Berton House Readings

bertonhouseThe Berton House Writer’s Retreat is a year-round residency for professional Canadian writers in the restored boyhood home of Pierre Berton in Dawson City, Yukon. Owned and operated by the Writers’ Trust of Canada with support from the Klondike Visitors Association and the Dawson City Community Library.


Listen to this introductory podcast as three former residents describe their Berton House experience.

staceymatsonStacey Matson – March 2017
Satcey Matson is author of the Arthur Bean trilogy of kids’ books, which consists of A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius, Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius, and Notes from the Life of a Total Genius. She’s currently a creative writing mentor with the Writers’ Exchange in Vancouver.

cumynalanAlan Cumyn – June 2014
Alan Cumyn is the award-winning author of a baker’s dozen of wide-ranging and often wildly different novels. He currently makes his home in Ottawa with his wife and two daughters.

martiniclemClem Martini – February 2014
Clem Martini is an award winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter, and the Chair of Drama in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.

murphycolleenColleen Murphy – August 2013
Colleen Murphy is a screenwriter, film director and playwright. Notable works include the plays Beating Heart Cadaver and the Governor-General’s-Award-winning The December Man as well as the Genie-Award-nominated film screenplay for Termini Station.

fitzgeraldjamesJames Fitzgerald – December 2013
James Fitzgerald is a freelance writer, editor, and award-winning author based in Toronto. He spent 10 years working in the book publishing field and 15 years as a journalist.

hilllawrenceLawrence Hill – March 2012
Lawrence Hill is the author of ten books including the novels The Book of Negroes and The Illegal, and the non-fiction books Blood: the Stuff of Life, and Dear Sir, I intend to Burn your Book: An Anatomy of a Book Burning.

dowhaldannyDan Dowhal – February 2014
Dan Dowhal is a writer and independent producer. He is the author of three novels, Bury Your Horses, Skyfisher, and Flam Grub and lives, works, and plays in Dawson City, Yukon.