World of Words

Jessica Simon

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

Jessica Simon was a frequent contributor to What's Up Yukon who wrote columns on books, mining and a variety of other topics. She will be sadly missed, she had so many more stories to share with us all.

Her columns included World Of Words and Friends & Miners.  She contributed 99 stories over the years!


Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Leonard Linklater

When Yukon playwright Patti Flather launched the book of her highly acclaimed play, Paradise, on a warm June evening at Baked Café in Whitehorse, Mac’s Fireweed Books sold out all their copies. “The thing about a play, is after it’s produced it’s... more

Aug 16, 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: 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

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

"Today's kids are so fragmented by media, sports, school and hobbies that history is a tough sell," says Whitehorse author Keith Halliday. more

Apr 19, 2012 12:00 AM Literature

On the advice of writing mentor John Reed (, the Year of the Dragon is the year I face the dragon and stop being afraid of poetry. I've been putting this off for years because, after a long career as a public school student, " more

Feb 9, 2012 12:00 AM Literature

Much attention has been paid recently to the topic of Canadian content and national pride in literature. It seems we're writing about everywhere except Canada. more

Jan 26, 2012 12:00 AM Literature

Over a dozen Yukon authors published books this year, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, readers can meet seven of them for refreshments and autographs at the annual Mac's Fireweed Books holiday book bash. more

Dec 1, 2011 12:00 AM Literature

It's unusual for a writing conference to produce immediate results, but just one month after Northern Writes staged the Yukon Writer's Conference, delegates were already using what they learned to explore emerging publishing models. more

Nov 24, 2011 12:00 AM Literature

It's been two years since the last Yukon Writers' Conference, which launched several local authors. This Thanksgiving is another, thanks to Northern Writes, the partnership of Barb Dunlop and Marcelle Dube. more

Sep 22, 2011 12:00 AM Literature

Ione Christensen, Yukon writer, mother, pioneer and politician, is writing an autobiography spanning three generations. The daughter of RCMP corporal G. I. Cameron and lay nurse Martha, Ione was raised in Fort Selkirk, a once quiet riverside communi more

Sep 8, 2011 12:00 AM Literature

In 1949, writer Joseph Campbell launched the idea of the monomyth, or Hero's Journey, as the most appealing way to tell a story to mass audiences across cultures. But critics, especially feminists, immediately asked, what about the Heroine? Local au more

Aug 18, 2011 12:00 AM Literature 1 Comments