Welcome to the White Mountain Publications Newsletter
August 17, 2018


Northern Ontario Poetry Competition
Launch for our 24th annual poetry competition Saturday September 7th, 2019

Reaching North

The Launch this year will be held at Cobalt's Paul Penna Library, 30 Lang Street, Cobalt at 2:00 pm. Congratulations to all who entered and those selected for our newest collection. (listed here). Winners announced at the Launch. Our next competition deadline is May 31st, 2020 for our 25thedition.


Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar 2020 pre-publication offer now posted.

Canadian Writer's Contest Calendar 2020

It's NOT too late to kick start your writing goals for 2019 and NOT too early to plan for 2020. Time moves pretty fast; please don't wait. The PayPal button has been configured for the pre-publication discount for the 2020 edition now, as many as you want. Pre-publication discount ends October 15th, 2019. If you still want the 2019 print or ebook edition, it is still available on the 2019 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.



On the website, we have added a new main division: Special Pre-Loved Books.

Since we opened the book store in 2014, some amazing old books have made their way into the store. We get a certain amount of traffic here in Cobalt, but these books need a wider audience. These are one-of-a kind books here, and when they're sold, there's no way to tell if another one will come our way. It's first come, first served. Gradually there will be a wider selection. Also it is not an auction site. The price I'm asking is posted. Contacting me to dicker over price is futile. Contacting me with questions about quality, or shipping is fine.

These books just need a new home that will appreciate them. What I have available will be listed here, and I'll give as much information online as I can. If there are any questions, quirks, or problems, we want to know. Please email us or call the office (1-800-258-5451).


The Store continues

Hey, that's news in itself. Finishing our sixth summer (already!) here in Cobalt, and we're looking forward to this year. The word is out, the visitors keep returning.

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.


Fresh Offerings:

Only a Cairn Remains

Only A Cairn Remains
The Story of the Settlement of Reesor 1925-1967
by Karin Seidemann

Only A Cairn Remains~ The Story of the Settlement of Reesor 1925-1967 A history of these brave Mennonite settlers from the Russian steppes who carved a life out of this tiny piece of Northern Ontario. Now available in EPub and Kindle formats. Print copies also still available.

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. Short-listed for A Northern Lit Award.

The Sterling Women of Cobalt

1351  The Sterling Women of Cobalt 1903-1914 by Debra B North. Preserving the untold stories of the early women in Cobalt, The Sterling Women of Cobalt delves into the lives of more than 45 women who came to Cobalt from various parts of the world between 1903 and 1914.

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.


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 summer.


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