Inspiring Girls – Visiting Saint Mildred’s Lightbourn School

For a long time I’ve wanted to visit Saint Mildred’s Lightbourn School.  Sometimes in co-ed schools I feel like I’ve let the boys down because I’ve written female protagonist stories.  Teachers have said to me “Girls read anything, but boys won’t read anything with a girl main character.”  I don’t believe every piece of fiction should be tailored to try to get boys to read. That kind of marginalizes girls. Allow male readers the pleasure of nonfiction if they don’t enjoy following a narrative. Invite male authors in one year, and female the next to get a balance. 
  In any case, finally yesterday I had the opportunity to visit. It was a wonderful afternoon with some two hundred young readers and potential writers.  The girls asked some great questions, too.  I hope to visit them again.

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500 Show for Burlington Public Library/ Sally Armstrong Event

Thank you Burlington Public Library for hosting, not only another successful literary event: Sally Armstrong’s The Nine Lives of Charlotte Tayler evening, but for all the great programs and support you give writers as well as readers. I heard BPL’s Andrea Gordon say over 500 tickets were issued and the One Book, One Burlington celebratory night needed to move locations from a fairly large venue at Central’s auditorium to Port Nelson United Church where the beautiful stained glass windows and subdued lighting created a wonderful atmosphere for Sally’s inspiring talk. Sally spoke about the connections between history and identity and the power of women’s stories. Women can create peace. Several audience members identified themselves as Charlotte’s descendants and Sally said when she approached her computer each morning to write her story, it was as if Charlotte were waiting. After watching her sign books to her audience, I

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said goodbye and Congratulations, Charlotte. Thanks again Burlington Public Library for supplying me with wonderful opportunities that have launched my career as a writer, saved my sanity as a parent, enriched my children as readers and entertained and enlightened my whole family.

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