‘A’ Is For Alaska Author Book Signing Event

“To the pioneer school teachers who considered it worthy to leave the comforts of home and teach Alaskan children,” reads the dedication of ‘A’ Is For Alaska: Teacher to the Territory, the author of which, Naomi Gaede-Penner, will hold a book signing event June 13 at Parker Recreation Center in Parker, Colorado.

The book tells the story of Anna Bortel Church, a woman who much like the Alaska spawning salmon swim upstream, “swam against the current of a society” that expected her to become a wife and mother. Instead, in 1954, the schoolteacher drove up the Alaska-Canada highway from Ohio to Valdez, where snow was measured in feet, not inches to teach in an Athabascan village along the Yukon River.

Author Gaede-Penner was a student of Bortel Church’s and will be at Parker Recreation Center from 7 to 8 p.m. at 17301 E. Lincoln Ave. in Parker, Colorado on June 13 to sign copies of her book.

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