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Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

It’s been just 10 years since Amazon sold its first Kindle reader devices and the market for ebooks exploded. Not that there weren’t ebooks before that. The Palm series of personal digital assistants (PDAs) made ebooks possible as early as 2002... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-10-04, Photo: Amazon.ca

Continuing this series of reviews of books that deal with the Canadian identity and, to an extent, with the idea of Canada at 150, we come to the latest book by former Berton House writer-in-residence Charlotte Gray. It’s called The Promise of... Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Helen McCullough

Despite the romantic image of the grizzled miner panning by the creek side in search of gold, that phase of the Klondike’s mineral saga was relatively short. Entrepreneurial minds knew of more efficient and less-labour intensive ways of getting... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

There is the Berton House program, overseen by the Writers Trust of Canada, which houses four people annually; the Dawson City Music Festival’s Songwriter In Residence, which happens every winter; and the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture... Read more

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... Read more

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. Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2016-06-23, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

My shakedown cruise for our trailer has come to be my annual pilgrimage to the town of Skagway to attend the North Words Writers’ Symposium, held this year from May 25-28 in the windy town. This was the seventh annual event, of which I have... Read more

Alaska

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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... Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2016-01-14 PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Not too long ago if you wanted to find Berton House, the home of the Berton House Writers’ Retreat, you would have been directed to 8th Avenue and told to look at the building across the street from Parks Canada’s Robert Service Cabin site. Read more

Dawson City

As a former English teacher, long time library patron, book reviewer, informal Berton House liaison, and editor of The Klondike Sun, it often falls to me to make the introductions when an author comes to do a public reading at the Dawson Community Li Read more

Dawson City

Last evening our current writer-in-residence, Anik See, presented two of her essays to 15 people at the Dawson Community Library. See focuses particularly on landscape and people’s reactions to it, as well as an interest in the narratives people Read more

Dawson City

In 1938, when Anik See’s maternal grandparents wanted to get married, they had to satisfy the authorities in their German homeland that neither side had any Jewish blood for at least three generations back. Read more

Literature

The headline on the front page of the July 24, 1997 edition of the Klondike Sun proclaimed, "Berton Proposes Dawson for World Heritage Site Status." Read more

Dawson City

If you are susceptible to the perception that we are a country of people who play it safe; Colleen Murphy is the kind of person who reminds us that Canadian's can be cool. Her life is anything but normal and she's artistic to boot. She has created f Read more

Theatre - Dance

Taking a stroll along the Writers' Block — from the corner of 8th Avenue and Hanson Street to the corner of 8th and Firth — you find yourself sandwiched between Berton House and Robert Service's Cabin at the top end. Read more

Dawson City

My experience in Dawson says that we generally get our first snow before Thanksgiving. But there are exceptions. Read more

Dawson City

Sherry MacDonald, the newest writer-in-residence at Dawson City's Berton House, has a place secured in heaven. "There's a special place in heaven for single moms who have raised three boys," she says. Read more

Theatre - Dance

It was novelist Lawrence Hill who told me while we sipped tea in the Downtown Hotel dining room in Dawson in March that his early career as a journalist taught him to embrace the adventure of his stories. The beauty of living in the North is the adv Read more

Yukon Local Business

Being in Dawson City for a residence at the Berton House is a dream come true for Winnipeg writer Joan Thomas. This is not the first time that Thomas has been to this area. In 1996, she spent a month camping in the Yukon with her family. Read more

Literature

Dawson survives as it does because it had prominent champions among the wordsmiths of the 20th century. Read more

Dawson City