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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: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

Often touted as a fairytale for adults, Alaska author Eowyn Ivey’s debut novel, The Snow Child, is a vividly depicted story about the heartache of life’s trials and the healing we are capable of. Set against the backdrop of 1920s Alaskan frontier... more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM Literature 1 Comments

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Lisa Sakulensky

Bestselling Canadian author Lawrence Hill pursues a lifelong interest in African diaspora narratives. As a part of the research for a book he’s writing about the contribution of African American soldiers to the construction of the Alaska Highway... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Amazon.ca

Rumbling with dark humour, real life and bewitching characters, Eden Robinson’s latest novel, Son of a Trickster, is a confident coming-of-age story with a beautifully rhythmic cadence. Set in Kitimat, British Columbia, which is the town adjacent... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Dave Brosha

Jamie Bastedo is not new to the Yukon. He first came to the territory 35 years ago as a biology graduate student. “Think Never Cry Wolf,” he says. “My head full of book knowledge about northern landscapes and cultures.” more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Amazon.com

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 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

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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: 2016-12-14, 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: 2016-12-07

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

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: 2016-10-26, PHOTO: amazon.com

Do ghosts exist? For some they do. The main character in Marcelle Dubé´s novel, Shelter, moves into a haunted house in a small town in Ontario. Dubé started the story as a gothic novel and in the end it became a ghost story. more

Oct 26, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Isssue: 2016-10-19

I am not one who likes to read dry historical tomes. I like to absorb my history through the sugar coated pill of historical fiction, written by an author whose research is meticulous. And in this genre, Louis de Bernieres is a master. His works... more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-09-29

Though best known for his 15 collections of verse (a term he preferred to poetry in reference to his own work) Robert Service also wrote novels. Between 1909 and 1927, he produced some genre material: adventure, mystery, science fiction and horror. more

Sep 29, 2016 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2016-09-22

Inspired by the Yukon winter and the road closures that lead to a feeling of isolation, Elle Wild her first crime novel and set it in Dawson City. The novel, called Strange Things Done, ­won the Arthur Ellis Award 2015 for Best Unpublished First... more

Sep 22, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-09-01

Steve Pitt came to the Yukon in 1982 to attend his sister’s wedding. She was marrying Dal Fry, son of Art and Margie Fry. That’s part of how Art ended up as a character in Steve’s book, The Wail of the Wendigo. The book is a young adult adventure... more

Sep 1, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2015-10-22 PHOTO: kozzi.com

I don’t mean to alarm you, but it’s almost Hallowe’en, which, as all Yukoners know, means winter will soon descend upon us with the stumbling, frozen fury of a zombie horde from The Walking Dead. If that’s not scary enough for you, here’s three... more

Oct 22, 2015 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2015-04-30 PHOTO: kozzi.com

As they approached Faro, the dismal little houses with their grey rooftops and tiny square windows gradually came into view. Smoke billowed out of their chimneys and formed a thin veil across the darkening sky. more

Apr 30, 2015 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2015-04-16 PHOTO: Marten Berkman

“Writing poetry makes me happy,” Joanna Lilley says. “I am somewhere else when I write poetry. I am an intuitive writer.” The Whitehorse based poet will be part of The Edmonton Poetry Festival from April 19 to 26. “Poetry Moves” is the theme. more

Apr 16, 2015 12:00 AM Literature

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