Edited by Bill Sherwonit, Andromeda Romano-Lax, and Ellen Bielawski

Introduction by David Roberts, author of Four Against the Arctic

Including stories by Tim Cahill, Pam Houston, Jon Krakauer, Kathleen Dean Moore, Ian Frazier, Philip Caputo, and many more

A place of immense wilderness and mythic dimensions, Alaska boasts North America’s highest peak, biggest bears, largest oil fields, and a glacier bigger than Rhode Island. More than 1.5 million people venture to Alaska each year to explore the vast open spaces, mountains, and coastal areas that make up “America’s Last Frontier.” Now, readers can visit this epic place through the pages of Travelers’ Tales Alaska, a new collection from the award-winning publisher, Travelers’ Tales. Well-known and emerging writers take readers along as they present true stories of the Alaska experience. Whether it’s an adventure in deep wilderness, an exploration of urban terrain, or a profound cultural encounter, the true stories in Travelers’ Tales Alaska bring the state alive.

In Travelers’ Tales Alaska readers will:

  • Soar with bush pilots around Denali, North America’s highest mountain, with Jon Krakauer
  • Ship out on a commercial fishing boat with Toby Sullivan in the world’s most dangerous seas
  • Walk with Ed Readicker-Henderson among feasting bears on Anan Creek in Southeast Alaska
  • Kayak among icebergs and marine mammals with Tim Cahill in Glacier Bay
  • Drive through the Arctic on the last road north with Philip Caputo
  • Witness the Inupiat taking of a bowhead whale with Heather Villars
  • Run a dog team in numbing cold with Niles Elliot Goldstein
  • Search with Bill Sherwonit for the legendary “Hairy Man” who roams the Alaskan bush…and much more.

About the editors

Anchorage nature and travel writer Bill Sherwonit worked for The Anchorage Times for ten years, both as a sportswriter and as an outdoor writer/editor. A freelancer since 1992, he is the author of nine previous books about Alaska. He lives in the foothills of the Chugach Mountains, where he writes about the wildness to be found in Alaska’s urban center, as well as the state’s backcountry wilderness.

Andromeda Romano-Lax is the author of five books about Alaska and Mexico. She arrived in Anchorage in 1994 and has traveled the state by kayak, mountain bike, car, ferry, and bush plane with her family. She teaches creative writing in university and workshop settings.

Ellen Bielawski was born and grew up in Alaska. She has sailed the Northwest Passage, worked in West Africa, trekked in Tibet, and spent eighteen summers getting to know Canada’s High Arctic Islands. She is the author of Rogue Diamonds and Life in Ancient Alaska, along with numerous magazine articles and technical papers.

About Travelers’ Tales

Founded in 1993, Travelers’ Tales publishes the best in travel writing from world-famous authors and new and emerging writers. Our goal is to inspire and enlighten readers through true stories by travelers who have explored the depths of their experiences. The series includes: country and regional guides; books which explore the themes of women’s travel, spirituality, food, humor, and adventure; travel advice books; Footsteps: The Soul of Travel, a series of single-author travel narratives; and Travelers’ Tales Classics, a series which introduces out-of-print favorites of travel literature to a new audience. Travelers’ Tales Alaska is the latest in the country and regional guide series.

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Travelers’ Tales Alaska
Edited by Bill Sherwonit, Andromeda Romano-Lax, and Ellen Bielawski
Travelers’ Tales, September 2003
$18.95 Trade Paperback, 320 pages, 5 1/8″ x 8″
ISBN: 1-885211-96-1