Critical Writing

To Pass on the Good Word: Reviewing Books for Children, Writers on Writing,         Ed. David Booth, Overlea House, Makham, Ontario, 1989
The Selfish Giant: The Adult Writing for Children, Lands of Pleasure, Ed.
        Fasick, Johnston and Osler, The Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, New         Jersey, 1990
The Helen E. Stubbs Memorial Lecture, number eight: or Can Rumpelstiltskin surf(vive) the net?,         A lecture given at the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, Lilian
        H. Smith Branch, Toronto Public Library, October 21, 1995
An Eye for Thresholds, Only Connect: Readings on Children’s Literature, 3rd
        Edition, Ed. Egoff, Stubbs, Ashley and Sutton, Oxford University Press,
        Toronto, 1996
The Survival of the Book, Signal Number 87, Ed. Paul and Beckett,
       September, 1998
The Apprehension of Audience: The Difference Between Writing for Adults and
       Children, Windows and Words, Ed. Hudson and Cooper, University of
       Ottawa Press, 1999
Welcome to Nowhere: Living in an Outpost of the Hungry Planet, Bookbird,
A Journal of International Children’s Literature, Ed. Freeman, Lehman,
       Ratcheva-Stratieva, Scharer, Vol. 39, No. 3, 2001
Entropy Means Nothing to Me, The Lion and the Unicorn, Vol. 32, No. 2,
       April, 2008

Articles in The Horn Book Magazine
Some of the Kinder Planets, January/February, 1996
Short Tempered, May/June, 1999
Pleasantville: What it’s Really About, January/February, 2000
Stormy Night: Picture Books for Children, Ontological Enquiry, May/June,
A Catalfalque for Edward Gorey, September/October, 2000
Future Classics: Tuck Everlasting, p.720, November/December, 2000
The Unravelling of DNA: Douglas Adams, 1952-2001, September/October,
News From the North: The Widow Kealey’s Stew: A Look at the Novels of
       Brian Doyle, March/April 2002
The Writer’s Page: Where Ideas Really Come From, September/October, 2002
News from the North: O Canhahada, May/June, 2003
Tigers and Poodles and Birds, Oh My!, May/June, 2004
Charlotte’s Website,* March/April, 2005
Cadenza: Finnegan’s Sleepover,* July/August 2005
How to Put Words into a Child’s Mouth, May/June 2006
Tink and Wittgenstein: or, the Correspondence Between Things,
       November/December 2008

*One-page humorous pieces.


There's an interview of me with Rachel Wadham on “Worlds Awaiting” (BYU Radio’s Children’s Lit Show), this Saturday, May 7, at 1:30pm Eastern. You can hear it on BYU Radio at SiriusXM Channel 143, on the tunein app, and at
You can listen to the audio of the interview on the BYU website at 2pm EST after the show airs: CLICK HERE

The new portrait on my home page is by Mark Raynes Roberts. It will appear in an exhibition called Illumination: Portraits of Canadian Literature and Authors that will be on display at the Toronto Reference Library, October 11 -- November 1, 2015.

On the Road Again

I have some dates set for the fall but there will be more to come, soon.

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