They Like Me, They Really Like Me.

The Crowds Go Wild in Ottawa for Canada Day (once they discover D.K. is in the House)

Canada Day has showered me with fireworks: I just found out that I have won the Ottawa Travel Tourism Award 2011 for my article in Canadian Geographic Travel magazine detailing my trip to the nation’s capital to celebrate our national holiday, my kids in tow. It was a two-part piece, one written by a Canadian (that would be me) , the other by an American, in this case veteran travel writer Bruce Stutz who also won for his contribution. I had no idea the series was even submitted! Thank-you editor Dan Rubinstein! Here’s the  piece below. Wave a flag.



Luck of the Irish

I’m no Aisling Holly, the Irish step dancer who claims to0 be the fastest dancer alive — 40 clicks a second — far from it. I jig and hop only when mad. But because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, I thought to celebrate that weird and wonderful thing known as Irish step dance — devilishly quick fast below the waist, somber and still above — which I saw last weekend at the Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts. Slainte!

New Book for the Fall

What Goes on Behind the Scenes New Book for Greystone by Deirdre Kelly

New Book for Greystone by Deirdre Kelly  Greystone Books is pleased to announce that they have acquired North American, English language rights to Ballerina, by Deirdre Kelly, via Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists.

This history of the ballerina will take an honest look at the grueling challenges of the profession while it also celebrates the art form and the ballerina’s embodiment of grace under pressure. Ballerina is scheduled to publish in the fall of 2012.

Deirdre Kelly is also the author of Paris Times Eight: Finding Myself in the City of Dreams, which was published by Greystone Books in 2009.