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Elke Reinauer

Elke Reinauer

Elke Reinauer is a writer based in Germany with strong ties to the Yukon. Please email comments about her articles to editor@whatsupyukon.com.


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Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: by Benjamin Lauterbach courtesy of the Frankfurt Book Fair

Each October, the city of Frankfurt in Germany plays host to the second largest literary trade fair in the world, with 7,153 exhibitors representing 106 countries present in 2016. The Frankfurt Book Fair (known as the Frankfurter Buchmesse (FBM)... more

Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

Practically unheard of - the top 10 books reviewed last year were evenly split between male and female authors. And never before: the number of men and women reviewing books in Canada is nearly equal. That’s what the Canadian Women in the Literary... more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2015-12-03 PHOTO: Christian Kuntz

Poetry, spoken word performances, plays and short stories; all these literary exploits and more can be heard at Brave New Words, a showcase of local literary talent. Lit-lovers can enjoy an evening of music poetry and cocktails at the event, which... more

Dec 3, 2015 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2015-09-24 PHOTO: courtesy Elke Reinauer

Living far away from your family means that sometimes your strength and persistence will be tested. It's Christmas 2014 and I am in Montreal. A cold wind is blowing, the sky is grey and it's raining. more

Sep 24, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2015-03-05 PHOTO: courtesy of Blind Date

Having a blind date can be very stressful — from thinking about what to wear and say, to awkward silences and thoughts of escape. Now imagine having a blind date every night. more

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2015-02-26 PHOTO: Elke Reinauer

I am not a homesick person, but I can hear the Black Forest calling me home during Fastnacht, which means carnival. For many people in southern Germany, Fastnacht is a far more important holiday then Christmas. more

Feb 26, 2015 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2015-02-19 PHOTO: courtesy of HarperCollins

Living in the suburbs, having children and a husband, driving a minivan: for some this may sound boring, but it is Cea Sunrise Person’s dream come true. Person’s memoir, North of Normal (published at HarperCollins) describes her childhood more

Feb 19, 2015 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Heidi Hehn

Just like poetry inspires music, it also can inspire visual art. That is what artist Heidi Hehn says about the Circumpolar Duet project, which is a collaboration between visual artists and poets that will launch on Sept. 29 as part of the Culture... more

Sep 27, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: courtesy of Kathy Munro

Body of Evidence: A Collection of Killer ’Ku, edited by Kathy Munro and Jessica Simon Haiku is traditionally five-seven-five-syllable poems about nature, love and emotions. Haiku has its origins in Japan and a zen-like, peaceful spirit. more

Aug 30, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-08-09, PHOTO: Elke Reinauer

Keen on history? The Castle Wartburg in Wittenberg in Eastern Germany offers an opportunity to learn about the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation. The castle is the place where Luther translated the bible and lived with his family. more

Aug 9, 2017 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2017-07-19, PHOTO: Elke Reinauer

The Germans are known by the nickname “The Krauts,” which comes from sauerkraut, a famous German dish comprised of fermented cabbage. Maybe Germans should be nicknamed “The Sausages” instead, because we have 1,500 kinds of different sausages in... more

Jul 19, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: courtesy of Elke Reinauer

It's 15 minutes before our performance starts and one of my actors has a meltdown. “No, I am not gonna play,” he says avoiding eye contact. Philo is 12 years old and usually confident. I would never have expected that from him. It’s Valentine’s... more

Jun 7, 2017 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: courtesy of Joanna Lilley

Yukon based writer Joanna Lilley has just published her second collection of poetry If there Were Roads by Turnstone Press; she says that there are no roads to the past. “You can never go back.” Inspired by a childhood memory, she wrote “The... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Elke Reinauer

I am sitting in the Lemon Tree Restaurant in Windhoek, Namibia, waiting for my fellow writers to show up. It is raining, and everybody is happy about that. Rain is a gift in Namibia; it is such a dry country and it rarely rains... more

Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2016-12-07, PHOTO: courtesy of Jerome Stueart

Former Yukoner Jerome Stueart and Yukon author Marcelle Dubé will read together form their books on Dec. 13 at Baked Cafe. It will be an evening about fantasy novels. Marcelle Dubé is still deciding from which of her many books she will read: ... more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-11-16, PHOTO: courtesy of Elke Reinauer

My African friends think that Yukoners are cannibals. When I told them the story about the Sourtoe Cocktail I expected the usual reaction: laughter and amusement. But instead I got wide-open eyes and mouths asking me: “You did this?” they asked me... more

Nov 16, 2016 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2016-11-09, PHOTO: by Elke Reinauer

Good news first: Canada will be a guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Bad news: We have to wait four years. 2020 is far away, but Livres Canada is already excited about it and posting the news on its website. This year, Flanders (a part... more

Nov 9, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-10-26, PHOTO: amazon.com

Do ghosts exist? For some they do. The main character in Marcelle Dubé´s novel, Shelter, moves into a haunted house in a small town in Ontario. Dubé started the story as a gothic novel and in the end it became a ghost story. more

Oct 26, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-10-26, PHOTO: Elke Reinauer

If you live all by yourself downtown Whitehorse, the last thing you want is somebody knocking at your door in the middle of the night - somebody who is strange, somebody who calls your name and you don`t know what they want from you. One night in... more

Oct 26, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Halloween

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Issue: 2016-10-19, PHOTO: Elke Reinauer

I have been writing for this paper for three years, now. I remember the day my first piece was published. It was my first publication ever, even though I had been writing a lot in German. I remember holding the issue with my article in my hands... more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-09-29, PHOTO: courtesy of Claire Caldwell

Toronto-based poet Claire Caldwell’s role as writer-in-residence at the Berton House in Dawson City ends this month. Caldwell is no stranger to the Yukon. She lived in Whitehorse from ages three to nine. These years had a deep impact on Caldwell... more

Sep 29, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-09-22

Inspired by the Yukon winter and the road closures that lead to a feeling of isolation, Elle Wild her first crime novel and set it in Dawson City. The novel, called Strange Things Done, ­won the Arthur Ellis Award 2015 for Best Unpublished First... more

Sep 22, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: by Elke Reinauer

The cheetah appeared suddently, and instantly I was overcome with fear. I saw it walking slowly on the porch of the farm house. I froze and my heart was racing. “It must have come in from the wild,” I thought, “and now it will eat us.” There were... more

Aug 4, 2016 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2016-07-28, PHOTO: courtesy of Maureen McCulloch

Whitehorse resident Maureen McCulloch wrote her debut novel to bring a message into the world. She wrote the book under the pseudonym, Maureen Senecal. “I used Angels and Aliens to bring the message that mankind needs to work together for the... more

Jul 28, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-07-07, PHOTO: courtesy of Yvonne Blomer

In 2015 Victoria-based poet Yvonne Blomer paid a visit to Whitehorse and did a reading of her poetry book, As If a Raven. In her poems she described various types of birds and also amused the audience by imitating the call of a peacock... more

Jul 7, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-06-30, PHOTO: by Elke Reinauer

I catch Heike Graf between the lunch rush hour at the Caribou Crossing Coffee and picking up her five year old daughter from school. “It was busy today,” Graf, the owner of the coffee shop in Carcross, says while wiping the counter and putting a... more

Jun 30, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: courtesy of Shauntay Grant

Writing poetry since she was a child, Nova Scotia based author Shauntay Grant says she has always loved creative writing. “The oldest poem I’ve kept is from fourth grade,” she says. The vocalist, poet and author began a residency at the Berton... more

Jun 16, 2016 12:00 AM Literature