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Telling a true story from my own life at Confabulation’s show “Acquired Tastes”, here in Montreal in April, 2019, was a fantastic experience. With workshopping advice from accomplished storyteller Nisha Coleman, I learned about pacing, presenting—and memorizing—for an unnervingly large yet welcoming audience. Here’s the live performance, based on adventures in research for my children’s book manuscript about circus school students. Thank you Kate Lavut of Paper Dog Press, for thinking of taking a video--and thanks to storyteller Michele Luchs for inviting me!

Spreading the Word was launched in April, 2017, and Tuk and the Whale was one of many Quebec English-language books featured. The program is designed to bring the pleasures of reading and writing to seniors throughout the province. Online resources include interviews with the authors—check ‘em out! This is the video featuring me and Tuk.

Prepping for the launch of my novel Show Mode in April, 2017, was special because friend and fellow-author Monique Polak joined me to co-launch her book, Bullies Rule. Thanks to All in a Weekend Montreal (CBC Radio) for inviting us to chat about our books.

Book launch performances:strategy and singing. Prepping for their performance is one of the acts of young musicians and singers of Montreal’s FACE school—my inspiration for Show Mode— who made our double book launch a truly festive event.

Not a fast writer: In January 2015, the editor of the monthly blog QWF Writes asked me to fill in for February’s cancellation. Lucky for all of us--especially readers--my post didn’t see daylight until March. I wrote about the joys and pains of my latest manuscript, a creative non-fiction about the lives of high school students at the National Circus School. Read “Nature’s Way of Getting Books Written” at QWF Writes.

Julie gives Natalia a hand, during warm-up before RESET, the latest show from acrobat troupe THROW2CATCH.

I was very pleased to be asked to contribute to the fall 2011 issue of Canadian Children’s Books News, in honour of Freedom to Read Week (freedomtoread.ca). If you’re not (yet) a Book Centre member with a subscription, or you missed the issue on the newsstands, here’s a peek: 3FreedomToRead_CCBN_Fall_2011.pdf

Here are some photos from my trip to Arizona in November, 2011, where I was doing research for my manuscript Yipee’s Gold Mountain. What an astonishing place--especially for someone who’s used to driving through Cananda’s vast swaths of region. On the first day I was in the desert, sweating through my only t-shirt and fretting that I’d packed too many sweaters for the trip. Two hours later I was driving through the windy, pine-forested Prescott National Park at 5,000 feet elevation. A couple of days later, I had to buy snow boots to wear in Flagstaff, at 7,000 feet. What an excellent State: if you get sick of winter, summer is just a couple of hours drive down the mountains.

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