The Fan Hitch PostScript
Number 4, posted
December 2019
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A Book is Born

The Canadian Inuit Dog and a recently published book about this aboriginal landrace is soon to get fresh Canada-wide coverage. So much has happened since Kim Han’s The Canadian Inuit Dog: Icon of Canada’s North was ‘born’.  Great reviews and brisk sales (with all proceeds going to Ilisaqsivik Society’s Qimmivut Program) have been just the beginning. The author has completed two speaking engagements so far.

The March 2020 issue of More of Our Canada, a subsidiary of revered periodical giant Reader’s Digest, will be publishing Han’s short story, “A Book is Born”, describing her journey from researching and writing the book through its November 2018 debut. Han’s work is no stranger to More of Our Canada. Our Canada, who publishes the best of their stories as the anthology periodical, More of Our Canada, included back in their December 2018/January 2019 “Top Dog”. Han wrote about this very special fellow, Toko, who was the boss dog on her daughter’s team in Iqaluit. Siu-Ling eventually relocated Toko to Ottawa to enjoy his retirement with her parents, Kim and Bing.

More of Our Canada is a subscriber-only magazine reaching roughly 20,000 homes with an estimated average of 15 readers per copy sold. What an education about the Canadian Inuit Dog their subscribers are going to receive. Being subscription-only, More of Our Canada is not available on newsstands, but will be mailed out to subscribers in February. A March 2020 keepsake issue can be ordered via the Reader’s Digest toll free customer service line: 1-800-465-0780. Per copy cost is $3 CAD. This applies to Canadian addressees only. The delivery process can take 4-6 weeks depending on location. For everyone outside of Canada who does not already own a copy of The Canadian Inuit Dog: Icon of Canada’s North, please consider purchasing one.

The More of Our Canada staff is to be commended for bringing a story about the Canadian Inuit Dog to such a wide audience. The lifestyle and history of an aboriginal landrace dog bred for polar survival and performance is likely to be quite a different concept as compared to when most people think of dogs as a family pet. Additionally this magazine’s readership will learn about Qimmivut, (in Clyde River, Nunavut) whose objective is to promote mental, spiritual and physical well-being and teach Inuit traditional knowledge  – Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ), skills and societal values.

Kirkus (an American book review magazine) reviews are sought after by librarians and booksellers when deciding which books to stock. The magazine’s review of The Canadian Inuit Dog: Icon of Canada’s North  was so positive that The New York Review of Books, upon reading that glowing review and moved by Han’s commitment to donating all proceeds to Qimmivut, and thinking of their own October 10, 2019 published story on the tragedy of Inuit suicide, offered Han free space in their Independent Press Listing. Normally authors are charged for this. The listing is scheduled to be in their January issue to be distributed at the beginning of that month.

The Kirkus review has also caught the attention of bookseller giant Barnes and Noble. In addition to them as well as the book’s availability through Amazon, Chapters/Indigo and Revodanna Publishing, The Canadian Inuit Dog: Icon of Canada’s North is listed with Ingram, Whitehots and Library-Bound, Inc, all book wholesalers servicing Canadian or U.S. public libraries.

Committed to honoring daughter Siu-Ling’s memory and supporting Qimmivut, Kim Han has also created an eye-popping website all about the book.