Recommended Reading

F. Stuart Chapman III

F. Stuart Chapin III, known to his friends as “Terry,” is an Alaskan ecologist whose research has addressed the effects of changes in climate and wildfire on Alaskan ecology and rural communities. He explores ways that communities and agencies can increase sustainability of ecosystems and human communities over the long term despite rapid climatic and social changes. In this way, society can proactively shape changes toward a more sustainable future. He pursues this internationally through the Resilience Alliance, nationally through the Ecological Society of America, and in Alaska through partnerships with rural indigenous communities.

Terry has written leading textbooks in ecosystem stewardship, ecosystem ecology, and plant physiological ecology. Based on his stewardship work, for which he was awarded the 2019 Volvo Environment Prize, he recently publishedGrassroots Stewardship: Sustainability Within Our Reach” to explore stewardship with a general audience. This book presents a positive and pragmatic strategy by which individual citizens can shape a more sustainable future for nature and society.

Sean McGuire

Sean McGuire is an author and local Fairbanks business person who is well known for his progressive activism. Beyond his aggressive defense of the wolves of Denali National Park and elsewhere, Sean also walked 12,000 miles from Alaska’s Yukon River to Key West, Florida in the 1970’s, earning a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records. This massive adventure promoted the passage of the then-pending federal legislation that created millions of acres of new Alaska National Parks and Wildlife Refuges, as well as National Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Sean’s book Two Toes is a fictional story based on Sean’s early experience with aerial wolf hunters in the Central Brooks Range. The story follows five distinct groups— aerial and snow machining wolf hunters, rednecks, hippies, Native Alaskans ,and the Park Service rangers managing the brand new Gates of the Arctic National Park. The groups are thrown together in the tiny Koykuk River settlement of Whiskey Rock to fight over the fate of the elusive Two Toes “Magic Pack”, the wolf hunting circle’s greatest sought after prize. Cultures and value systems clash as the novel chronicles the front lines of Alaska’s war on wolves, a conflict that continues in various forms to the present day.

Cloudberry Press 2020 $19.95 available through Amazon

Frank Keim

Frank Keim is an educator, nature writer and environmental activist. He worked for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, an anthropologist in Ecuador for four years, and as a secondary school teacher of Yup’ik Eskimos in Alaska’s Lower Yukon Delta for 21 years. He now lives in Fairbanks.

Frank has published three poetry books, Voices on the Wind (2011), Today I Caught Your Spirit (2014), and Trails Taken…so many still to take… (2018).

Frank has also published two books on Alaska’s rivers, White Water Blue and Down Alaska’s Wild Rivers, both featuring stories from his year’s of exploration down 23 rivers in Alaska’s Arctic and Interior.

The stories are not only about the author and his family and friends as they hiked or floated down those 23 different wild rivers. They are most especially about the rivers themselves and the landscapes they course through. They are also about the birds, plants, insects and large animals that define those rivers and landscapes.

To order either book, email Frank at WWB is $24.95, DAWR is $28.50, plus $3.00 postage.

Bill Sherwonit

Bill is a prolific nature writer, spanning magazines, newspapers, journals, and anthologies. He has also authored more than a dozen books about wild Alaska and its wildlife, and has a regular column in the Anchorage Press.

Selected Titles:

Alaska’s Bears, Alaska Northwest Books, 2016

Animal Stories: Encounters With Alaska’s Wildlife, Alaska Northwest Books, 2014

Alaska’s Accessible Wilderness: A Traveler’s Guide to Alaska’s State Parks, Alaska Northwest Books, 1996

Becoming Wild by Carl Safina

Becoming Wild offers a glimpse into cultures among non-human animals through looks at the lives of individuals in different present-day animal societies. By showing how others teach and learn, Safina offers a fresh understanding of what is constantly going on beyond humanity. With reporting from deep in nature, alongside individual creatures in their free-living communities, this book offers a very privileged glimpse behind the curtain of life on Earth, and helps inform the answer to that most urgent of questions: Who are we here with?”

Order your copy here today!

Deep into Yellowstone by Rick Lamplugh

Looking for a new book? Check out Deep into Yellowstone: A Year’s Immersion in Grandeur and Controversy by Rick Lamplugh. Follow Rick as he spends a year meandering through Yellowstone, digging deep into wildlife controversies: the removal of grizzlies from the Endangered Species Act, the hunting of park wolves along the park’s border, the overuse of the park itself, and others. Check out Rick’s book here.

Oasis Earth by Richard Steiner

Oasis Earth confirms that we are destroying the biosphere of our Home Planet. We know the causes, consequences, and solutions to this existential crisis, yet we’ve failed to correct it. We are out of time: this decade is our last best chance to save a habitable Earth. Rich with insights from those who have viewed our planet from space and evocative images from the U.N. Environment Program’s international photographic competitions, NASA, Greenpeace and others, Oasis Earth weaves a journey through the extraordinary diversity of life on Earth, the interrelated causes of global ecological collapse, and the path to a livable future.”

Available in ebook for a free download or paperback through Amazon.

Beyond Words by Carl Safina

Check out Carl Safina’s new book., Beyond Words, What Elephants and Whales Think and Feel. This adaption of Safina’s 2015 award winning “Beyond Words, What Animals Think and Feel” is aimed at children from ages 10 to 16.

In the original book Safina offers an intimate personal accounting of experiences with wild animals that challenge the fixed boundary between human and non human animals. Safina, a celebrated marine scientist, challenges reader to recalculate how we interact with animals through stories of joy, grief, jealousy and love. The story has adapted to offer these experiences and perspectives to an audience of young readers. This new release (the first of a two-part series) has quickly risen to become Amazon’s #1 top seller in Children Zoology.

Buy your copy here!

Among Wolves by Gordon Haber and Marybeth Holleman

“Alaska’s wolves lost their fiercest advocate, Gordon Haber, when his research plane crashed in Denali National Park in 2009. Passionate, tenacious, and occasionally brash, Haber, a former hockey player and park ranger, devoted his life to Denali’s wolves.

Haber’s field notes, his extensive journals, and stories from friends all come together in Among Wolves to reveal much about both the wolves he studied and the researcher himself. Wolves continue to fascinate and polarize people, and Haber’s work continues to resonate.”

Check out the book on Amazon.


  1. A good start…but so very many other Alaskan author/ wildlife books to read! Debbie Miller; Kim Heacox; Tom Walker; Lynn Schooler; Richard K. Nelson; Adolph Murie; Amy Gulick; Nancy Lord; so many others!!

    1. There certainly is! This is a working document, so we’ll be adding plenty more as time goes on 🙂 Thank you for the suggestions!

  2. Love these suggestions. Some of them, I’ve read, many I look forward to checking out.
    Wolves of the Yukon by Bob Hayes is one of my favorites.
    Thank you

    1. You’re very welcome! We’ll definitely add Wolves of the Yukon to our to-be-read list 🙂

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