Welcome to the White Mountain Publications Newsletter
December 29, 2018

Happy New Year, Our best to you and yours in 2019.

Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar 2019 shipping now.

Canadian Writer's Contest Calendar 2019

2019 is upon us. Order the print copy, or download the ebook format to help drive your writing plans. Deadlines are great incentives.

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. 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.

For those who are reluctant to order online, you can phone your order into the store and we'll handle it in person. Store hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday EST. Usually we're here a bit before and after those hours as well. If we're not here, leave a message with your name, phone number and when it is a good time to call you back. Rest assured that once your credit card information has been processed those numbers are shredded within moments, because we're paranoid about security also.

And if you hear of a contest starting in 2020, we're already working on that edition as well. Send us the information.

The Store continues

We are finishing our fifth year in July here in Cobalt. We're looking forward to this year. The word is out, the visitors keep returning. We'll appeared, however briefly, in the CBC show Still Standing on the town of Cobalt October 2018. View it online here.

If you are visiting and have heard our radio anouncements on CJTT-FM, 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.

New Offerings:

My Good Times With Stompin' Tom

My Good Times With Stompin' Tom
by Duncan Fremlin

The newest, and maybe the only, book so far on this Canadian cultural icon. Written by Duncan Fremlin who shares behind the scene antics from his 25 year friendship with Stompin' Tom Connors. Over 35 stories, some crazy, others outrageous but all true.

A Northern Hope

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.

Stephen Lafricain, Grand Old Man of the River

Stephen Lafricain
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

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.

We have compiled a list of the books we handle for the Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum, similar to the one we have for the old Highway Book Shop books.

Yes, we have been busy. Hope all is well with you and yours. Have a great year.

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