Yukon North Of Ordinary

News archive for May 5, 2011

Author to launch updated edition of her memoir

Whitehorse author Ellen Davignon will launch her latest book on Monday.

Whitehorse author Ellen Davignon will launch her latest book on Monday.

Davignon is celebrating the publication of a new edition of her witty memoir, The Cinnamon Mine: An Alaska Highway Childhood, a Lost Moose Book, Harbour Publishing.

Fans can join the author and Mac’s Fireweed Books for the launch at The Old Fire Hall on First Avenue at 7 p.m.

The Cinnamon Mine traces the adventures of the Porsild family from Denmark to Greenland, through Arctic Canada, and finally to remote Johnson’s Crossing, where they operated one of the first tourist lodges on the Alaska Highway.

 While catering to the demands of the travelling public was a life of long, grinding hours with little in the bank as recompense, the Porsild children enjoyed lives rich in fantasy and outdoor adventure.

They took place in such settings as their “cinnamon mine” – a bank of rust-stained sand where they regularly played.

Davignon lovingly recounts the good times and hard times as the Porsild clan carved out a business and a life on the banks of the Teslin River.

Davignon was born in Dawson City in 1937 to Danish immigrants who mined and trapped in the Sixtymile area.

The family moved to an abandoned U.S. Army camp at Johnson’s Crossing in 1948, where they built the Johnson’s Crossing Lodge.

Davignon and her late husband, Phil, took over the operation in the mid-1960s and ran it for many years, raising five children in the business.

She first published The Cinnamon Mine in 1988 with a different publisher, but that edition is out of print.

Harbour Publishing has published the latest edition under its Lost Moose imprint and has introduce the book to new readers across Canada.

For more information about the book launch, readers can contact Mac’s Fireweed Books or visit http://www.macsbooks.ca/

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