What's Up Yukon - Literature Stories

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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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    Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO:

    The Grass is Greener Wherever Convenience Resides

    After Toronto’s worst winter in decades, Amber McMillan is finished with the cold hustle of the big city. She’s tired of the urban trudge, tired of the commute, tired of neighbours whinging, and now she wants out. So along with her partner, Nate... more

    Mar 29, 2017

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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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    Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO:

    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

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