Jack London Festival
Dawson City, Yukon, Canada - 18-21 September, 1997

The Jack London Festival commemorates the 100th anniversary of the world-famous writer's sojourn in the Klondike. The event hopes to attract aficionados of the author from all across North America and the world, giving them a chance to see for themselves the area that inspired his greatest works.

Why September? Because that will allow visitors to really feel the way Jack himself would have felt, arriving at the end of the summer. Festival participants will have the opportunity to visit the site of London's original cabin on Henderson Creek, where he spent a portion of his winter in the area.

Attractions at this historic one-time-only event will also include films, round-table and panel discussions, historical interpretation of the Jack London cabin in Dawson City (re-constructed from the original) by local historian, author and festival director Dick North, as well as sightseeing and shopping in the Home of the Klondike.

A conference package is available at $300, payable in Canadian funds. This includes accommodation (double occupancy) at the host hotel, all events, and 7% Goods and Services Tax. Fees may be paid to the Klondike Visitors Association, Box 389, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada Y0B 1G0. For more information contact Dominic Lloyd, Special Events Coordinator, at (867) 993-5575; fax (867) 993-6415; e-mail kva@dawson.net

News Release

An event will be taking place in Dawson City next month that is sure to draw the attention of many people in the Territory. A leading Jack London Scholar from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Professor Susan Nuernberg, will be attending the Jack London Festival to present a paper, Race in Jack London's Early Yukon Stories. Nuernberg is an English Professor in the College of Letters and Science at the Midwestern School, as well as an Advisory Board Member of the Jack London Society and a member of the Popular Culture Association.

Yukoners will recall the controversy last fall in Whitehorse that was caused when a group tried to have the name Two Mile Hill changed to Jack London Boulevard. "I thought I would respond" says Nuernberg, "by showing that [London's] views were quite complex and rather progressive for the period, in fact." The paper will also explore London's anti-Imperialist views, and will undoubtedly be of interest to many who took part in the debate a year ago.

The Jack London Festival is being hosted by the Klondike Visitors Association from September 18-21, 1997. The event will commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the author's arrival in the Yukon, through seminars, films, and discussion groups. People wishing to attend should contact the KVA office in Dawson City at (867) 993-5575.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, 18 September
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Arrival in Dawson City and registration at host hotel
7:30 pm "Get acquainted" welcome reception and hors d'oeuvres
Friday, 19 September
10:00 am - 12:00 pm "Welcome to Jack London's Yukon"
Tour and interpretation of Jack London's cabin with Dick North and Dawne Mitchell
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm "There's gold in them thar hills!"
Tour of the Klondike Gold Fields, including Bonanza Creek and the site of the original Klondike gold discovery
Throughout the day, tours by helicopter to Henderson Creek and the original cabin site. This tour is not included in the package and must be pre-booked. Contact the Klondike Visitors Association for further information on the availability of this tour.
7:00 pm "Jack London Film Festival" at the Palace Grand Theatre
Saturday, 20 September
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Paper presentation and roundtable discussion
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Jack London Forum
6:30 pm - 2:00 am Closing banquet followed by entertainment at Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino, sponsored by the Klondike Visitors Association
Sunday, 20 September
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Brunch and closing remarks

Call For Papers

The Klondike Visitors Association is seeking academic papers for presentation at the 1997 Jack London Festival. Papers should relate to Jack London's work and/or life in the Yukon. Interested applicants should submit a manuscript by July 31, 1997 to:
    Dominic Lloyd
    Special Events Coordinator
    Klondike Visitors Association
    Box 389
    Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
    Y0B 1G0

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