A Celebration of Literature for Children and Young Adults
Calgary Convention Centre ~ October 3-5, 1996 ~ Calgary, Alberta

Photo: Kristin Ross

Julie Lawson

The experience of growing up on Vancouver Island, and spending summers at the cottage on the coast, inspired Julie Lawson to write her picture books A Morning to Polish and Keep, My Grandfather Loved the Stars and Kate's Castle.

Julie grew up in Victoria, BC, and graduated from the university there with a degree in French. After travelling in Europe for a year she returned to the island to work, first with the Greater Victoria Public Library and then as an elementary teacher with the Sooke School District. While on leave from this situation in 1990 she wrote her first book, The Sand Sifter, which tells of two children who meet a mystical old man who collects sand from all over the world and sifts it into stories.

A fascination with dragons and Chinese mythology led to the award winning books The Dragon's Pearl (1992), and White Jade Tiger (1993). We can look forward to another picture book, Too Many Suns, to be published in 1996, also based on a Chinese tale.

Although she is now a full-time author, Julie divides her time between writing in her "airy upstairs room with big windows" where she can gaze at the forest around her Vancouver Island home, and visiting schools and libraries across Canada, where she talks with students and teachers about writing.

Selective Bibliography:

Blown Away, Red Deer College Press, 1995.
The Dragon's Pearl, Oxford University Press, 1992.
Fires Burning, Stoddart, 1995.
Kate's Castle, Oxford University Press, 1992.
My Grandfather Loved the Stars, Beach Holme, 1992.
The Sand Sifter, Beach Holme, 1990.
White Jade Tiger, Beach Holme, 1993.

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