What's Up Yukon - Literature Stories

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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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    Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Lisa Sakulensky

    When the Land Has a Character

    Bestselling Canadian author Lawrence Hill pursues a lifelong interest in African diaspora narratives. As a part of the research for a book he’s writing about the contribution of African American soldiers to the construction of the Alaska Highway... more

    May 17, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO:

    Playing in the Dark

    Rumbling with dark humour, real life and bewitching characters, Eden Robinson’s latest novel, Son of a Trickster, is a confident coming-of-age story with a beautifully rhythmic cadence. Set in Kitimat, British Columbia, which is the town adjacent... more

    May 17, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: courtesy of Joanna Lilley

    All Her Roads Lead to Poetry

    Yukon based writer Joanna Lilley has just published her second collection of poetry If there Were Roads by Turnstone Press; she says that there are no roads to the past. “You can never go back.” Inspired by a childhood memory, she wrote “The... more

    May 10, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Kimberley French

    Poetry for Change

    Sheri-D Wilson, who calls herself The Mama of Dada, is an award-winning spoken word poet, educator, speaker and activist, who has performed in literary, film and folk music festivals in Canada, USA, England, France, Mexico, Belgium, and South Africa. more

    May 10, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Dave Brosha

    Good Advice

    Jamie Bastedo is not new to the Yukon. He first came to the territory 35 years ago as a biology graduate student. “Think Never Cry Wolf,” he says. “My head full of book knowledge about northern landscapes and cultures.” more

    May 10, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: A. Smith

    Writing as a Full Time Profession

    James Bernard MacKinnon, commonly bylined as J.B. MacKinnon, will be coming to the Yukon from Vancouver to be the Yukon Public Libraries’ choice as a travelling writer to visit a number of communities during the Yukon Writers’ Festival taking... more

    May 3, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

    Chronicling the Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community

    I’m very jealous of what Whitehorse based Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly have managed to pull off with their delightful book, Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community (published last month, Lost Moose, 240 pages, $24.95). more

    May 3, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO:

    Of Breasts and Beyond

    Breasts, boobs, tits, tatas. Mind the title, because, yes, this really is a story about tits, but it’s also, oh! so much more than that. Because, what are breasts to women? I won’t overstep boundaries and assume to know everyone’s relationship... more

    May 3, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO:

    A Contemplative Celebration of Place

    Our environment says much to those who will listen, and author Stephen Hume is all ears. Distilled from curiosity and personal ruminations, Hume ponders the wonders and uncertainties of life in British Columbia in his book A Walk With the Rainy... more

    May 3, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: courtesy of Shot in the Dark Productions

    Using Stories to Make People Think

    Whitehorse based writer and filmmaker Kelly Milner grew up in the Yukon. She cut her writing teeth doing feature articles for a local newspaper. “I loved that job and it helped me pursue a degree in journalism where I specialized in documentary... more

    Apr 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Roger Lemoyne

    A Mentor for Yukon Young Writers

    Born in England, but transplanted to Newfoundland when she was very young, Kathleen Winter credits libraries with kick starting her interest in writing. “We moved around a bit and in one village the only library was ‘the bookmobile,’ a van filled... more

    Apr 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO:

    Superhero Highschool

    Growing up is hard. And the microcosm of high school — with its changing expectations and responsibilities and the push-pull of social dynamics, while, at the same time, you’re trying to establish emotional coping mechanisms and, above all... more

    Apr 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO:

    Domestic Bliss

    Do you or someone you know love books almost as much as their pet? These three books draw on the animals in our outer lives to illuminate the complexity of our inner lives. more

    Apr 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Books to Spring Forward

    It’s (hopefully) coming to the last wintery blows before the ice breaks; the spring will soon rush in and soon after we can cast our mittens aside for a season. Enjoy the longer nights – while they last – by burying yourself in one (or all) of... more

    Apr 12, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO:

    History Offers Timeless Perspectives

    Stories are invaluable teachers, says B.C. author Caroline Woodward, they have the ability to “give us whole worlds.” Old stories, too, are relevant artefacts that help us gain perspective on how much, or how little, progress we have made. more

    Apr 5, 2017

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