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Julie Johnston

Julie Johnston was born in Smith Falls, Ontario. She graduated from the Universtiy of Toronto in 1963 in Physical and Occupational Therapy, and in 1984, from Trent University in Honours English. She began writing seriously in 1978 beginning with short stories, humour, feature articles and one-act plays produced for the Sears Drama Festival. Her first YA novel was published in 1992, and her second, in 1994. Both won Governal Generals Awards and her next two were short-listed for the same award. She wrote a screenplay based on her first novel for Roy Krost Productions in 1993. She has edited a book for young adults and published four more YA novels and a novel for adultrs. Currently, she is working on another YA novel. Johnston lives in Peterborough and spends summers on Big Rideau Lake. She is married and has four  grown daughters.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada


Adam and Eve and Pinch-me. Toronto: Lester Publishing, 1994.
"The Interiors of Pots". Matrix Magazine, PQ, 1992.
Hero of Lesser Causes. Toronto: Lester Publishing, 1992.
"Mirrors". Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown Press, 1992.


Ruth Schwartz Young Adult Book Award, 1995.
Canadian Library Association YA Book Award.
Governor General's Award for Adam and Eve and Pinch-me, 1994.
Joan Fassler Memorial Book Award, 1993.
IODE National Book Award, 1993.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Length:
60 min.
YA fiction, Adult fiction
Audience size:
about 60
Northern OAC WITS:
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GST not applicable