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Ago 18, 2009, 10:57am

This is a thread for listing and discussing books with a Yukon setting.

Sep 8, 2009, 3:42pm

I married the Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton is a classic memoir that might be of more interest to girls or women. Copies should be readily available in libraries or used book stores as it has been reissued many times over the years and at one point was even made into a movie.

Sep 8, 2009, 6:03pm

I found one! The Tent Peg, which is about a woman who goes to work for a mining company in the Yukon.

Oct 28, 2009, 3:00pm

kathrynnd/3 - I added that one to my list. You Canadians surely already knew this, but ... since the author's last name struck me, I checked the CK; she is the mother of Pierre Berton, who has a long list of Canadian books on his author page, a couple of which I had already added to my list for a general Canadian read. I'm anxious to start learning more about my northern neighbors.

Oct 29, 2009, 6:32pm

I didn't know that, countrylife (I'm Canadian) so thanks for posting that tidbit! Thanks for your interest in our country and culture, too. :)

Jun 6, 2010, 12:55pm

I was at costco and they had softcover copies of a new Canadian book Children of the Klondike set during the goldrush that looks really cute! Stories and black and white photos. The book says there is also a Women of the Klondike book, will check for that next time I go.. I was in such a hurry I just grabbed the children one (And you know I am in a hurry when I don't stop to look at the books!). Touchstone for the children book not working, but they are both by the same author. Looks very good so far!

Jun 7, 2010, 12:44am

I have Women of the Klondike - a good read. If you pick it up, let me know. One of my family members is written up in it!

Jun 29, 2010, 11:07am

Since there are so few books set in the Yukon, I'll add Song Over Quiet Lake to the list. Parts of it are set there, although for the most parts it's set in BC.

Jun 29, 2010, 11:27am

Journey by James A. Michener is set in the Yukon.. just received a copy.. set in the gold rush.

The North Runner by R.D. Lawrence is another.

Drifting Home is another Yukon book I recently acquired, where they boat home from the north through various waterways.

I have yet to read any of them, so the descriptions are short right now :P

Starfishian: I did buy Women of the Klondike!! :)

Jun 29, 2010, 12:07pm

What I'd really like to read is a book by an author who is either from the Yukon or has spent a lot of time there.

Jun 29, 2010, 2:57pm

msg 11: Pierre Berton was born and raised in the Yukon. I have a copy of Drifting Home and meant to read it before going to Whitehorse on holiday in 2008, but it didn't happen.

Jun 29, 2010, 4:21pm

Thanks for the info--I'll put Drifting Home on my wishlist!

Jun 30, 2010, 11:07pm

Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay is set in Yellowknife, NWT not the Yukon. I highly recommend it. It is set in 1975 at the local CBC radio station against the background of the early exploration of the north and the current day Berger Commission on the MacKenzie Pipeline.

Jun 30, 2010, 11:15pm

Yes, that is one I have and will def. be reading for this challenge... glad to hear that you enjoyed it :)

Jul 1, 2010, 1:18am

#14 - Yes, I agree that Late Nights on Air is great. I'm sure it's been discussed over on the NWT thread.

Jul 1, 2010, 12:55pm

I've had Late Nights on Air sitting on my shelf for months now. I really need to pick it up and get started.

>10 Bcteagirl: Bcteagirl, I'm very excited! Here are a couple of links to my relative, in case you're interested when you run across her in Women of the Klondike:

There's a good biography about her as well. A Passionate Pen by Jill Downie is an option for anyone looking to round out their Canadian reads with a bio about a writer.

Jul 1, 2010, 12:57pm

I've had Late Nights on Air sitting on my shelf for months now. I really need to pick it up and get started.

>10 Bcteagirl: Bcteagirl, I'm very excited! Here are a couple of links to my relative, in case you're interested when you run across her in Women of the Klondike:

Jul 1, 2010, 2:45pm

>17 starfishian:: Very cool!! Will read up on her before I read the book :) Thanks for the links!!

