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Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Pixabay

Recently, I was meandering through my trusty Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (shorter, as in not quite as gargantuan as the Encyclopaedia Britannica). This is a habit I acquired in my youth, but indulge less frequently these days, usually when... more

Apr 26, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Amazon.com

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: amazon.com

“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 12:00 AM Literature

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

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-03-15, Photo: Courtesy of Claude Vallier

Interest in backcountry skiing in the Yukon has taken off, especially among tourists, says backcountry ski expert and guide Claude Vallier. Vallier recently published a backcountry guide book to the Haines Pass, to accompany the guide book he... more

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Wikipedia

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 12:00 AM Literature

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

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Amazon.com

From breakfast to dinner, allergies to diets, less sugar, more greens — we talk a lot about what we do and do not eat. But what about once we’ve supped our plates clean? Do you feel awkward already? Digestion is a private if not at times taboo... more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Amazon.com

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

I have been told the "winner writes history." Taking this idea a bit further and you might think history is all about battles, economic or ecological, or just about power. But history is much more than that. I recently had an opportunity to touch... more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-12-07

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-11-30, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

Every December since 2009, Lise Schonewille, manager of Mac’s Fireweed Books, celebrates Winterval, the start of the holiday season, with local authors in the store. Over the years the event has showcased a diverse collection of Yukon literature... more

Nov 30, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-11-30, PHOTO: wikimedia.org

This is a book about the beautiful sadness of surviving. In Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, a fictional swine flu pandemic, called the Georgia Flu, wipes out a fantastic number of the population – around four out of five people on the... more

Nov 30, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-11-16, Art: Aislinn Cornett

Aislinn Cornett is an art therapist, writer, artist and adventurer born in Whitehorse, Yukon. She currently lives, writes and doodles on the beach in Mexico. more

Nov 16, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2016-11-09, PHOTO: by Elke Reinauer

Good news first: Canada will be a guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Bad news: We have to wait four years. 2020 is far away, but Livres Canada is already excited about it and posting the news on its website. This year, Flanders (a part... more

Nov 9, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: wikimedia.com

“Stories are not only words, you know. Words are just the clothes that people drape on stories.” - Brian Doyle, author of Mink River I was drawn to Mink River without knowing the author or the story... more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Just a week or so ago the newly published Atlas Obscura, subtitled, “An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders,” arrived on my desk sporting an enthusiastic recommendation from fantasy and comic book writer, Neil Gaiman. It’s a 470 page... more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: by Paul Rath

Swans, hummingbirds and penguins, for example, have more than wings and feathers in common. They each have a collective noun, too. Here is a rudimentary grammar lesson: nouns are the names of people, places or things: toddler, island or bird... more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: imagebase

"There's no 'should' or 'should not' when it comes to having feelings. They're part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control. When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those... more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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