Welcome to the White Mountain Publications Newsletter
July 16, 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 a new mobile-friendly format. It was completely functional, and completely foreign to the way our customers were used to seeing our website for the past 20 years. People were not finding the drop-down menus, and the site was just not as user-friendly as they were used to seeing.
So we have completely re-worked the site to this desktop-friendly site as that is the screen 90 - 95% of our customers are using. With 300 pages to convert, it took a while, but we're much happier with the way it consistently looks. For mobile users, shifting the page to the right slightly puts the main screen in focus and still gives access to the menu bar at the left. Hopefully this will not be too much of hardship.
Northern Ontario Poetry Competition
Our 23rd annual poetry competition.
Deadline was May 31st for poets living in postal code beginning with 'P'. The Launch this year is being held at the Temiskaming Shores & Area Chamber of Commerce boardroom. Map on this NOPC page First Saturday in September after Labour Day, as it has been for at least the last 16 years. The list of poets accepted for this year's collection are now posted on the webpage [July 20, 2018]
Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar 2019 pre-publication offer now posted.
It's NOT too late to kick start your writing goals for 2018 and NOT too early to plan for 2019. Time moves pretty fast; please don't wait. The PayPal button has been configured for the pre-publication discount for the 2019 edition now, as many as you want, or download the PDF order form here. If you still want the 2018 print or ebook edition, it is still available on the 2018 page.
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 seventeenth year compiling this resource for writers and there are always many changes each year.
The Store continues
Hey, that's news in itself. Going into our fifth summer (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 fall. The fourth season is starting in the fall instead of the beginning of the summer as in past years.
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. The Chase the Ace tickets for the local Museums fund raiser are here as a tickets for the Silver Nugget Race being held Sept 8th. 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.
Selected Chapters of Temiskaming Heritage is now available. This is a collection of the Proceedings from the Cobalt Historical Society's 2017 symposium.
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. It is being very well received.
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.
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.
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. Have a great summer.