About Anne


I was born and raised in Don Mills, Ontario. At seventeen, longing for adventure, I visited Scotland, then spent two months on kibbutz in Israel. In 1973 I quit university to go back and study Hebrew and work in a dairy barn. I stayed through the Yom Kippur war and the following year moved to California with an American I met on kibbutz. We married and worked in Los Angeles until I realized my roots were firmly back in Canada. I came home to get an education so I could work with children.

During this decade the congenital dysplasia in my right hip became progressively worse. My hip needed major reconstruction.  It would take a year to recover from the surgery and learn to walk again; this experience would later fuel my writing of In the Clear.

With a Master’s Degree in Education, I taught in Cree communities of northern Quebec. Then I taught ESL students back in Toronto. Immigrants shared stories of homes left tragically behind and the challenges of building a new one. I began to see my country from viewpoints vastly different than my own.
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I never dreamed of becoming a writer until I became a mother. It was fantastic to enter story-world with my four small children. I, too, fell under the spell. Could I craft a good story? I began to try. That was nineteen years ago in the Italy.

My interest in communities outside mainstream culture takes me, thankfully, to amazing out-of-the-way places, from a Jean Vanier home in France, to isolated Cree villages in Quebec or Acadians in Nova Scotia and Louisiana. I’ve taught creative writing in Ramallah and all across Canada, from Riverport Nova Scotia to the Haida Gwaii. There’s nothing like hearing a good story in a beautiful new setting.


Favorite Songs:

  1. 1.Black Bird

  2. 2.Three Rounds and a Song

3. Chasing Cars

Recent Photos




Berlin Checkpoint Charlie

On Safari in Tanzania

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Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.”
                                                               Barbara Kingsolver

Anne in Jerusalem, 2009.