What's Up Yukon - Literature Stories

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    Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO:

    A Satirical Race Through a Parallel Universe

    In the aftermath of getting kicked out by his wife, Jack Vesoovian begins a cross-country search for his missing friend, Petronius Totem. But there’s nothing straightforward about finding anyone in a world where a multi-national fibre optic... more

    Sep 6, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO:

    Slap on a Hat, Slip into this Book

    Every summer, Rose and her family pack up and head to their cottage in Awago Beach. There, the long days melt into lake swims and beach fires, counting stars, five-cent candies, watching movies and running around with her summer-sister, Windy. more

    Aug 30, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO:

    Poking Fun at Some National Icons on Our Birthday

    During a year when there have been a lot of serious books written about our national identity, it stands to reason that a nation that loves to watch This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Rick Mercer Show and Still Standing would produce at least one book... more

    Aug 30, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: courtesy of Kathy Munro

    Fresh Poetic Summer Reads

    Body of Evidence: A Collection of Killer ’Ku, edited by Kathy Munro and Jessica Simon Haiku is traditionally five-seven-five-syllable poems about nature, love and emotions. Haiku has its origins in Japan and a zen-like, peaceful spirit. more

    Aug 30, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-23, PHOTO: courtesy of the Went family

    There’s Always a Stack of Books Hidden Under Their Quilts

    The Yukon Imagination Library — non-profit organization that gives free books to Yukon children from birth to age four — is turning 10 this year. To celebrate the milestone we have collected reading stories from families who have used the library... more

    Aug 23, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Leonard Linklater

    From Stage to Page

    When Yukon playwright Patti Flather launched the book of her highly acclaimed play, Paradise, on a warm June evening at Baked Café in Whitehorse, Mac’s Fireweed Books sold out all their copies. “The thing about a play, is after it’s produced it’s... more

    Aug 16, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-09, Photo: Caitlin Press

    Memoirs of an Atlin School Marm

    If there is any failing in Terry Milos' excellent memoir North of Familiar: A Woman's Story of Homesteading and Adventure in the Canadian Wilderness, it is this: nowhere within these wonderful 208 pages does she get around to physically describing... more

    Aug 9, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-02

    Yukon's Fictional Geography

    Writers have been fictionalizing the Yukon since the days of London and Service. This may just happen for dramatic licence, to fit some plot point, or to be certain that they don’t actually come too close to describing a real person or place. more

    Aug 2, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-02, PHOTO:

    Ordinary Bones of Extraordinary People

    Henry is an introvert. He leads a fairly simple and solitary existence; works at a mechanic garage for wages and collects bones to assemble into bird skeletons for fun. He lives alone, quietly playing different supporting roles for the few people... more

    Aug 2, 2017

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    Imagine the Yukon - Part 1

    To kick off this series, we asked MLA Geraldine Van Bibber to tell us what her favourite book was when she was a child. Here’s what she said: “When I was asked to name a favourite book, I could not. Because to me each book had magic and secrets in i more

    Jul 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-07-19, PHOTO: Harbour Publishing

    Wilderness Living with a Canine View

    Alert: For the dog lovers out there! Patient, boisterous, loyal and stubborn, every dog has a singular personality with a combination of unique traits; but there are certain qualities — like good with people, comfortable in the wild, can carry a... more

    Jul 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: Courtesy of Dan Davidson

    Remembering Canada's Centennial Year

    I was in Grade 10 in 1967. For some reason my school provided high school students with tree saplings to take home and plant. Why they were willow trees instead of maple trees I have no idea. Mine has been growing ever since, and it was a monster... more

    Jul 12, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: courtesy of Yvonne Mueller

    An Inspiring Book, Found in a Unique Bookstore

    MacLeod’s Books in Vancouver is a book lover's dream. Books are piled up from floor to ceiling. Fortunately, the friendly staff helps you to navigate through the wide selection of books – some of them quite old and rare. When my partner and I... more

    Jul 12, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

    A Naturalist’s Guide to Spirituality

    It’s no secret the demands of modern western cultures are increasingly detrimental to our natural environment and swiftly changing the social fabric of our communities. And change is constant. more

    Jun 28, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Courtesy of Dan Davidson

    Books to Celebrate 150 years of Canada

    In this book, two youngsters, a boy and a girl, trek access the nation with Barry Beaver. On each two page spread, the girl, holding her hand a little farther apart each time, asks the boy, “Do you love Canada THIS much?” more

    Jun 28, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO:

    A Feast of Living Off Canada’s Northern West Coast

    Bordering on a genre of its own, Susan Musgrave’s cookbook-cum-community memoir, A Taste of Haida Gwaii is filled with the author’s joyful confidence in the unpredictable nature of things. But that’s simply one of its many charms. Musgrave lives... more

    Jun 14, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: House of Anansi Press

    A book Canadians “must read”

    A vicious attack leaves two girls hospitalized. Their families, reeling, draw together, looking for answers. In her arresting debut novel, The Break, author Katherena Vermette, a Metis writer from Treaty One territory, weaves together the stories... more

    Jun 7, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

    The Things that Weather You, Shape You

    Often touted as a fairytale for adults, Alaska author Eowyn Ivey’s debut novel, The Snow Child, is a vividly depicted story about the heartache of life’s trials and the healing we are capable of. Set against the backdrop of 1920s Alaskan frontier... more

    May 31, 2017


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    Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Beatle Stations

    Somewhere in the tangle of ersatz gold rush facades, back alley shops and parking lots of Whitehorse, a portrait of the Fab Four used to sweep across the wall of one of the city’s shopping malls. Or did I imagine it? It’s gone now, but I remember... more

    May 31, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

    North Words

    “Exploring the Frontiers of Language” will be the theme of this year’s edition of the North Words Writers Symposium, which will be held in Skagway from May 31 to June 3. This is the eighth annual symposium since the event’s inception... more

    May 24, 2017

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