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  • “Playing Favourites” listed by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre

      I awoke this morning to some great news.  The Canadian Children’s Book Centre will be featuring Playing Favourites in the Spring edition of Best Books for … more

  • “Breakaway” and “Playing Favourites” Featured!

    Thanks to my publishers, Lorimer & Co., for featuring two of my novels, Breakaway and Playing Favourites, in their newsletter this month!           … more

  • A Visit to Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan

    Last Friday (March 8th), I was lucky enough to visit two Grade 4 classes at Canadian Academy in Kobe during some downtime in a soccer tournament. The … more

  • The 2013 Tokyo International Literary Festival

    On Sunday, March 3rd, I was fortunate to be able to attend the final day of the first Tokyo International Literary Festival (東京国際文芸フェス), which was held at … more

  • An Appearance in the Japan Times

    Given that my most memorable appearance in Japanese news media to date involved a bizarre street interview regarding my thoughts on wrapping paper, I was honoured and … more

  • Grade 2 Class Visit – How Do You Imagine a Story?

    Before Christmas, I spent considerable time working on a children’s picture book, a completely new genre for me.  While I do find the genre fascinating, I also … more

  • “Playing Favourites” Chosen by Junior Library Guild!

    I’m pleased to announce that Playing Favourites has been chosen by the Junior Library Guild in the US as recommended book for young readers.  The Junior Library … more

  • Poet-Author Holly Thompson Visits Our Grade 8 Class

    On Friday, we were fortunate enough to have award-winning poet Holly Thompson visit our Grade 8 class to talk about her favourite type of poetry: poetry that … more

  • A Skype Visit with Japanese-to-English Translator Avery Fischer Udagawa

    As my Grade 11 class begins a study of short stories written by Akutagawa Ryunosuke (along with a film directed by Kurosawa Akira), we were extremely privileged … more

  • School Sports Trips: Memories, New and Old

    I recently travelled to Hawaii with our high school boys’ varsity soccer team, where the players participated in an invitational tournament with eleven other schools (two from … more