The Alaska Quarterly Review is 37 years strong. Its latest edition acts as a printed treasure celebrating Alaska.

Editor-in-Chief Ronald Spatz says AQR is a literary journal in book form. He says they field thousands of writer submissions from all over the world, seeking out emerging writers. and publish a collection of poems, essays and a special feature in each issue.

The latest special feature is called “The Lonely Islands: Attu and Kiska.” Spatz says the islands were the only part of the U.S. that were invaded and captured during World War II. 

"It celebrates our military men and women, and their sacrifices," Spatz said. "It also is about what happens in the world and how strategic Alaska is."

Spatz says the feature also celebrates the state's environment and the resilience of the land.

"These islands now are no longer populated," he said. "The scars of war 76 years ago are still absolutely vivid, and it's a lesson about the nature of war as well."

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AQR is published twice a year. Spatz says the latest edition of Alaska Quarterly Review is available for purchase locally at Barnes and Noble and the Anchorage Museum. You can also buy the book online.

Coinciding with Alaska Book Week, the latest edition of AQR will debut at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Writer's Block Bookstore & Cafe in Anchorage.

Contributing editor Bonnie Nazdam will be at the event to read her work. It is free to attend.

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