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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Roger Lemoyne

Born in England, but transplanted to Newfoundland when she was very young, Kathleen Winter credits libraries with kick starting her interest in writing. “We moved around a bit and in one village the only library was ‘the bookmobile,’ a van filled... more

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

Krystal McKenna, a Grade 1 teacher at Jack Hulland Elementary School, sets young authors off on a great writing adventure. At the beginning of the year, students draw pictures in their journals. McKenna talks to the student about the drawing and... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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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: 2016-07-21, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Each year the Klondike Visitors Association works with the Writers’ Trust of Canada, Parks Canada, and the Dawson Community Library to put on the Authors on Eighth Walking Tour during the week before Discovery Days. more

Jul 21, 2016 12:00 AM Dawson City

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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

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Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Mark Zuehlke grew up in the Okanagan, hearing tales of Remittance Men – those eccentric British immigrants sent here in the late 19th century by their families who didn't know what else to do with them. They were called Remittance Men because of... more

Jun 9, 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

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Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: courtesy of Sandy Bonny

Unlike many a published author, Saskatoon writer Sandy Bonny didn’t study to become one. It just happened. “I haven’t got an English degree,” she says, “and didn’t train or apprentice purposefully with literary mentors before my first... more

Apr 21, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-04-14, PHOTO: Rob Smith

Dianne Whelan is an award winning filmmaker, photographer and author who lived, until fairly recently, in Vancouver. At the time of this interview she was in New Brunswick, in the midst of a project she calls “500 Days in the Wild.” “It’s what I... more

Apr 14, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2016-04-14, Photo: Julia C. Vona

Heather O’Neill grew up loving books and really can’t imagine a life without writing. “I love words. I adore books. When I was little, I slept with them in my bed. All I wanted were books, books, books. I asked for them for my birthday and... more

Apr 14, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: Cathie Archbould

For 20 years, Robert (Bob) Hayes was the Yukon’s wolf biologist. During those years, he studied hundreds of radio-collared wolves and conducted several long-term wolf-prey studies. He is considered a world expert on moose and caribou predation by... more

Apr 7, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2016-03-17, PHOTO: Andree Lanthier

“The play was inspired by the shooting of a young man named Freddy Villaneuva,” Vancouver-based playwright Omari Newton tells me. “A young man that was apparently unarmed, had no previous criminal record. He got into some kind of altercation with... more

Mar 17, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-02-11

July: The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers (American, 1951) While the short stories in this collection are good, the novella – also called The Ballad of the Sad Cafe – is unforgettable. At once hilarious and sad, McCullers captures all... more

Feb 11, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-01-21, Photo: Lily Quan

Three of the country’s best storytellers will soon descend on Whitehorse for the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference. The conference features Terry Fallis, author of Best Laid Plans; Douglas Gibson, editor and publisher of luminaries such as Alice... more

Jan 21, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2015-11-12 PHOTO: Promotional

Mark Zuehlke was a writer-in-residence at Berton House in 2003. At the time he had just finished several books on the history of the Canadian Forces actions in Italy during World War II and had brought along copious file boxes full of material for... more

Nov 12, 2015 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2015-09-10 PHOTO: courtesy of Marcelle Dubé

It's a dark and rainy night, when Kate Williams finds an injured stranger on the Highway. She pulls over to help him, not knowing that she will be soon in danger. That's how Marcelle Dubé's short story Night Shift starts. more

Sep 10, 2015 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2015-08-20 PHOTO: courtesy of Ruth Armson

What’s an English teacher to do once she retires: take a trip through the Northwest Passage? Ruth Armson did that, and wrote about it. Compile an autobiography, perhaps? She did that, too. “I’d been away from home since I was 15, and I thought ... more

Aug 20, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2015-05-28 Photo: Dan Davidson

By the time you read this I’ll be “Exploring the Frontiers of Language” in Skagway, attending this year’s edition of the North Words Writers Symposium. I’ve been at most of these gatherings since the first one in 2010 and have found the trip a... more

May 28, 2015 12:00 AM Alaska

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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: courtesy of Jacob Scheier

Jacob Scheier wrote his first collection of poems about the loss of his mother; he was 20. She had gotten sick when he was in high school. It was part of his shift from writing as a hobby to writing because it felt very necessary. more

May 21, 2015 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2015-04-02 PHOTO: courtesy of Jamie Sharpe

What does knitting have in common with writing poetry? Both must be done carefully. One mistake can ruin the whole image. Jamie Sharpe knitted a one meter wide and two storey long scarf and wrote a poem about it. more

Apr 2, 2015 12:00 AM Literature

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