Jane’s Walk Community Birthday Party, Ottawa-Gatineau, Cube Gallery, 1285 Wellington St. Ottawa, ON — Saturday May 4, 4 - 7.00
Join me at the Jane’s Walk Ottawa-Gatineau family-friendly party marking what would have been the 103rd birthday of urbanist Jane Jacobs. This event is free and open to all! As a special guest, I’ll be reading Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs. And yes, there will be birthday cake and colouring too!
Canadian Independent Bookstore Day at Queen Books, 1914 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON – Saturday, April 27, 2019
I’ll be a guest bookseller and reading during story time at Queen Books, this Saturday from 10 to 11 am ! Lots of other amazing Toronto-based authors and illustrators will be at the store throughout the day as well, including Barbara Reid, Mireille Messier, Hilary Leung, Michelle Kadarusman, Vikki Vansickle, and Danielle Young-Ullmann. Hope to see there!
Packaging Your Imagination, CANSCAIP, Toronto, November 10, 2018
I'm pleased to be one of the editors invited to provide One-to-One Manuscript Evaluations at this Saturday's sold-out CANSCAIP Packaging Your Imagination conference. Hope to see you there!
Interview with Shelagh Rogers on CBC Radio, the Next Chapter - October, 2018
Shelagh interviewed me for a segment of the CBC radio show The Next Chapter about my new picture book biography Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs (Kids Can, 2018). Stay tuned for the link to the podcast!
Interview on Global TV Morning Show -- Thursday, May 9, 7.50
I'm being interviewed about my new book Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs (Kids Can, 2018) by hosts Liem Vuong and Carolyne Mackenzie. Here's a link.
Launch of Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs -- Sunday, May 6, 12 - 2
Join me and the urban planners, ages 8 to 10, at the Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto, as we chat about the amazing urban planner and activist Jane Jacobs, read my new book Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs (Kids Can, 2018) and then take a mini Jane's Walk to visit the diorama they designed themselves! Signed books available to be purchased.
Presentation to York Catholic District School Board of Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs -- Monday, April 23, 2018, 9.00
I'll read my new picture book biography Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs (Kids Can, 2018) and chat with teacher-librarians about the many ways they can use this book in the K to 10 classroom. Thanks to Eleanor LeFave at Mables Fables children's book store, Toronto, for inviting me to come along!
Launch of What Happens Next -- Saturday, March 3, 2 - 4
Join illustrator Carey Sookocheff and I, and our publisher Owlkids, at our book launch on March 3, 2018 at Queen Books, Toronto, as we celebrate the publication of our picture book What Happens Next!
I'll read the story aloud and Carey will do an art activity with the kids. We'll also be pleased to sign copies of our book.
OLA Conference, Toronto, Canada -- Friday, February 2, 2018, 11 - 11.30
I'll be signing and giving away copies of my picture book What Happens Next (Owlkids, March 2018) along with the book's amazing illustrator Carey Sookocheff at the Ontario Library Association conference at the Toronto Conference Center on Friday, February 2, 2017 between 11 and 11.30. We can't wait to meet you and share our book with you!
OLA Conference, Toronto, Can. Feb 2, 2017, 9 - 9.30
I'll be signing and giving away copies of UP! How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones (Owlkids, spring 2017) along with the book's amazing illustrator Ashley Barron at the Ontario Library Association conference in Toronto on February 2, 2017 between 9 and 9.30. We can't wait to meet you and share our book with you!
OLA Conference, Toronto, Can. Feb 2, 2017, 10.30 - 11.15
My nonfiction book Making Canada Home (Owlkids, 2016) was chosen as an OLA Best Bets! I'll be speaking to librarians about my book alongside other Best Bet nominees at the conference.
Visit to First Nations School of Toronto, Toronto, Can. Feb 10, 2017, 9 - 10.30
I'm looking forward to sharing my picture book Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble (Kids Can, 2016) to K to 2 students at this Reading Celebration organized by First Book.
My nonfiction book Making Canada Home (Owlkids, 2016) was chosen as an OLA Best Bets, 2017 in the nonfiction category! I know the book's up-to-date informative text and colorful primary and secondary source photos will be ideal for teachers and students studying Canadian history, culture and citizenship.
Check out the Open Book Toronto website each month to catch my latest news, tips, and interviews with children's book creators.
I now offer book talks with teachers and students via Skype, and I will Skype with interested writer-clients during critique and coaching sessions. Please get in touch if you'd like to find out more about arranging a Skype session with me.
I am pleased that so many writers are contacting me for manuscript critiques and mentoring. It is very exciting to be part of their creative process and to be able to help them achieve their writing goals.
In particular, I'd like to congratulate Gary Schwartz, my writing mentee, whose middle grade novel The King of Average is being published by Booktrope this fall.
From 2015 to 2017, I wrote a monthly blog about children's literature called Kid Lit Can for Open Book Toronto. To read the dozens of my interviews with Canadian authors, illustrators, and publishers, and get insights on writing and publishing, please look at the columns in the archive by accessing the Open Book website:http://open-book.ca/ .