled by neighbors who seem to inhabit an entirely different version of reality from what we think we know.  Maybe it’s because of the way we read: Punchy Tweets. Hyperbolic Headlines. Lists rather than discussions.

1000 Copies of "To The Bright Edge of the World" Sold at Fireside Books!

Heather Campfield

A bookstore in a town of about 6.400 people just sold 1000 copies of Eowyn Ivey's new novel, To the Bright Edge of the WorldHeather Campfield (shown here) just bought the 1000th copy of To the Bright Edge of the World sold at Fireside Books! She says she bought several copies of the novel as gifts. 

To the Bright Edge of the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316242851
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - August 2nd, 2016

 In the winter of 1885, Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester sets out with his men on an expedition into the newly acquired territory of Alaska. Their objective: travel up the ferocious Wolverine River, mapping the interior and gathering information on the region's potentially dangerous native tribes. With a young and newly pregnant wife at home, Forrester is anxious to complete the journey with all possible speed and return to her. But once the crew passes beyond the edge of the known world, there's no telling what awaits them.

The Snow Child Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316175661
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Reagan Arthur Books - November 6th, 2012

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees...

The Bomb in the Back Yard




Doesn’t every kid with a military parent wake up to a bomb in the backyard? In the 1950s, Post Traumatic Stress was a term yet to be invented. Most veterans rarely spoke of World War Two.

Read Alaska Rewards Book Club



As booksellers, we see the resurgence of great Alaskan writing every day, and we want to encourage you to take part in it. So we've created this reward club just for you, the adventurous reader of books either by or about Alaskans. For your $25.00 membership in the Read Alaska Rewards club, you receive at least $40.00 in value. You get:


  • $15.00 gift certificate when you buy 10 Alaskana books within one year.
  • $25.00 voucher, good for one ticket to an author dinner within one year.
  • Drawings for give-aways of Alaskana books



Price: $25.00

About Fireside Books

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Fireside Books

720 S. Alaska St.

Palmer, AK 99645


Way back in the later part of the 20th Century, David Cheezem and Melissa Behnke decided they wanted to open a bookstore. Both husband and wife were and are avid readers. Melissa's mother Peggy helped grow the small Wasilla library, and she grew up in a family of readers. David had just completed his Masters in Fine Arts degree in creative writing, and felt that his fellow writers deserved a place where good writing was honored and celebrated.

They found the perfect location for a bookstore in Palmer -- the small agricultural town in Alaska with a rich history and cultural heritage.

In 2001 David and Melissa discovered an empty storefront within a stone's throw of Vagabond Blues, their favorite Alaskan coffee-shop. It was the perfect location for a bookstore.

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