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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tricia Brown  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: in

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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, 2016Books 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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Children of the midnight sun :
ISBN: 0882405004. OCLC Number:

Alaska Northwest Books,. Anchorage :. ©1998.

Photographs and text present the experiences and way of life of Tlingit, Athabascan, Yupik, and other Native American children in the villages, cities, and bush areas of Alaska. For Native children, growing up in Alaska today means dwelling in a place where traditional practices sometimes mix oddly with modern conveniences. "Children of the Midnight Sun" explores the lives of eight Alaskan Native children, each representing a unique and ancient culture. This extraordinary book also looks at the critical role elders play in teaching the young Native traditions.

The itchy little musk ox /
ISBN: 0882406140. OCLC Number:

Alaska Northwest Books,. Anchorage :. ©2007.

Although his mother urges patience, a young musk ox who cannot wait for his skin to stop itching wanders away from the herd to find anything with which he can scratch, and meets three other creatures who teach him about his strengths.

Groucho's eyebrows /
ISBN: 088240556X. OCLC Number:

Alaska Northwest Books,. [Anchorage, AK] :. ©2003.

Even though she makes fun of his silly eyebrows, Kristie loves her cat, Groucho, so when he disappears on a snowy night in the wilds of Alaska she worries about everything that could happen to him.

Alaskan night before Christmas /
ISBN: 1589805542. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub. Co.,. Gretna, La. :. 2008.

A self-centered caribou named Kotzebue, on a mission to get some recognition and prove that reindeer do not pull Santa's sleigh, ends up losing his spot and learning an important lesson.

Silent storytellers of Totem Bight State Historical Park /
ISBN: 0930931971. OCLC Number:

Alaska Geographic Association,. Anchorage :. 2009.

Musher's night before Christmas /
ISBN: 1589808436. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub.,. Gretna, La. :. 2011.

When Nome, Alaska, is snowed in on Christmas Eve, Santa enlists the aid of a dog musher who lives on the Iditerod Trail. Includes facts about Alaska and dog sled racing.

Patsy Ann of Alaska :
ISBN: 1570616973. OCLC Number:

Sasquatch Books/Paws IV Children's Books,. Seattle, WA :. ©2011.

Recounts the story of Patsy Ann, a purebred white bull terrier who was born deaf and did not want to stay at home or wear a collar, lived in the port of Juneau, Alaska, from 1929 to 1942, and greeted all incoming ships.

Charlie and the blanket toss /
ISBN: 1941821073. OCLC Number:

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Charlie, an Inupiat boy, is excited about the upcoming festival to celebrate a successful whale hunt, but afraid when he thinks this might be the year he takes part in the traditional blanket toss. Includes glossary and notes on Inupiat whaling traditions.

Bobbie the Wonder Dog :
ISBN: 1943328366. OCLC Number:

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Bobbie the Wonder Dog was a scotch collie mix who was lost on a family trip from Oregon to Indiana and walked all the way home, nearly 3000 miles and six months to the day he was lost, to the people he loved.

Zig :
ISBN: 069268607X. OCLC Number:

Husky Homestead,. Denali Park, Alaska :. 2016.

Zig is the princess of the dog yard in this story about a hard-working, well-loved Alaska sled dog at Jeff King's Husky Homestead> How do we know she's a favorite? Well, the boss lets her sleep in the cabin an ride in the truck cab. Spoiled? Never!

Iditarod country :
ISBN: 0945397666. OCLC Number:

Epicenter Press,. Kenmore, WA :. 1998.

Introduction to some of the places and faces along the Iditarod Trail.

Wild Alaska :
ISBN: 0898865832. OCLC Number:

The Mountaineers,. Seattle :. ©1999.

Iditarod fact book :
ISBN: 0974501492. OCLC Number:

Epicenter Press,. Kenmore, WA :. ©2006.

The Iditarod Fact Book is jam-packed with fascinating facts and figures about the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Updated following the 2006 race, this handy guide includes facts on race champions, volunteers, sleds and gear, checkpoints, mushers' clothing, the expense of running the race, inherent dangers on the trail, entry requirements, food for the dogs and drivers, race history, pronunciations, mandatory layovers, love for the dogs, mountain passes and weather, strategies, vet care, full text of the official rules, and more. Included are 20 b&w photos by official Iditarod photographer Jeff Schultz and many illustrations by official Iditarod artist Jon Van Zyle, a member of the Iditarod Hall of Fame.

Fairbanks :
ISBN: 0882405284. OCLC Number:

Alaska Northwest Books,. Portland, OR :. ©2000.

The world-famous Alaska Highway :
ISBN: 1555917496. OCLC Number:

Fulcrum Pub.,. Golden, Colo. :. ©2011.

The Alaska Highway--or the Alcan--is a portal to some of the most beautiful places in North America. With full-color maps and photos, this comprehensive guidebook includes details on trip preparation; considerations along the way; places to hike, bike, fish, and boat; attractions and festivals; and Alaska's famed wildlife.

The Alaska homesteader's handbook :
ISBN: 0882408119. OCLC Number:

Alaska Northwest Books,. Portland :. ©2012.

"The Alaska Homesteader's Handbook is a remarkable compilation of practical information for living in one of the most impractical and inhospitable land-scapes in the United States."--Back cover.

Speaking Engagements

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.