Beyond Mile Zero receives a silver IPPY award for travel essay

Pleased as punch to announce that Beyond Mile Zero, the Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community (Lost Moose / Harbour Publishing) won a 2018 silver IPPY Award in the Travel Essay category.

An IPPY is ‘The world’s leading book award recognizing quality, independently published books.’

There’s a medal, an award ceremony in New York, you know the unusually fun stuff.

Honoured to be included in this fine list of winners.

Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly Honoured with Heritage Award

Mark and I are honoured to be selected as the recipients of the Yukon Historical Museums Associations’ Innovation, Education and Community Engagement Award for 2017. I accepted the award for us at the Yukon Heritage Awards Ceremony on Monday, February 19, 2018, at the Yukon Archives in Whitehorse. Unfortunately, Mark was travelling and unable to join me at the ceremony. It was a wonderful evening that recognized the work of some exceptional Yukoners dedicated to preserving culture and heritage.

2017 Yukon Heritage Awards presented at the Yukon Archives on February 19, 2018, in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Alistair Maitland Photography

Beyond Mile Zero: Media Coverage


Beyond Mile Zero reviewed by David A. James in the Alaska Dispatch News, August 26, 2017

Beyond Mile Zero reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly, July 3, 2017

Book Looks at Vanishing Northern Community,” by Nadine McCully, Nexus newspaper, June 14, 2017

Canadian Duo Weaves Together Sparse Population in Beyond Mile Zero“, by Jenny Feniak, VueWeekly, May 18, 2017

New Book Details Life on the Alaska Highway,” in Canada Newsblog, April 4, 2017

Interviews, etc….

BC Booklook recognized Beyond Mile Zero’s Foreword Indies and IPPY award wins.

Recognition of Beyond Mile Zero from the South Peace region. “Harvest Social recalls historic lodges of the Alaska Highway”, by Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, November 22, 2017.

The video segment for NBC KTUU Anchorage’s Roadtrippin’ the Alcan, August 24, 2017,  Beyond Mile Zero

Beyond Mile Zero featured as part of NBC KTUU Anchorage’s Roadtrippin’ the Alcan, August 24, 2017

Lily Gontard et Beyond Mile Zero sur Phare Ouest, Radio-Canada, le 23 août, 2017 (in French)

Beyond Mile Zero sur “La nouvelle édition de L’Aurore Boréale avec Thibaut Rondel Phare Ouest, ICI Radio-Canada, le 17 août, 2017 (in French)

Raconter la route, et ne pas oublier….“, écrit par Olivier de Colombel, L’Aurore Boréale, le 17 août, 2017

Beyond Mile Zero featured in the Maclean’s-Duracell #Explorer150 video documentary series. Watch the video here. August 1, 2017

Beyond Mile Zero featured on eWilly’s blog, August 1, 2017

“‘Beyond Mile Zero’ highlights Alaska Highway Lodges,” by Robin Wood, Fairbanks News-Miner, June 28, 2017

Joseph Planta interviews Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly on, June 19, 2017,

Lonesome Highway: An Interview with Lily Gontard and photographer Mark Kelly,” by Nathaniel Moore, Event magazine, June 9, 2017

“Beyond Mile Zero: No 2 best selling non-fiction in Edmonton” June 7, 2017

Beyond Mile Zero: No 2 best selling non-fiction in Edmonton” May 31, 2017

Portia Clark, host of  CBC Edmonton “Radio Active” interviews Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly on May 24, 2017 (stars at 08:46)

Going Beyond Mile Zero,” by Trent Ernst, Dawson Creek Mirror, May 24, 2017

Chronicling the Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community“, by Dan Davidson, What’s Up Yukon, May 3, 2017

Stops Along the Way: The Disappearing Lodges of the Alaska Highway,” by Paul Tucker, CBC News, April 8, 2017

Beyond Mile Zero Chronicles Alaska Highway Vanishing Lodges“, by Michael Gates, Yukon News, April 7, 2017

Book Chronicles Disappearing Alaska Highway Lodges,” Airplay with Dave White, CBC Yukon, April 5, 2017

Alaska Highway roadhouses tell stories of bygone era” CBC News, Aug 22, 2015

Dave White interviews Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly about the Alaska Highway lodge community project, Airplay, CBC Yukon, August 19, 2016


Beyond Mile Zero: Book Tour Dates

Here we go! The spring tour in support of Beyond Mile Zero. Yes, one more roadtrip: the question is, will we still be speaking to each other at the end of it…. Stay tuned to find out.

Dates confirmed so far include:

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Location: Watson Lake – Sign Post Forest Visitor’s Centre, Watson Lake, Yukon

Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 7 p.m.
Location: Audrey’s Books 10702 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, Alberta

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7 p.m.
Location: Dawson Creek Public Library, 1001 McKellar Ave, Dawson Creek, BC

Date: Friday, May 26, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Coles bookstore, Fort St. John, BC

Date: Friday, May 26, 2017, 7 p.m.
Location: Fort Nelson Public Library, 5315 50 Ave S, Fort Nelson, BC

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2017, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Johnson’ Crossing, Mile 836.5 Alaska Highway, Yukon

Date: Friday, June 23 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Coles bookstore, Whitehorse, Yukon

Date: Sunday, June 25 2017, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Acacia Vintage, 118 Quill Crescent, Haines Junction, Yukon

Date: Monday, June 26, 2017, Time TBD.
Location: Discovery Yukon Lodgings, Mile 1169 Alaska Highway, Yukon

Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Time 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
Location: Yukon Visitor Information Centre, Beaver Creek, Yukon


Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017, 6 p.m.
Location: Barnes & Noble, 421 Mehar Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 1 p.m.
Location: Skagway News Depot and Books, Skagway, Alaska




Book Launch for Beyond Mile Zero

It’s official! Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community will be launched at Baked Cafe on Main Street in Whitehorse, Yukon, on Friday, April 7, 2017.

The fun starts at 7 p.m. with featured readers Ellen Davignon, author of The Cinnamon Mine: An Alaska Highway Childhood, and chronicler of northern living Murray Lundberg, followed by a presentation by Mark Kelly and I about our journey to uncover the vanishing Alaska Highway lodge community.

Many thanks to Baked Cafe & Bakery for providing this wonderful venue,  Mac’s Fireweed Books for being on hand to sell books, and of course our publisher Harbour Publishing.