Events, Uncategorized

Letters From the Great War onstage at Soulpepper

One of my first true loves is theatre, and I feel privileged to be working on  Letters From the Great War, a new Remembrance Day piece for Soulpepper Theatre Company. Conceived by musician, Roaring Girl Records label-owner, Sawdust City Music Festival founder and all-around human force Miranda Mulholland, this commemorative piece features songs from or about WW1 interspersed… Continue reading Letters From the Great War onstage at Soulpepper

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I Heart TheSix: My Fave Toronto Places

Drake isn't the only one who loves TO. I truly love my adopted city and was thrilled to talk up my top six places in TheSix for 24Hours. This was a hard list to narrow down, but I wanted to show some love for my neighbourhood (The Junction) as well as highlight a few destinations… Continue reading I Heart TheSix: My Fave Toronto Places

Bullying, Canadian, friendship stories, Funny Books, middle grade

Middle Grade Monday: Something Wiki

Middle grade fiction isn't always gentle or fantastical. Sometimes it can be downright moody, icky, and gross. Thank goodness. Puberty is rarely gentle or magical, so why should fiction tackling the subject be?In Something Wiki, we get a peek inside the mind and body of tween Jo Waller. Each chapter opens with a wikipedia entry that… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Something Wiki

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The Book Lovers’ Guide to Purging

Over the course of a year I amass a lot of books. I attend lots of book launches and have an endless appetite for new books, used books, novelty books, books I intend to use for research purposes for novels I want to write...and so on. What I don't have is a lot of space.… Continue reading The Book Lovers’ Guide to Purging

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Events, Uncategorized

Tomorrow: Three Bookish Events for the Whole Family!

There is so much kidlit goodness going on in Toronto tomorrow! Here are three free, all-ages events for all of the bookworms in your family: TORONTO ROALD DAHL DAY Lillian H. Smith Library (College and Spadina) 10-4pm This is  Small Print Toronto's fourth annual celebration of all things Dahl. There are fun Dahl-esque happenings all… Continue reading Tomorrow: Three Bookish Events for the Whole Family!

Canadian, grief, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Realistic contemporary, Summer Reads, YA

Not Your Average Love Story: When We Were Good Review

After the death of her grandmother, Katherine is feeling at sea. Her so-called best friend has turned into a mean, boy-crazed stranger and she can't seem to even feign interest in anything anymore. But a chance encounter with Marie, a self-professed straight-edge music lover makes her life colourful again. Over the course of one spring,… Continue reading Not Your Average Love Story: When We Were Good Review

Books for Everyone, Cross over, Events, friendship stories, middle grade, Mystery, News, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Realistic contemporary, Spring, Summer Reads, Writing, YA

Summer Days, Starry Nights Toronto Launch: Party Like it’s 1962!

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!

Award Winners, Canadian, Contests, Days That End in Y, Events, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade, News, Spectacular Illustrations, Words That Start With B, Writing

October Kid Lit Events Round-up

October is my favourite month. It's pumpkin pie, salted-caramel hot chocolate, and boots season. The air smells like woodsmoke and apples and everywhere you look the leaves are shirking their uniform greenness and letting their colours show. Plus their are two fantastic holidays, Thanksgiving and Halloween! Feasts and costumes! Who doesn't love October?! So it… Continue reading October Kid Lit Events Round-up

Canadian, Contests, Events, Writing

Roald Dahl Day Writing Contest

I am thrilled to be involved in an exciting contest for young writers. Believe it or not, it is the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl's fabulous James and the Giant Peach, and to celebrate, the good folks at Small Print Toronto are holding a writing competition. Here are the details: We invite writers 8-12 to… Continue reading Roald Dahl Day Writing Contest

Canadian, YA

Shades of Blue: Somewhere In Blue

It's always exciting to read a debut novel from a promising new author, especially when that author is a fellow Canuck! After reading Gillian Cummings' YA novel Somewhere In Blue, I will be following her career very closely. Set in Toronto's "The Beach" neighbourhood (or "The Beaches," depending on who you're talking to), Somewhere in… Continue reading Shades of Blue: Somewhere In Blue