What's Up Yukon - Literature Stories

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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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    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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