Pierre Berton, ( 1920 – 2004) was a noted Canadian author of non-fiction, especially Canadiana and Canadian history, and was one of Canada’s most prolific and popular authors.
He also worked in several television shows as writer, editor, interviewer, or host, but may be most familiar on the screen as a permanent panelist on Front Page Challenge from 1957 to 1995.
“The books made Canadians believe they shared a historical narrative with depth and drama”— Philip Marchand, The Toronto Star
He received over 30 literary awards, more than a dozen honourary degrees, and was a Companion of the Order of Canada.
In Dawson City, Yukon, The Berton House Writer’s Residence Retreat provides an opportunity for a professional Canadian creative writer to work in a remote Northern community. The writer is housed free of charge in the boyhood home of author Pierre Berton.
The program is intended to provide professional Canada writers an opportunity to concentrate on their work in a remote yet exciting location, where they can become familiar with a part of the country they might otherwise not experience, and it is also hoped that their writing will be influenced by their Yukon experience.