I was born in Chicago, Illinois into
a large Irish-Catholic family and moved to Canada more than three decades ago. I've
become a Canadian citizen but retain my American citizenship as well. Since graduating
with a B.A. from the University of Toronto, I've spent most of my adult life making
my living as a writer.
I make my home on Toronto Island with my partner Alec and our two daughters. The
Island is a vibrant and unique place -- a (mostly) car-free community a 10-minute
ferry ride from downtown Toronto. I could tell you all the wonderful things about
it, but the best thing is to visit it yourself, either in person or online at www.torontoisland.org.
Besides my books and plays,
I've written articles and opinion pieces for major publications, including The
Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Chatelaine, Maclean's, and
Utne Reader. I'm a frequent contributor to media outlets like CBC Radio and
the national morning TV show Canada AM. I've also been a speaker and workshop leader
at numerous conferences, including the Association for Media Literacy, Summit 2000
conference on Youth and the Media in Toronto, and the 1998 World Summit on Television
for Children in London, England.
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