My schedule

Upcoming events

May 8 - 14, 2019: Book tour and Forest of Trees literary event (Toronto)

Fall, 2019: Launch of new novel, Clear Skies, published by Groundwood Books (Toronto)

Previous appearances

Exhibition: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Nova Scotia)

What an honor it was for my books to be included in an exhibition with other talented arts administrators, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Anna Leonowens Gallery of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Some of my most creative years were spent there.

Bridgetown Regional Community School (Nova Scotia)

With the support of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, I was invited to speak to Grades 4-6 as a visiting author. I had to tackle great questions, such as what is the shortest amount of time needed to write a book.

Workshop: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia

With the support of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, I led a workshop for children's authors called Cultivating Your Voice. It resulted in some terrific personal accounts of dramatic moments retold.
Workshop leader

Atlantic Booksellers’ Association (Hailfax)

With the support of Groundwood Books, I was invited to chat about the inspiration for The Better Tree Fort to booksellers from across Atlantic Canada.

Book Launch: The Better Tree Fort

With the support of Woozles Children's Book Store (Halifax), the Halifax Central Library, and Groundwood Books, I launched The Better Tree Fort on Father's Day.
Book lauch

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

Touring Montreal and surrounding towns, I delivered 11 presentations to 600 students from grades 3 to 6 in less than five days. A big shout out to Carol-Ann Hoyte and Shannon Howe Barnes who organized this fabulous tour!
Book tour

Association of Teachers of English Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia)

I was invited to lead a writing workshop at this year's conference, held at the Eastern Passage Educational Centre in Nova Scotia. English teachers make wonderful workshop participants, even sharing their own work during read-out-louds!
Writing workshop for teachers

MASC Young Authors and Illustrators’ Conference (Ontario)

I participated as one of the writing workshop leaders and spoke to 150 students from grades four to eight who had a passion for writing. The conference took place in Ottawa at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum.
Workshop for young writers

Grande Prairie Childrens’ Literature Roundtable (Alberta)

I visited 10 Grande Prairie elementary schools, the Grande Prairie Regional College and the Grande Prairie Public Library, and over the course of my one-week tour, I presented to over 2,700 students! I would especially like to thank the Grande Prairie Children's Literature Roundtable for organizing this tour as well as the Canada Council for financial support.
Book tour

Lethbridge Children’s Literature Roundtable (Alberta)

I spoke at 12 schools and public libraries in Southern Alberta and chatted with over 1,200 students and 50 teachers during mytour. Thank you to Richard Chase, the Lethbridge Children's Literature Roundtable, the Rocky Mountain Book Awards and the Canada Council for supporting this opportunity to meet young Alberta readers.
Book tour

Word on the Street Festival (Nova Scotia)

I read from my novel, The Spotted Dog Last Seen, which was nominated for the Canadian Children's Book Centre's John Spray Mystery Award as well as the Canadian Library Association's Children's Book of the Year.
Literary festival

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week (Ontario)

I was delighted to learn that my readers in southern Ontario also love lobster. A special thank you to Monica Winkler, Canadian Children's Book Centre volunteer, who attended to all my complicated scheduling details, including trains, planes, buses and cars.
Book tour

Newfoundland/Labrador Children’s Literature Roundtable

I visited schools from Deer Lake all the way up the coast to St. Anthony. A special thank you to the Canada Council and to Sandy Chilcote, Divisional Manager, West Newfoundland-Labrador, who organized the tour.
Book tour

Frye Festival (New Brunswick)

I was invited to present to children from pre-school up to grade 6. Over 10,000 New Brunswick students met and interacted with invited authors during the festival.
Literary festival presentation

Robert Kemp Turner Elementary

I delivered a half-day workshop to elementary teachers looking for tips on how to encourage their students to find their own writing voice. The workshop ended with some exceptional pieces of writing that participants shared out loud. I was inspired by their work, and the surrounding artwork in the classroom added charm to our working space.
Writing workshop for teachers

Michael Wallace Elementary

Thank you to librarian Susan Rickard for inviting me to Michael Wallace to chat about writing with the grades 3s, 4s and 5s. I especially liked the plush velvet chair in their library where I gave my presentations. Such a cosy chair to sit in with the perfect library book!
Author school visit

Colby Village Elementary

Thank you to James Cruddas for inviting me to speak to the grades 3s and 4s at Colby Village Elementary. I could tell by their questions that several are destined to become full-time writers!
Author school visit

Park West Elementary

Thank you to Arlene Comeau for inviting me to speak to the Grades 3s, 4s and 6s. I also read to them from my newest novel, The Things Owen Wrote. My favourite question asked that day was: "Do all your stories include something personal from your own life?"
Author school visit

Armbrae Academy

I was delighted to return to Armbrae where my son had attended school from Primary to Grade Six. I provided writing trips and read from my most recent novel, The Things Owen Wrote, to the Grades Threes and Fours. They were well-prepared, attentive and engaged!
Author school visit

Sacred Heart School of Halifax

I had a fantastic visit with the grades 3s and 4s at this school. I told them stories about my son who attended this school when he was little, and how so many of my novels have been inspired by those experiences!
Author school visit

Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award (Prince Edward Island)

I toured both the South and Eastern Shores of Nova Scotia as part of the Hackmatack celebrations, which culminated in an awards ceremony in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Thank-you to Kate Watson, event coordinator.
Book tour

Nocture: Art at Night (Nova Scotia)

I launched The Spotted Dog Last Seen at Halifax's historic Old Burying Ground as part of the annual Nocturne: Art at Night festival. Special thanks to the Old Burying Ground Foundation for permission to access this national historic site, and to Groundwood Books who produced the launch video.
Author installation