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Samantha's Sandwich Stand goes on Tour!

Posted on 12 November, 2021 at 15:30

Many thanks to the amazing Suzy and the wonderful bloggers for taking "Samantha's Sandwich Stand" on tour in the New Year. So grateful.

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Something uplifting

Posted on 31 July, 2021 at 11:00

Happy weekend everyone! Check out the trailer of my forthcoming children’s picture book Samantha’s Sandwich Stand:

Thanks so much for watching!

Online Pre-Launch Party!

Posted on 24 May, 2021 at 0:00

I am thrilled to announce that my first children’s picture book “Samantha’s Sandwich Stand” will be published by Renaissance Press this fall. I am grateful to everyone at Renaissance for making this happen. Huge thanks to Nathan Caro Fréchette for bringing the book alive with his amazing illustrations! Love and thanks to you all for supporting me on this incredible journey. Please join us for an online pre-launch party taking place Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 7:00 p...

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Poetry is in the air...

Posted on 26 April, 2021 at 10:15

In honour of National Poetry Month, here’s a video of me reading from my poetry collection Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter. Special thanks to Crystal and everyone at Mawenzi House for putting this together. Thanks for your support!

2021 Faces Magazine Ottawa Awards

Posted on 11 January, 2021 at 14:20

I am so honoured to be nominated under the category of Music & Art (Author) in the 2021 Ottawa FACES Magazine Awards.

Thank you to Faces Magazine for this wonderful opportunity. What a lovely way to begin the New Year!

Thanks so much to my family, friends, publisher and readers for making this possible! Voting ends January 30, 2021. Thank you for your support and here’s to a better and brighter 2021. Stay safe everyone! With love and gratitude.

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Grazie, Lu, for everything!

Posted on 20 December, 2020 at 11:10

 Inanna Publications Editor-in-Chief Luciana Ricciutelli

(19 February, 1958 – 14 December, 2020)

I am so sad and shocked about the passing of the brilliant, beautiful and kind Luciana Ricciutelli. I still remember the last time I saw my beloved publisher and friend ...

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An evening of poetry and music

Posted on 31 October, 2020 at 11:20

I am so thrilled to announce that my poem “Afternoon Baklava” was an honourable mention in the 2020 John Newlove Poetry Award. Many thanks to the lovely Amanda Earl, Dina Del Bucchia and Bywords for this wonderful opportunity! Huge congrats to Megan Misztal, this year’s award recipient, and to the other honourable mentions Ken Marchant and Judy Marks. If you missed the live event, check it out here:

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2020 Ottawa Book Awards - What an amazing evening!

Posted on 24 October, 2020 at 15:25

Congratulations to Henry Beissel and his publisher Guernica Editions for the 2020 Ottawa Book Awards win! Well-deserved. It was an honour being a finalist and being part of this year’s celebrations during these unusual times. Thank you to the City of Ottawa, the Cultural Funding Support Unit, the Ottawa Public Library and the judges. Thanks to my dear family, publisher, friends, fellow writers and readers for cheering me on! ❤️ Congrats again to Henry!

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What a lovely surprise!

Posted on 26 July, 2020 at 10:20

This lovely surprise arrived in the mail. I am so grateful to the IPPY Awards and to my wonderful publisher Inanna Publications. And, as always, thank you to my family, friends, fellow writers, bookstores and readers who have supported me over the years. Stay safe and be well. 




A Valentine's Day Interview with Anita Kushwaha

Posted on 11 February, 2020 at 17:40

On this Valentine’s Day, I think it is appropriate to share my love of books and, in particular, to share my admiration for the novel Secret Lives of Mothers & Daughters by the talented Anita Kushwaha. Anita is a brilliant author whose prose is lyrical and moving. I was fortunate that our paths crossed years ago and it is an honour to host Anita on my blog today. She was gracious and generous and I thank her for her time and support. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Enjo...

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