Thursday, August 16, 2007

Berton House halfway mark

Today, Thursday, August 16, 2007, marks the halfway point in my residency at Berton House, here in Dawson City, Yukon. Carolyn and I have been here 44 days, and we now have 43 left to go (14 of which will be spent on our side trip to China).

We're having a great time, and I'm getting lots of good work done. The weather is getting cooler, and we're having a few hours of actual darkness each night.

On Tuesday evening, I did a reading from Rollback at the Dawson Public Library, and presented the library with a hardcover copy of the book, donated by H.B. Fenn and Company, Tor's Canadian distributor.

Yesterday, we had lunch with old friends Marlys and Jim Schneider, who were visiting from Fairbanks, Alaska (and had come to my reading the night before); Jim used to be one of the sysops of the old CompuServe Science Fiction Forum, back in the day.

Today, it's "Authors on Eighth," a public celebration of the three literary landmarks on Eighth Avenue here in Dawson: Robert Service's home, Jack London's home, and Pierre Berton's home. Carolyn and I are hosting an open house this afternoon -- so I better go clean up!

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At August 16, 2007 10:57 PM , Anonymous Ian Randal Strock said...

few hours of actual darkness? How far north are you guys?

At August 16, 2007 11:19 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

We're 64 degrees North latitude, Ian. When we arrived, it was 21 hours of the sun being actually above the horizon every day -- and it never got far enough below the horizon to really get dark. :)

At August 16, 2007 11:28 PM , Anonymous Brian L. Raney said...

I guess having good blinders and nightshades is a must up there!

At August 16, 2007 11:36 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Berton House was renovated last winter, and the guys who did it did not stop to think about what summers were like here. They put diaphanous curtains everywhere ... we manage to sleep because of tin foil on the windows in the bedroom -- not classy, but effective!

At August 17, 2007 4:19 PM , Anonymous Ian Randal Strock said...

Didn't realize you were subArctic. Neat!

At August 18, 2007 3:15 AM , Anonymous Jim Shannon said...

If memory serves me wasn't there a Perrier Berton documentary on the Okanogan Kettle Valley railroad line?


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