Gearing up to explore ideas and the written word

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The Yukon Writers’ Festival takes place May 2 through 5, with events throughout the Yukon

In 1990, a number of organizations joined together to meld the Young Authors’ Conference and the National Book Festival into a farther reaching Yukon Writers’ Festival to highlight the Canadian literary arts in the Yukon.

The current sponsors of the events are Yukon Education and Yukon Public Libraries.

Five writers, usually with one from the Yukon, are engaged to participate in the week-long series of events.

The Public Libraries’ author, mystery writer Owen Laukkanen, will sent outside the capital to a set of rural sites tentatively expected to be Burwash Landing Library (May 1), the Carmacks Library (May 3), the Ross River Library (May 3), the Faro Library (May 4,) and the Isabelle Pringle Library in Carcross (May 5).

The four Young Authors’ Conference mentors – Michael Winter, Tyrell Johnson, Jamella Hagen and Zsuzsi Gartner – will hold workshops over two days at F.H. Collins Secondary School (May 3 and 4), and will also join Laukkanen in a reading and reception at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on the evening of Wednesday, May 2. All of the writers will participate in a public reading at the library in Haines Junction on Saturday, May 5. Additional events may be announced closer to the dates.


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