Tricia Brown

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General Information

Name: Tricia Brown

Pen Name: None


Born: in



Illinois Connection

Brown was born and raised in the Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tricia Brown is an author, editor, journalist and book developer. She has written more than twenty-five titles, among them seven children's picture books, all of them on Alaska subjects. Her work has been nationally honored for compassionate, insightful depictations of Alaska natives and for children's literature. She holds a Bachelor's degree in journalism and a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Tricia first moved north to Alaska from the Chicago area in 1978. For the next twenty-one years, she was the founding editor of Heartland, the Sunday magazine of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, wrote for the Anchorage Daily News, and later edited the popular Alaska magazine before entering book publishing in 1996. For five years, she was acquisitions editor for Alaska Northwest Books and WestWinds Press, a job that took her to Portland, Oregon.

Tricia's editing and contribution credits include dozens of print and/or enhanced e-books on dog mushing, Alaska Native cultures, Alaska travel, and the frontier lifestyle. In addition, national publishers have asked her to help develop their books on gardening, self-help, autobiography, and other genre. These books include: Discovery Travel Adventure's Alaskan Wilderness, Alaska Geographic's Native Cultures in Alaska: Looking Forward, Looking Back, Lessons My Sled Dog Taught Me: Humor & Heartwarming Tails from Alaska's Mushers, Sled Dog Wisdom: Humorous and Heartwarming Tales of Alaska's Mushers, Fresh Air in the Attic: Welcome Makeovers for 7 Classic Quilts, Moose Views, and The Alaska Almanac: Facts About Alaska, 22nd Edition.

Published Works

Books for Kids:

  • Children of the Midnight Sun, Alaska Northwest Books, 1998
  • Groucho's Eyebrows: An Alaskan Cat Tale, Alaska Northwest Books, 2003 - reprinted 2012
  • The Itchy Little Musk Ox, Alaska Northwest Books, 2007
  • The Alaskan Night Before Christmas, Pelican Publishing, 2008
  • Musher's Night Before Christmas, Pelican Publishing, 2011
  • Patsy Ann of Alaska: The True Story of a Dog, Sasquatch Books, 2011
  • Charlie and the Blanket Toss, Alaska Northwest Books, 2014
  • Bobbie the Wonder Dog: A True Story, WestWinds Press, 2016
  • Zig The Princess Warrior, Husky Homestead Press, 2016

Books about Alaska:

  • Iditarod Country: Exploring the Route of the Last Great Race, Epicenter Press , 1998
  • Wild Alaska: The Complete Guide to Parks, Preserves, Wildlife Refuges, & Other Public Lands, Mountaineers Books, 1999 - second edition
  • Fairbanks: Alaska's Heart of Gold, Alaska Northwest Books, 2000 - repinted 2011
  • Iditarod Fact Book: A Complete Guide to the Last Great Race, Epicenter Press, 2007
  • Silent Storytellers of Totem Bight State Historic Park, Alaska Geographic, 2009
  • World Famous Alaska Highway, 4th Edition: A Guide to the Alcan & Other Wilderness Roads of the North, Fulcrum, 2011
  • Alaska Homesteader's Handbook: Independent Living on the Last Frontier, Alaska Northwest Books, 2012
  • Iditarod: Images of Sports, Arcadia Publishing, 2014
  • St. Helens: Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, 2015 - written with The Columbia County Museum Association

Titles at Your Library

Alaskan Night Before Christmas (Night Before Christmas Series)

ISBN: 1589805542
Release Date: 2008-07-22

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Silent Storytellers of Totem Bight State Historic Park

ISBN: 0930931971
Release Date: 2009

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Charlie and the Blanket Toss

ISBN: 1941821073
Release Date: 2014-09-15

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Zig The Princess Warrior

ISBN: 069268607X
Release Date: 2016

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St. Helens

ISBN: 1531677789
Release Date: 2015-06-01

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Tricia is a popular speaker in schools, libraries, and events in Alaska as well as the Lower 48. Her multi-media presentations, which include lessons on Alaska natural history and culture, regularly receive high praise from educators and parents. She loves to get kids excited about reading, writing, and art. Tricia welcomes invitations from schools and libraries anywhere in the country. Check her website at to view her calendar and for details on how to arrange a day or half-day visit to your town.

External Links

Tricia Brown on WorldCat


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