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John Firth

Growing up in Whitehorse and Dawson City I worked as a journalist, 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. Currently sit on the Whitehorse Hospital Board of Trustees and Yukon Heritage Resources Board. In 1997 recieved the Yukon Commissioner's Award for community work.

In 2008, 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.

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.

Phone number:
867 334-9895


Yukon Challenge. Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton, Alberta, 1990
Yukon Quest: The 1000-Mile Dog Sled Race Through the Yukon and Alaska. Lost Moose Publishing, Whitehorse, Yukon, Stehlik Publishing, Volary Czech Republic, 1998, 2005
River Time: Racing the Ghosts of the Klondike Gold Rush. NeWest Press, Edmonton, Alberta, 2004
Better Than A Cure: One Man's Journey to free the world of Polio. Trafford Publishing, Victoria, B.C., 2010
One Mush: Jamaica's Dogsled Team. JDT/self, Whitehorse, Yukon/Ocho Rios, Jamaica, 2010
Yukon Sport: An Illusttrated Encyclopedia. Figure 1 Vancouver, B.C., 2014


International Book Awards, award winning finalist for One Mush: Jamaica's Dogsled Team, 2011
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