What is the Yukon Writers’ Festival?

In 1990, a number of organizations joined together to merge the Young Authors’ Conference (YAC) and the National Book Festival into the more far-reaching Yukon Writers’ Festival. The goal was to highlight Canadian literary arts in the Yukon.

Five writers, including one from the Yukon, will participate in a week-long series of events (May 1 to 4), sponsored by Yukon Education and Yukon Public Libraries.

Jan Redford (sponsored by Public Libraries) will be sent to rural locations including Burwash Landing Library (April 30 at 12 p.m.); Live Words at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre with the other four writers (May 1 at 7 p.m.); the Carmacks Library (May 2 at 10:30 a.m.) the Faro Community Library (May 2 at 7 p.m.); the Ross River Library (May 3 at 10:30 a.m.); and the Isabelle Pringle Library in Carcross. (May 4 at 3 p.m.)

The four YAC mentors, including Heather O’Neill, Joanna Lilley, David Geary, and Sigmund Brouwer, will hold workshops on May 2 and 3 at F.H. Collins High School. Author readings will also include students at the school. The Friday session will conclude with participant readings.

Other events will be added to the roster as the date approaches. Look for notices.

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