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.
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
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 TheCommentary.ca, 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” 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
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
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.
I’ve started a collaborative multimedia project with photographer Mark Kelly. We’ll be travelling on the Alaska Highway photographing, making video, interviewing people and writing about what life is like along the highway corridor in the twenty-first century.
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