Vicki Delany and Barbara Fradkin Take On the NWT

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Vicki Delany and Barbara Fradkin Take On the NWT

Posted on June 2 by Vicki Delany
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Vicki and Barbara arrive in Yellowknife

As we flew north out of Calgary, first the cities dropped away, and then the towns, then the farms, finally the roads.  We flew over endless forrest and lakes for hours.  Then in the far distance I could see an expanse of white. Clouds?

No. As we got closer, we could see Great Slave Lake, still iced over.  On the 29th of May.

Fortunately only the lake was still covered in snow - I've brought summer clothes. 

The first thing you notice about Yellowknife, is that it is pretty much made up of water and rock. Big rocks and plenty of water.

I am here as part of the NorthWords Literary Festival, the first stop on Barbara Fradkin and my northern tour to NWT, Yukon, and Alaska.

The opening night reception for authors and Festival volunteers was held at the gorgeous  hillside home of Judith Drinnan, owner of the Book Celler bookstore, and her husband, Ian.  The house is high above town and the surrounded by water on two sides.

Being from Ontario, I figured I would be ready for the dreaded northern bugs and slathered myself with inscent repellant before heading out. Wrong!

All I can say, is that at home in Prince Edward County I couldn't have three doors thown open in the spring evening for guests to come and go.

The next morning, Barbara and I explored a bit of the central  town.  It's a strange down town - think industrial frontier.  It took us a while to find anything such as stores or cafes because signage and street-side displays seem to be almost non-existant.  Even entrances to malls are tucked away with only the smallest (if any) signs. 

I suppose in a town where much of the year temperatures range in the -30C range, tucked away is a good thing.

Later we went to the most delightful book launch we have ever attended. The book is titled Little You by Richard Van Camp (published by Orca) and is for babies. The room was packed with parents and the littlest kids.  At least no one has ever broken into tears at one of my book launches.

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Vicki Delany

Vicki Delany is a prolific and varied crime writer whose work includes standalone novels of gothic suspense, the Smith & Winters series, and the light-hearted Klondike Mysteries: Gold Mountain, Gold Digger, Gold Fever, and Gold Web. She lives in Picton, Ontario.