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World of Words columnist Jessica Simon covers the literary beat for What's Up Yukon


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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

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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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August 7, 2014 Issue

It was a rainy and windy afternoon in LePage Park on Friday, July 11, when author Jessica Simon started reading her poem, “A Spot to Watch the Fireworks”. more

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Literature

Like mushrooms after rain, interesting mini-discussions pop up spontaneously from time to time on the ArtsNet list serve. A recent one that caught my eye concerned the age-old topic of arts reviews/critiques: what are they, what purpose ... more

Apr 28, 2011 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

Whitehorse resident Dianne Homan knows people make the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage for many reasons. So on March 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., she and the Yukon chapter of the Company of Canadian Pilgrims are hosting an informal presentation... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

“Artists show the world unseen,” says Tahltan First Nation artist Rhoda Merkel. “Teachers show students a better form of themselves.” Merkel, who was raised in Whitehorse but lives in Atlin, combines both talents in her newest project, the Sam... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: courtesy of B. Martens

In much the same way as hospitality is a cornerstone of Islam, Yukoners have fostered a welcoming culture that Europe struggles to build. And perhaps that is why Hasan Arafat, the eldest son of Hussein and Fatima’s nine children, is so animated... more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People

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: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

Ploytida Samanachangphunk had one sister living in Whitehorse before she immigrated to Canada. Now she has three sisters and an extended family here. Ploytida’s sister would return for family visits to their hometown of Nan, in northern Thailand, ... more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Families

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Issue: 2016-11-30, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

While others hunker down against winter’s wrath, the local literary scene is hotter than ever. The winter Writers’ Roundtable organized by the Friends of the Whitehorse Library (FOWL) provides a thorough overview of events for the coming season... more

Nov 30, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-11-30, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

Every December since 2009, Lise Schonewille, manager of Mac’s Fireweed Books, celebrates Winterval, the start of the holiday season, with local authors in the store. Over the years the event has showcased a diverse collection of Yukon literature... more

Nov 30, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: by Jessica Simon

To talk to her, you wouldn’t think the quiet needleworker Karen Nicloux was once in the upper echelons of our local drug circuit. Her journey from maximum segregation at Whitehorse Correctional Centre to sobriety is an intricate tapestry. more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2016-11-16, PHOTO: courtesy of Bill Mann

Local geologist Bill Mann remembers when the Yukon Geoscience Forum was a couple of days of technical talks. Now it’s the premier post-season industry event in the territory, and everyone is invited to take part at the High Country Inn from... more

Nov 16, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Business

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Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: courtesy of Jessica Simon

The status of one’s permanent residency quickly becomes the crux of conversation among the Yukon’s new Canadians. And it’s the crux of this column. No two people have the same story to tell. Not only are there various ways to immigrate, each... more

Oct 12, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Families

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Issue: 2016-09-29, PHOTO: courtesy of Helen O'Connor

The Yukon is recognized for its rich cultural diversity, and you are invited to experience it during the seventh national Culture Days and Doors Open celebration, from Friday, September 30 through to Sunday, October 2. “The best place to start... more

Sep 29, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: Fritz Mueller

Dennis Shorty created his first sculpture when he was eight years old. It was a moose carved out of poplar with a burbot fish skull for antlers and a bit of “fish glue” to hold them in place. He was proud of the sculpture and showed his father, ... more

Sep 22, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

After you’ve picked your first few batches of mushrooms, and haven’t landed in the hospital, you’ll find the mushroom conversation branches into themes of field testing, drying, and alternate uses, such as medicines, dyes and crafts. more

Sep 1, 2016 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: by Rhoda Merkel

From beading to working with hide and hair, “Textile and fashion endeavours are followed by a huge number of locals,” says Heiko Hähnsen. He’s the director of the Junction Arts and Music, or JAM, an organization that “nurtures the arts”, according... more

Aug 11, 2016 12:00 AM Haines Junction

Literature in the Kluane Country

Jessica Simon

Kluane Country has long inspired writers. Three such writers will be doing readings in Haines Junction and Whitehorse on May 17 to 19. Whitehorse writer David Thompson set his adventure novel Haines Junction in the community; Haines Junction author more

May 12, 2016 12:00 AM , Literature

Old Crow poet and cartoonist Allan Benjamin caught himself when he said he carries a pen and paper in his pocket 24 hours a day. "Actually, it's pencil. A pen freezes." Not something you want to happen out on the Flats when inspiration strikes. more

Sep 29, 2012 12:00 AM Literature

When Yvonne Harris taught at Nunavut Arctic College, or Silattuqsarvik as it's called in Pangnirtung, an elder guest lecturer told her students a remarkable story of her forced marriage to an old hunter. more

Aug 30, 2012 12:00 AM Literature

The self-published book is a stand-alone adventure with a liberal dose of romance. In a September storm in the Selwyn Mountains grizzly bear eco-warrior Hannah Weinberg is thrown together with Dan McKay, a hunter by trade and necessity. more

Jul 26, 2012 12:00 AM Literature

No matter how much rain we get, young readers can climb the Chilkoot Trail at Well-Read Books this summer. The free project, called "Reading over the Chilkoot", guides children aged 6-9 and 10-13 to read their way over the Trail. more

Jul 12, 2012 12:00 AM Literature

Dalton's Gold Rush Trail is a story of journeys; the 10-year journey of Jack Dalton to blaze a trail to the Klondike gold fields, and the 40-year journey of author Michael Gates to retrace those steps in southwest Yukon. more

Jun 14, 2012 12:00 AM Literature

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