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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: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

Just for the heck of it, let’s take a look at three English words that, on the surface of things, appear to have a lot in common. Before we start, I want to mention once again my amazement that anyone can actually understand the English language... more

Nov 1, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Hoefs family collection

Yukon’s history – its time scale and events – is different from any other Canadian jurisdiction. The northern portion of the Territory was part of Beringia, an ice-free area that extended from the Yukon and Alaska across the Bering Land-bridge... more

Nov 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2017-10-25, PHOTO: Pixabay

The editor at What’s Up Yukon doesn’t often receive handwritten letters, but there were two on file when I arrived. We’ve sent Mrs. Schorn a copy of her letter in print and I hope she’s found some new penpals from our efforts... more

Oct 25, 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: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: amazon.ca

In the aftermath of getting kicked out by his wife, Jack Vesoovian begins a cross-country search for his missing friend, Petronius Totem. But there’s nothing straightforward about finding anyone in a world where a multi-national fibre optic... more

Sep 6, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: Amazon.com

Every summer, Rose and her family pack up and head to their cottage in Awago Beach. There, the long days melt into lake swims and beach fires, counting stars, five-cent candies, watching movies and running around with her summer-sister, Windy. more

Aug 30, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-08-23, PHOTO: courtesy of the Went family

The Yukon Imagination Library — non-profit organization that gives free books to Yukon children from birth to age four — is turning 10 this year. To celebrate the milestone we have collected reading stories from families who have used the library... more

Aug 23, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-08-09, Photo: Caitlin Press

If there is any failing in Terry Milos' excellent memoir North of Familiar: A Woman's Story of Homesteading and Adventure in the Canadian Wilderness, it is this: nowhere within these wonderful 208 pages does she get around to physically describing... more

Aug 9, 2017 12:00 AM Literature 1 Comments

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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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Courtesy of the Yukon Imagination Library

To kick off this series, we asked MLA Geraldine Van Bibber to tell us what her favourite book was when she was a child. Here’s what she said: “When I was asked to name a favourite book, I could not. Because to me each book had magic and secrets in i more

Jul 26, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: United States Library of Congress

It occurred to me while watching the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians with my grandchildren – their first World Series – that I wasn't doing a very good job of explaining the game to them because we were all too... more

Jul 12, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: courtesy of Yvonne Mueller

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

It occurred to me while watching the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians with my grandchildren – their first World Series – that I wasn't doing a very good job of explaining the game to them because we were all too... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: courtesy of Peter Steele

At the age of 82, Peter Steele says he has very little memory of his own parents. That’s partly why he decided a few years ago to write his autobiography. “I didn’t want my own kids to able to say the same,” he explains. “I thought I had enough... more

Jun 7, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: Pixabay

It occurred to me while watching the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians with my grandchildren – their first World Series – that I wasn't doing a very good job of explaining the game to them because we were all too... more

Jun 7, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: House of Anansi Press

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

It occurred to me while watching the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians with my grandchildren – their first World Series – that I wasn't doing a very good job of explaining the game to them because we were all too... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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

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 12:00 AM Literature