As a kid I used to pick Dandelions, purple clover and Queen Anne's Lace and bring them home to be put in a vase and displayed on the kitchen table. I did not understand the difference between a weed and a flower. It's all a matter of perspective; one person's weed is another person's flower. … Continue reading The Art of Noticing: Sidewalk Flowers Review
Holy stars did I love this book! Fifteen year old (yes, 15!) Maya Van Wagenen is smart, funny, achingly honest and a total star. In grade 8 she decided to follow the advice of a 1950s style guide, BETTY CORNELL'S TEEN-AGE POPULARITY GUIDE (which is also being republished by Dutton at the same time, GREAT kitschy … Continue reading YA Gets a 1950s Make-Over: Popular Review
It's party time! If you're in the Toronto area on Tuesday, May 28th come celebrate the launch of SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS with me at one of my favourite Junction hotspots, 3030. Starting at 7pm, this is an all ages event and will feature a reading by yours truly and a performance by the amazing … Continue reading Summer Days, Starry Nights Toronto Launch: Party Like it’s 1962!
One of the things I hear most often from fellow writers is, 'If only I could get away and just write.' As a writer with a full-time job and limited time, I completely understand this sentiment. Sometimes you need a few days to jumpstart a new manuscript or take the time to overhaul an old … Continue reading Introducing the Cairn Adult Writers’ Retreat
I have a rather impressive collection of picture books; some people buy art for their walls, I buy art for my shelves. Picture books serve a variety of purposes and can be many different things, but when text, image and package come together perfectly there is nothing more magical than a picture book. I don't often … Continue reading Introducing a New Canadian Picture Book Dream Team: Virginia Wolf Review
Ah, Saskatchewan! Land of wheat and Saskatoon berry pies. Home of Canadian kids lit icon Arthur Slade, the Wynyard Chicken Chariot Races, and the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame Archives and Museum which houses some of the rarest books in the world. The place where personal she-ro Joni Mitchell spent her formative years. I am … Continue reading See Saw Saskatchewan: Tour News!
Here in Toronto, spring appears to have sprung, complete with bright sunny days followed by long stretches of heavy rains. Ah, spring. How I've missed you! Every year around this time I re-read The Secret Garden. Alas, I seem to have misplaced my copy. Until it is found, here is a collection of my favourite springtime picture books. You'll … Continue reading Flower Power