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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: 2017-03-22, 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: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Amazon.com

“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 12:00 AM Literature

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

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Salt Spring Island with her husband, she saw a small ad in the Gulf Islands Driftwood about a literary competition for unpublished B.C...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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Amazon.com

Parents and teachers, do you have a budding Jack London in your midst? Kids in Grades 1-7 are invited to enter the Yukon Quest Short Story Competition. The contest is divided into two categories with children in Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-7 will be... more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Families

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Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Amazon.com

“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 12:00 AM Literature

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

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Graphicstock

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 12:00 AM Literature

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

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: Graphicstock

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-12-21

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-12-21

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 12:00 AM Literature

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: amazon.com

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 12:00 AM Literature

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

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 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-12-07

About the same time as I was reading Elle Wild’s very entertaining mystery novel, Strange Things Done, I happened to watch a discussion between best selling novelists Stephen King and Lee Child. Part of the discussion was about settings, and Child... more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 AM Dawson City

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

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 12:00 AM Literature

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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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