Mac's Fireweed Books

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Issue: 2018-02-07, PHOTO: Amazon

In keeping with this column’s focus on Yukon related material, I’m returning this week to a successful thriller that is set in a version of Dawson City. It’s not quite my town in both geography and details, but Elle Wild didn’t try to pretend it... more

Feb. 07, 2018 midnight Literature

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Issue: 2017-12-06, PHOTO: courtesy of the Royal B.C. Museum

Diane Strand, director of community wellness at the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, was working as a Heritage Resource Officer with CAFN during the project. She said that the physical body of an Indigenous ancestor is a powerful confirmation... more

Dec. 20, 2017 midnight Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-10-04, Photo:

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. 04, 2017 midnight Literature

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Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: courtesy of Kathy Munro

Body of Evidence: A Collection of Killer ’Ku, edited by Kathy Munro and Jessica Simon Haiku is traditionally five-seven-five-syllable poems about nature, love and emotions. Haiku has its origins in Japan and a zen-like, peaceful spirit. more

Aug. 30, 2017 midnight Literature


Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Leonard Linklater

When Yukon playwright Patti Flather launched the book of her highly acclaimed play, Paradise, on a warm June evening at Baked Café in Whitehorse, Mac’s Fireweed Books sold out all their copies. “The thing about a play, is after it’s produced it’s... more

Aug. 16, 2017 midnight 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. 09, 2017 midnight Literature 1 Comments

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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. 07, 2017 midnight Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: courtesy of Harbour Publishing

“Everyone talks about the Goldrush. I’m interested in the gaps in history. The points in between,” says Yukon writer Michael Gates, author of From the Klondike to Berlin. Published last month, this book is, perhaps surprisingly, the first to offer... more

May 03, 2017 midnight Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

I’m very jealous of what Whitehorse based Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly have managed to pull off with their delightful book, Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community (published last month, Lost Moose, 240 pages, $24.95). more

May 03, 2017 midnight Literature

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Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO:

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. 05, 2017 midnight 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 midnight Literature

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

While others hunker down against winter’s wrath, the local literary scene is hotter than ever. The winter Writers’ Roundtable organized by the Friends of the Whitehorse Library (FOWL) provides a thorough overview of events for the coming season... more

Nov. 30, 2016 midnight Literature

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Issue: 2016-10-19

Geneviève Doyon and Jessica Hickman have, once again, combed through silent films, searching for excerpts to play on a screen to an audience. This is the third year they’ve done it. Doyon and Hickman are the co-artistic directors of Open Pit... more

Oct. 19, 2016 midnight Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-09-29, PHOTO: by David P. Leonard

Ever since she was a little girl, Teva Harrison drew. She studied art after high school. But, as it often goes, “needing to make a living, I digressed.” After the explanation, Harrison laughs. A joyful, full, belly laugh. To make a living, she... more

Sep. 29, 2016 midnight Literature

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Issue: 2016-07-28, PHOTO: courtesy of Maureen McCulloch

Whitehorse resident Maureen McCulloch wrote her debut novel to bring a message into the world. She wrote the book under the pseudonym, Maureen Senecal. “I used Angels and Aliens to bring the message that mankind needs to work together for the... more

Jul. 28, 2016 midnight Literature


Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Mark Zuehlke grew up in the Okanagan, hearing tales of Remittance Men – those eccentric British immigrants sent here in the late 19th century by their families who didn't know what else to do with them. They were called Remittance Men because of... more

Jun. 09, 2016 midnight Literature


Issue: 2015-10-22 PHOTO: courtesy of Brenda Berezan

Brenda Berezan was an aspiring songwriter when she moved to the Yukon wilderness. Having taken a break from music to run a business and raise her family, she has recently returned to performing and recording. She's now releasing her second album, ... more

Oct. 22, 2015 midnight Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-10-08 PHOTO: courtesy of Gordie Tentrees

Homegrown singer-songwriter Gordie Tentrees is releasing his sixth album, Less is More, with a Northern tour this month. Tentrees is playing in Skagway, Dawson City,Keno City, and two shows in Whitehorse. This Northern tour follows his recent tours.. more

Oct. 08, 2015 midnight Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-09-17 PHOTO: courtesy of Black Iron Blossom

Blues band Black Iron Blossom came out of nowhere. I hadn't even heard of them before the normally quiet Sam Gallagher stopped me in Mac's Fireweed Books, told me he's in a band and asked me to listen to their CD, called Full Moon Over Whitehorse. more

Sep. 17, 2015 midnight Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-08-20 PHOTO COMPOSITION: Rick Massie

One day in 2011, Todd Pilgrim was returning from a hike when he saw something grey and silverish by the road. As he went closer, he discovered that it was a young tundra swan. It had a drooping wing and couldn’t fly away. more

Aug. 20, 2015 midnight Yukon Arts