White Mountain Publications
Newsletter March 17, 2018
Before there was Google, before there was amazon, we were already on the internet selling our books. In 2017 we celebrated 20 years on the web with this new mobile-friendly format. It is even starting to look more like I wanted it to look, except if you use Chrome. Working on that. [Update: July 16, 2018- we left this one the way it appeared as a mobile site.]
Northern Ontario Poetry Competition
Calling Northern Ontario Poets for our 23rd annual poetry competition.
Deadline is May 31st for poets living in postal code beginning with 'P'. The Rules and Frequently Asked Questions are answered on this page. Save time and postage with the new system for taking online entries: [Follow this link]. Every year it seems we find new talent, and we're hoping for more this year.
Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar 2018 in print or by Ebook.
It's NOT too late to kick start your writing goals for 2018. Time moves pretty fast; please don't wait. The PayPal button has been configured for the 2018 edition now, as many as you want, or download the PDF order form here.
If you think that you'd ever have time to write and still know where to find all this information, collect it, and organize it, let me know. There are over 400 database lines to confirm each year, some found very few other places yet. Some contest information is not available on the internet. Geographically, the contests cover Canada from Whitehorse to Windsor, Victoria to St. John's. Every year there contests started and contests discontinued. And by far the changes are the addresses, email, mail and websites. Anyone who says they could compile all of this on their own, has never tried to do it. This is our sixteenth year compiling this resource for writers and there were many changes this year.
The Store continues
Hey, that's news in itself. This our fourth year (already!) here in Cobalt, and we're looking forward to this year. The word is out, the visitors keep returning. We'll be appearing, however briefly, in the CBC show Still Standing on the town of Cobalt this summer. The store offers copies of the Temiskaming Speaker, The Voice, and the Weekender newspapers for your convenience. Temiskaming Transit bus tickets are available as well. We have a Visitor's Information section with free area maps and all kinds of information. We are closed on Sundays and Mondays on a regular basis.
If you are visiting and have heard our radio anouncements, please mention them. We are trying to track how effective different advertising methods are for the store.
As a reminder to those who have said they would post a review on TripAdvisor, doing so would be a huge favour and show of support (and thank-you to those who did). At least five people came into the store last summer saying that is where they discovered our store. The link is here: TripAdvisor reviews for White Mountain Publications, aka White Mountain Books. We appreciate all your support.
Grand Old Man of the River
by Bruce Taylor
Stephen Lafricain was born in 1837, and in his 99 years witnessed much history in both Canada and the United States, including treaty signing, the decline of the fur trade, the opening of northeastern Ontario to great mineral wealth. Well worth the read, and the history.
A Northern Hope
One Family's Life in Cobalt and Haileybury 1904-1928
by Debra B. North
Beginning with the birth of her maternal grandparents William Ferris and Rachel Johnston, in Scotland, in the 1870s, this book follows them through their early years and my grandfather's experiences in the Boer War (1899-1902), their immigration to Canada beginning in 1903 and their settling in Cobalt in 1904. It recounts the family's life during Cobalt's Silver Rush which occurred, from 1904 to the early 1920s. Family history is followed through World War II. Documented with 430 pictures, many of which have never been published before, this book makes fascinating insights into life in northeastern Ontario in the early twentieth century.
Quarantine a novel by Terry Cassidy. Set in 1994, young Wat Moore is caught up in a devastating situation while visiting his father's laboratory in Ottawa. When it's believed that he has been exposed to a deadly and highly contagious pathogen, the government sends him into a quarantine that could last the rest of his life. A fast-paced story set in Ottawa, northern Ontario and north-western Quebec, Terry has given us another well-researched thriller.
Missing in Cobalt by Terry Cassidy is a murder mystery set in Cobalt 1949. A young woman's body is discovered in the ice in a Buffalo Mines adit, and from there, we have to discover who she is, how she got there, and of course, who did it. Have had rave reviews on this one. And yes, it is fiction.
Cobalt~The Cradle of Hard Rock Mining in Canada A colour pictorial with quotes about Cobalt from the people and places at the time when the whole world knew where Cobalt was on a map. Perfect and affordable souvenir honouring Cobalt's past.
Books are a great gift for any time of year. They stand the test of time, become part of your life. The good ones can change your life, your perception of the world. Consider a great book for your gift giving year round.
Yes, we have been busy. Hope all is well with you and yours.