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Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: amazon.ca

In the summer of 1972 Pierre Berton decided to recreate a trip he had taken with his mother, father and sister back in the 1930s and take his family rafting from Bennett Lake to Dawson City. Some of them had earlier hiked the Chilkoot Pass, so... more

Nov 15, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-11-08, PHOTO: courtesy of the Gates Collection

This is a slightly different edition of The Bookshelf. As with the earlier columns, this one features a book that reflects on Canadian and Yukon history. The difference is that this column is going to direct you to a website... more

Nov 8, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-10-04, Photo: Amazon.ca

Continuing this series of reviews of books that deal with the Canadian identity and, to an extent, with the idea of Canada at 150, we come to the latest book by former Berton House writer-in-residence Charlotte Gray. It’s called The Promise of... more

Oct 4, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: amazon.ca

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-08-02

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 12:00 AM Literature

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

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 12:00 AM Literature

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

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 12:00 AM Literature