Oops: Broken arm

Oops: Broken arm

On vacation in Budapest and Vienna… tripped over a tram track. The good news is no tram was coming. Bad news is I’ll be taking a short break from writing...
Who reads what? Male vs female tastes

Who reads what? Male vs female tastes

Nonfiction books checked out at primary school libraries: 75% cent to boys, 25% to girls. Book readers overall: men, 46%; women 54%. Literary readers: men, 37%; women, 63%. Heavy readers: men, 29%; women, 71%. Readers of science fiction and horror: men, 17%; women,...
Happy new year 2017 (polar bear swim)

Happy new year 2017 (polar bear swim)

I wanted to prove that turning 60 hasn’t made me into an unadventurous bore. So I took on a dare to do the New Year’s Day 2017 polar bear swim. It was hovering below zero  but my young friend Bella and I took the plunge anyway. (No, I didn’t get my...
Coming to Toronto and southern California!

Coming to Toronto and southern California!

Hey, Toronto schools and libraries: last chance to book me for a presentation February 1, 2 or 3. Or, if you’re attending the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2017, come say hi at the Orca Book Publishers booth (Nos. 410/412) at noon on Thursday,...
A winning young-adult novel

A winning young-adult novel

Sure, it has already won an award (The Ontario Library Association’s 2016 White Pine Honour Book Award), but I’m giving it another: best young-adult novel I’ve read in a very long time, and best one in the pile of 20 YA novels I had to take home and...