I had developed the idea, independent of this book, that this screed, which has been denounced repeatedly since it was first published in 2008, might actually contain some merit that had been buried in poor rhetoric and politics. Wrong.
Old Town, by Fran Hurcomb
A concise, charming book that definitively documents ‘Yellowknife’s defining neighbourhood.’
A short, jam-packed book of Yellowknife yarns
Ah, here it is. The book about the Yellowknife Yellowknifers love to live in.
Booze and sex collide in this warm, gritty novel of AA in Yellowknife
Whoa! This book isn’t just about alcoholism: it’s about promiscuity, and the forces that drive it, and that’s something we just don’t talk about.
Dying for Gold — a brilliant chronicle of Yellowknife miners at war
Wowsa. This serious work of investigative non-fiction tracks the Giant Mine strike of 1992/93 in stupefying detail.
Moccasin Square Gardens, or: Man that Richard Van Camp writes a lot of stories
I loved nearly all of the short stories in Van Camp’s latest collection, but when I got to “Ehtsée/Grandpa," I was actually kind of blown away.
True North Rising: 50 years of memories from Whit Fraser
“An expression of abiding love for northern Canada and its people, True North Rising is an irresistible collection of stories, rants, and intimate confessions,” writes Jim Bell of Nunatsiaq News, whose review of this book is dead on.
Northern Wildflower: Catherine Lafferty’s nine lives
Catherine Lafferty’s journey from wild youth to politically-conscious council member for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation chronicles her constant search to find something better, in spite of the many obstacles in her life.
Midnight Light: Dave Bidini’s summer in Yk
I read the book in two sittings and enjoyed it immensely. It’s nice to be written about, Bidini is a good writer and reading this book gave me new appreciation for the things that are around me, every day. Then I went to my book club meeting about it.