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.

kjmunro and I are attending on behalf of eight Yukon writers who contributed to poem.a, a one-of-a-kind multi-lingual circumpolar anthology. A product of the ArtArctica festival in Finland, the book of poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, is written in several languages of the north, including English and French.

Rounding out the group is Bob Hayes with his new release Zhou: The Clan of the Wolf. Hot off the press, the story drawn from Hayes’ knowledge as a wolf biologist is “just a fantastic read,” says Schonewille. This is Hayes’ first work of long fiction.

To celebrate these and other truly unique northern stories, stop by Mac’s on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.