It’s been so long since I last wrote an entry, I feel like I should re-introduce myself: I’m Lily. I’m a literary programmer and producer in Yukon.
Betcha didn’t see that one coming.
Dawson didn’t work out. To pick up my spirits, I put on my literary hat and looked into bringing up people I knew from the Canadian literary scene. Yukoners invite presenters from outside the territory all the time. At the very least, I figured, I’d learn about the funding process. The first was my old instructor Cynthia Good, former publisher of Penguin, who did a two-day workshop about getting published. It sold out 3 weeks in advance. Then came a writers’ conference with Terry Fallis, Ivan Coyote and Douglas Gibson (Alice Munro’s editor). All workshops sold out 2 weeks in advance. Things kinda snowballed from there.
It’s been fun. Moreover it’s important: I’m able to celebrate the written word and provide a public forum for authors. Writers have been so devalued in the past 15 years, it’s important to recognize the artist and their work. Fortunately Yukon loves books. Authors are always welcomed here.
When I first moved here, I wondered how Yukon would affect me. Now I wonder how I will affect the Yukon. Perhaps that’s been the biggest change of all.
Here are a few folks I’ve helped introduce to the Yukon recently. They all loved it here and can’t wait to come back.