Jim Misko

Jim Misko returns with his latest novel, the award-winning "As All My Fathers Were."

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

Poems for Books

Read a Poem, take a (used) book.

During National Poetry Month, just read or recite your poem into the mic, and we'll give you a voucher for used books in our store.

Read the fine print below:

About Fireside Books

Our Summer hours are:

Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM to 7:00  PM

We're in the heart of Downtown Palmer, right across from the Train Depot (That's the big blue building!)

Fireside Books

720 S. Alaska St.

Palmer, AK 99645

fireside (at) goodbooksbadcoffee.com


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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