John Firth
BIO
Biography

Growing up in Whitehorse and Dawson City, Yukon, I worked as a journalist, sewer rat, truck driver, heavy equipment operator, expediter, prospector, public relations director, motion picture theatre owner, financial advisor and in 2009, retired to become a full-time writer. Graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1976 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

In 1997 I received the Yukon Commissioner's Award for community work. In 2009, Rotary International (of which I am not a member) presented me with a Paul Harris Fellowship for my work in researching my 2010 book, Better Than A Cure: One Man's Journey to Free the World of Polio. I was awarded the 2019 Yukon Heritage Award for my writing about Yukon history. 

One Mush: Jamaica's Dog Sled Team was an award winning finalist at the 2011 International Book Awards and shortlisted for the Writer's Digest Best Self-Published Book Award in 2011.

In 2019, Caribou Hotel: Hauntings, hospitality, a hunter and the parrot received a Reviewers Choice Award choice award from Reader Views. 

ADDRESS
City: Whitehorse, Province/Territory: Yukon
EMAIL
GENRE
Creative Non-fiction
LANGUAGES
English
PUBLICATIONS
Publications
Title
Yukon Quest: The 1000-mile dog sled race through the Yukon and Alaska
Publisher
Lost Moose Publishing
Year
1998
Title
River Time: Racing the Ghosts of the Klondike Rush
Publisher
Newest Press
Year
2004
Title
Better Than A Cure: One man's journey to free the world of polio
Publisher
John Firth
Year
2010
Title
one Mush: Jamaica's Dogsled Team: A story of true determination despite the odds
Publisher
John Firth/Jamaica DogSled Team
Year
2010
Title
Yukon Sport: An Illustrated Encyclopedia
Publisher
Sport Yukon/Figure 1 Publishing
Year
2014
Title
Caribou Hotel: Hauntings
Title
hospitality
Title
a hunter and the parrot
Publisher
John firth/Caribou Hotel
Year
2019
LINKS
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
any size
Presentation Genre
history/non-fiction/the art of independent publishing
Presentation Length
1 hour +
Presentation Description
Presentation description

Depends on the audience and the subject matter. Accompany some presentations with a 'slide' show, a film, or an individual who was a part of the story or process.

Presentation Fee(s)
$100
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