Well, finally it’s B-day!

My new book, Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection, is officially out tomorrow, across Canada. US distribution follows later in the fall.

The week’s been busy promoting it. I was interviewed coast-to-coast on CBC radio, and in Toronto, my hometown, on Metro Morning. I was on CP24 television yesterday with the irrepressible Stephen LeDrew who called Ballerina, “a racy read!” (I told him the sex in the subtitle is all true.)

In a few minutes, I will be interviewed by Vancouver’s Joseph Planta for his West Coast radio show, The Commentary.

Later this afternoon, I will meet up with David Churchill to do a Q an A about the book for www.criticsatlarge. ca.

Look for it next week, Oct. 2 and 3rd, along with a chapter excerpt.

Meanwhile, Dance Connection has generously supported the book, excerpting almost all of Chapter 6, about health issues affecting ballerinas today, and are giving my book away as part of a contest.

My good friends at Faulhaber Public Relations have also honoured me by writing about the book in their own blog:

It’s all so exciting, and I am truly grateful for all the support. I’ve posted a link to the Macleans review in the margins.

Susan Noakes of the CBC wrote a wonderfully insightful piece about the book earlier this week, and I’d like to share it with you.

I am gratified that I appear to be making people rethink the role of ballerina in our time.

Keep on dancing!



Ballerina is on the move! My new book on the backstage life of the world’s most iconic dancer is out in Canada on September 29, with US distribution following a few weeks later. The weekend of the book’s launch. I will be signing copies at Teatro Verde in Toronto (98 Yorkville Ave.) from 2 until 3 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. The official launch party will be on the evening of October 2, so stay tuned for updates and photos of Ballerina’s big night out. There’s already strong media interest in the book: McLean’s, Canada’s news magazine, has just written a review (I haven’t read it yet for nerves, but have been told it’s a good one), and CBC radio will be doing coast-to-coast interviews with me, starting next week. I am so excited! And also thrilled that ballerinas are captivating so many people’s attention. I worried while writing it that few would share my passion for these incredible women in pointe shoes. But it seems I miscalculated.  Dance Gazette in London is also writing about Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection in its upcoming issue, and Flare, Canada’s fashion magazine, has said it is profiling the book and me for the November issue. Look for write-ups also in Hello! and in Elle I hope many of you will also find room on your dance card for Ballerina, a backstage history that lifts the veil on the earthy reality behind the ethereality — as juicy as it sounds!