What's Up Yukon - Literature Stories

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    Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: by Benjamin Lauterbach courtesy of the Frankfurt Book Fair

    Bringing Yukon Literature to the World Stage

    Each October, the city of Frankfurt in Germany plays host to the second largest literary trade fair in the world, with 7,153 exhibitors representing 106 countries present in 2016. The Frankfurt Book Fair (known as the Frankfurter Buchmesse (FBM)... more

    Mar 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO:

    A Fable of Feminist Lore

    “In the beginning was the world. And it was weird.” So begins the story of Cherry and Hero, two women and lovers, in the mythical empire Migdal Bavel. And, yes, the world English author Isabel Greenberg illustrates in her 2016 graphic novel The... more

    Mar 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO:

    A Pioneering Memoir to Keep the Brew True

    “This is how you want to talk about your beers — with pride and a bit of humour too — and to do that, you have to produce beers that you’re proud of.” --Excerpt from Brewing Revolution by Frank Appleton more

    Mar 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Wikipedia

    A Provocative Gold Rush Mystery From the Other Side of the World

    The Luminaries is a story of drama and mystery of the best variety; it will delight both those brainier sorts with a very calculated attention to detail, but also dreamers of the astrological sort— as long as you’re willing to work through its... more

    Mar 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Lori Garrison

    Double Think Twice

    Vurt (Jeff Noon, 1993) A mad romp through a Trainspotting-like drug culture, Vurt features virtual-reality 'feathers' that take you to bizarre and forbidden worlds, shadow-creatures that exist in between this world and the virtual who can slip in... more

    Feb 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Patrick Hawkes

    Cedric Wants You

    Whoooo the heck is Cedric, anyway? We'll come back to that later. About a year after Beth Hawkes moved to Salt Spring Island with her husband, she saw a small ad in the Gulf Islands Driftwood about a literary competition for unpublished B.C... more

    Feb 15, 2017

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    Modern-day Cartoons for Historical Folks

    How to Survive in the North is a graphic novel where three northern tales — two historical and true, one fictional and set in present-day — are woven together in an artistic cartoon arrangement. While the title suggests the book may provide... more

    Feb 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO:

    Birdie - Tracey Lindberg

    “Maybe she didn’t cry because tears were a currency in her life for so long that holding them back meant she was richer.” Birdie is an experience. Here the written word weaves between oral and written history, dreamtime and shared reality... more

    Feb 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Christine Genier

    Writing Down the Soul

    Anyone who has ever put pen to paper knows it can be a daunting experience. To stare at a blank page waiting for the strike of inspiration. When something is finally put down on paper, is it something others might want to read? What works? What... more

    Feb 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Roy Ferguson

    Life Lines

    Faye Ferguson understands the value of documenting one's life stories, for both the writer and the eventual reader. Ferguson is a personal historian based in Victoria, B.C. who helps people fashion their life stories into print or digital forms... more

    Jan 25, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: wikimedia.commons

    Yukon / Utopia

    In “Spell of the Yukon,” Bobby Service suggests, The realm’s Utopia—snock snarls of forests; Avalanches that out-grumble politicos; Gold that outweighs paper dollars backed by zeroes; more

    Jan 25, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Graphicstock

    How to Choose a Library Book

    Libraries are the most thrilling silent spaces to walk into; to me, they’re goldmines of intrigue. But when going in blind, the variety and selection can seem a bit overwhelming. With so many titles how do you make sure you’re choosing the right... more

    Jan 25, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: Graphicstock

    Comics capture real life stories

    Up until a year ago, I was unenthused about graphic novels, but Time Clock by Leslie Stein captured my interest. It’s a great example of the genre’s burgeoning popularity and adult appeal. more

    Jan 11, 2017

  • Writing Toward Inclusion

    Practically unheard of - the top 10 books reviewed last year were evenly split between male and female authors. And never before: the number of men and women reviewing books in Canada is nearly equal. That’s what the Canadian Women in the Literary... more

    Dec 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-12-21

    Birds and Loss

    A plane crashes off the coast of a small island. As the search for survivors surges, the victims’ relatives gather at an inn near the crash site to hope, wonder and come to terms with new loss and old memories. In Birds of Fall author Brad Kessler... more

    Dec 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-12-21

    The Wonder builds up slowly to a thrilling ending

    You may know Irish Canadian author Emma Donoghue by the fame she has gained from her 2010 novel Room, and its film adaptation. I must admit, I have neither watched the film, nor read the book. However, when it came to reading Donoghue’s ninth... more

    Dec 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO:

    The Collapse of Family

    For eight-year-old Ajay Mishra, America brims with the extraordinary opportunities his family could never attain in Delhi, India. So when his mother and older brother, Birju, join their father to live in New York, Ajay revels in the power of their... more

    Dec 14, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: by Meagan Deuling

    Predator and Prey 14,000 Years Ago

    When I first heard Bob Hayes had written a novel set 14,000 years ago that fictionally chronicles the arrival of the first humans to inhabit what is now known as the Yukon Territory, I knew immediately it would be physically accurate like a Louis... more

    Dec 14, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-12-07, PHOTO: courtesy of Jerome Stueart

    This is Home

    Former Yukoner Jerome Stueart and Yukon author Marcelle Dubé will read together form their books on Dec. 13 at Baked Cafe. It will be an evening about fantasy novels. Marcelle Dubé is still deciding from which of her many books she will read: ... more

    Dec 7, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-12-07

    Doubt, Delight and Discomfort

    In the 2014 novel The Room, our protagonist, Björn, works in a standard corporate office simply titled “the Authority.” Everyday he checks in, ties on his indoor shoes and shovels numbered files across a desk; it’s a beige existence. But... more

    Dec 7, 2016

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