An Alaska-inspired author cooperative, Running Fox is dedicated to high-quality books that inspire, engage, and transform. For readers young and old, we promote books with strong commercial literary appeal, written by spirited, independent authors who care about language and the shared pleasure of a good book.

We also welcome Gail Giles, author of six young adult novels. Her debut novel, Shattering Glass, was an ALA Best of the Best Book, a Book Sense 76 selection, and a Booklist Top 10 Mystery for Youth selection. Her second, Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters, was an ALA Top 10 Quick pick and a Book Sense 76 selection.​ Be sure to check out No Returns, recently released with Deb Vanasse, an adventure featuring a boy band that accidentally summons the devil.

Watch for a new collection coming soon from Running Fox Books. The Alaska Sampler e-book will feature selections by Dana Stabenow, David Marusek, Leigh Newman, Howard Weaver, Deb Vanasse, Don Rearden, Kaylene Johnson, Tanyo Ravicz, Jan Harper Haines, and Ned Rozell. Best of all: it will be free!

As always, thanks for reading!

Alaska Humor
by Gail Giles
A Writer's
by Deb Vanasse
Alaska's Bats
by Ned Rozell
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Howard Weaver
Howard Weaver's Write Hard, Die Free is the memoir of an era—a time when Alaska struggled to define its modern personality and two fiercely competitive newspapers fought for the right to tell that story. Though populated with a dozen characters worthy of Jack London or Robert Service, the real hero of this story is the quest for honest journalism in the face of opposition from politicians, advertisers and the oil industry.

When he walked into the newsroom and fell in love with the Anchorage Daily News, Howard Weaver was an untested 21-year old cub reporter from a blue collar neighborhood on the edge of the growing city. When he left 23 years later he’d led the paper to the most unlikely David and Goliath upset in the history of American newspaper competition and helped win two Pulitzer Prizes. 

He spent time with small town hoodlums and big time politicians, crossing swords with both Big Oil and Big Labor as he rose from foot soldier to field marshal in the Great Alaska Newspaper War. That struggle encompassed the defining political struggles of the era—from oil development to Native sovereignty, from parkland designations to environmental activism. 

His newspaper pulled no punches then and Weaver has pulled none now in this definitive account of the fierce and often funny fight to the finish against the long-dominant Anchorage Times.
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