Four writers will travel to Yukon’s Dawson City to live in the childhood home of iconic Canadian author Pierre Berton as the 2009-10 Berton House writers-in-residence. The foursome “ Pasha Malla, Linda Goyette, MylÃ¨ne Gilbert-Dumas, and Jeramy Dodds “ will each spend three months as writer-in-residence, during which time they will perform public readings in the area and make themselves available to the community.
The four writers were chosen from 80 applicants by a three-member committee consisting of previous writers-in-residence Russell Smith and C.E. Gatchalian, along with young adult novelist Joanne Bell. To be eligible for the program, applicants must have published at least one book in any area, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, and journalism. Since the program’s inception in 1996, 45 writers have braved the northern climate to spend time in Berton’s home.