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John Firth

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. 

City:
Whitehorse
Province:
Yukon

Awards

International Book Awards, award winning finalist for One Mush: Jamaica's Dogsled Team, 2011
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes