Sun Dogs and Yellowcake, a new book by Patricia Sandberg

Patricia Sandberg-COVER

Gilbert LaBine’s first uranium mine helped end the Second World War. His next fed the Cold War. Immigrants fleeing post-war Europe and job-seeking southerners came to Gunnar Mines in northern Saskatchewan, joining the area’s First Nations and Métis. They found adventure, romance, tragedy, and a freedom never again to be equaled. Meanwhile, lamps made of uranium drill core sat in their homes and their children played at the tailings pond. Sun Dogs and Yellowcake is their story.
The beautiful cover image is based on a photograph by the very talented Robbie Craig.
I am thrilled to announce that Sun Dogs and Yellowcake will be available this September. Stay tuned.

Author: Patricia Sandberg

A former mining and securities lawyer, Patricia relied on her family’s history and interviews of over 150 people to write about the Cold War uranium mining town in Northern Canada that residents said was ‘the best place they ever lived’. She is now working on a novel. Sun Dogs and Yellowcake has won two international awards, was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Fred Kerner award, and was finalist for Whistler Independent Book Awards 2017.

16 thoughts on “Sun Dogs and Yellowcake, a new book by Patricia Sandberg”

  1. I like the title, I like the cover image, I like the intro…who says I can’t judge a book by [what’s on] its cover? I’m thinking I’m going to get one of these.

  2. Only got to Gunnar once, George Watson and I took two dog teams from Eldorado and did an overnight stop in Ken Passler’s cabin, somewhere over that way (Millikan Lake?) Probably a 50 mile round trip, coming back George was a long way ahead and I crawled back into Eldorado and up the firebreak to the dog camp in the dark. So I did get to se Gunnar! Looking forward to reading the book. Not enough written about that great part of the country.

    1. Nice to hear from you and thanks for following my blog. There were a surprising number of people who passed through the area and I agree – not enough has been written about it.

  3. Love to read about the north, lived in Uranium City 5 years, Eldorado 5 years, and can’t wait to read the book.

  4. Looking forward to reading your book. Gilbert LaBine staked the first Pitchblende claim in May 1930 at what became Port Radium NWT. It led to the formation of Eldorado Mines and establishing of the Port Hope refinery in Ontario. The “waste” from the refinery was Uranium and some of it was supplied to the Manhattan Project which eventually produce “Trinity” the first Atomic Bomb.
    There is a back story to the 1930 discovery which you might find interesting. I live 1/2 a block from the South Surrey Library and if you are interested, contact me and I would love to tell you the story over coffee.

  5. Kim told me you had a book out. We are old friends of hers from Vanderhoof days. Will get your book & read it! Good luck!

    1. Hi Pat
      Great to hear from you, thanks for getting in touch. The book is available at Black Bond Books in the Vancouver area, Books and Company in Prince George, Audreys Books in Edmonton, McNally Robinson in Saskatoon, Bolen Books and Munro Books in Victoria, and Amazon. If you have any difficulty getting hold of a copy let me know – you can also order through me. Let me know what you think once you have read Sun Dogs. Have a great Christmas!

  6. I love this book it makes me re live the time I spend up at Gunnar mines,was there for 5 years
    from March 28 1958 to April 1963
    and have many great memory’s and they are all good with the exception the 11 or 12 of April 1958
    when I was diagnosed with an acute appendicitis and after one day in agony back and fort to the local hospital , to the bunkhouse the nurse was communicating with Doctor Betty in Uranium city he decided he would fly in to Gunnar and operate me there because the weather was too rough for me to fly out, so he flew in
    and did the operation there with a nurse assisting.
    I remember it all ,
    after the appendix was out the doctor showed it to me;I was mostly awake.
    I don`t know if I was the only one that had an internal operation in Gunnar??
    But that was an experience I will never forget.
    Again thank you for writing this book

    1. Hi Aldo
      How wonderful to hear from you and to know that you love the book! Sounds like your medical experience was a bit traumatic but had a good end! Dr. Beatty was the best and for a small, northern community we had pretty amazing healthcare.
      All the best, and a very happy 2017

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