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Fairbanks Daily.. Future of books captured in 2 links

Writing Alaska: Fairbanks-born Melinda Moustakis gains acclaim for Kenai-based stories

by Jeff Richardson

Jan 08, 2012

FAIRBANKS - Just a few years ago, the outlook was bleak for Melinda Moustakis.

The Fairbanks-born writer had no job. She was broke. She had moved to Michigan to attend school for reasons that seemed to crumble soon after her arrival.

The memory of that not-so-distant reality, it turns out, made 2011 pretty special. Her first book, “Bear Down Bear North,” was published last year, an achievement that spotlighted her selection as winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and earned her recognition as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” honorees, given to five of the top young fiction writers in the country.

“It’s been sort of wonderful,” Moustakis said during a phone interview. “A dream, really.”

Moustakis, 29, owes her good year to...

Roll with the changes: Gulliver’s hopes to boost business with online bookstore

by Jeff Richardson
Jan 09, 2012

FAIRBANKS — After slowly watching online purchases nibble away at his business, Gulliver’s Books owner David Hollingsworth has decided it’s time to join the digital revolution.

The independent bookstore in College has launched its own online store, hoping to capitalize on Web sales of digital and traditional books. Gulliver’s began publicizing its new store at two weeks ago, a month after a quiet launch.

It was a tough decision for Hollingsworth, who has hung onto an old-school bookstore approach while online retailers like Amazon boomed by selling books online. Customers still...