Jul 25, 2010, 5:53pm

The Tent Peg by Aritha Van Herk is also set in the Yukon:
In The Tent Peg, award-winning novelist Aritha van Herk uses her unerring perception and impressive literary skill to capture the mystical mood of the Arctic and the people who are drawn to it.

In this intriguing story, a young woman who disguises herself as a man to work in a uranium prospecting camp deep in the Yukon mountains. J.L. is on the run from an empty heart and is desperate for solitude. Yet solitude eludes her from the moment she hangs up her pots and pans in the cook tent, and the men in the camp begin to drift toward her, drawn by her silence. These men are drifters, romantics and outcasts - men who have come to the North in search of answers for questions they can't define.

Jul 26, 2010, 4:38pm

I've read The Tent Peg and really enjoyed it.

Editado: Dic 27, 2010, 12:16am

I just found another book that would fit the Yukon Category. I read a great review of it in the Vancouver Sun, and also McLean's Magazine. The title is Gold Diggers by Charlotte Gray. It looks from the reviews to be a good story, apparently a vibrant account of the lives of six personalities in Dawson Creek, during the Gold Rush, including Jack London and Sam Steele. It actually sounds fascinating to me -and I've put it on my wish list. Oh - it seems to entered as two different titles on Library thing so far - Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike.

Dic 28, 2010, 1:22pm

Sounds interesting, thanks for the heads up! :)

Dic 28, 2010, 8:06pm

Well, for now, I have it on hold at my local library. I am #4 in the queue. Interestingly, my local library has it in the non fiction section! Weird! From the several reviews I've read, it is definitely fiction - though based on reality. I may cave and purchase it. I'll have to give my library a bit of a talking to. :)

Dic 29, 2010, 9:45pm

Okay- I caved and bought Gold Diggers:Striking it Rich by Charlotte Grey so that I could tell ya'll about it! However it has to come from Amazon and will arrive early next week. Also bought The Heart Specialist so I could get the freebie shipping. I number 4 in the library queue and couldn't wait that long! ;)

Dic 31, 2010, 7:07pm

Those both sounds great! Can't wait to hear about them. :) I caved and bought Under the Dome as my first paid for kindle book from Amazon.

Oct 17, 2011, 3:49pm

Pretty slim pickings when it comes to Yukon fiction, but I found one: The Wildfire Season, by Andrew Pyper. I probably won't get around to it for a while, but at least I know I have a Yukon fiction book on my shelf, ready for me to just pick it up.

Mayo 25, 2018, 3:06pm

Just wanted to add another book to this list because it's been some years. The Wolves of Winter is a post-apocalyptic sf tale that takes place in the Yukon territory. I thought it was pretty good.

Mar 22, 2019, 10:27pm

Though it also takes place in Alaska and a bit in Alberta, it's primarily set in Dawson City, Yukon:

At the Mountain's Edge / Genevieve Graham.
3.75 stars

It’s the late 1800s. Liza and her family live in Vancouver, but her father decides he wants to pack up and head north to Dawson City to set up his business there and cash in on the gold rush traffic. Liza and her brother are both adults, but the entire family sets off on this adventure. It’s cold and dangerous even just to get there, as they have to traverse the Chilkoot Trail.

Meanwhile, Ben, who had an abusive childhood, has been wanting to become a Mountie most of his life. He manages to do so, and is sent to Dawson City to help with the policing there. As he (and other Mounties) make their way along the Chilkoot Trail and toward Dawson City, he and Liza cross paths more than once.

I quite enjoyed this. At first, I was more interested in Liza’s story, but I also got more interested in Ben as the story continued on. The disasters in the book were the best parts for me. I also really enjoy reading books set near me, so reading about the Frank Slide was fun. (Frank was a small mining town in southern Alberta where a rock slide buried the town in 1902.) The romance was not overdone, so I felt better about that, as well (not always a romance fan). I also enjoyed the author’s note at the end. I could tell how passionate she is about Canadian historical fiction and the research she did.