I started this blog three years ago because someone told me I should have a blog. I wasn’t very dedicated about maintaining it, however, and I made only sporadic entries.

That changed in early August 2012. Two things happened that contributed to my renewed interest in blogging. One was that my family and I were taking a three-week trip to England and France, and friends asked me to keep them posted on our adventures. The other is that after many years of reviewing books for  my local paper, the Edmonton Journal in Edmonton, Alberta, I learned that my workload was going to diminish considerably. I’ve been reviewing books regularly since 1992, starting with Publishers Weekly and then People Magazine, with a couple of assignments in between for the New York Times and Newsday. But the book world has changed significantly in the past two decades and everyone involved has been affected. Review pages are shrinking, and that means there are fewer outlets for reviewers. I no longer review for PW or People, and I’m not sure what kind of books I’ll be able to read for the Journal from now on. Within the next few months this blog will become a book review site. For now, though, it’s all about my family’s travels (and travails) in Europe.

As for info about me, I’ll update that a little later, but for now, here’s the original bio from this blog:
Debby Waldman’s first picture book, A Sack Full of Feathers, was published by Orca in 2006. She is also the author of WOW: World’s Outstanding Women Athletes (Sports Illustrated for Kids Books, 1998). Her picture book, Clever Rachel (Orca), was published in the fall of 2009. A third picture book, Room Enough For Daisy, written with fellow Edmonton writer Rita Feutl, came out in the fall of 2011, as did a middle-grade chapter book, Addy’s Race, both from Orca.

A journalist, book reviewer, and humorist, Debby calls herself a jack-of-all trades writer. Her articles and reviews have appeared in a variety of publications including People, Parents, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Publishers Weekly, American Baby, Chatelaine, and The Washington Post.

Debby is married and has a daughter and a son. Her daughter, who is hard-of-hearing, inspired her to co-write Your Child’s Hearing Loss: What Parents Need to Know (Perigee, 2005) with audiology professor Dr. Jackson Roush. An updated version, Your Child’s Hearing Loss: A Guide for Parents, was published in November 2009.

Debby was born and raised in Utica, NY, and has lived in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, since 1992. She has a journalism degree from Syracuse University and an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University. She has taught journalism, composition, creative writing, and magazine writing at Cornell University, Ithaca College, St. Lawrence University, and Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. She has taught Judaism, ethics, and music at her synagogue’s Hebrew school. She was the writer-in-residence at Grant MacEwan in Edmonton in the fall of 2009.

When not working on one of her many writing projects, Debby enjoys reading, cycling, baking, attempting to make nutritionally balanced meals for her family, and ferrying her children to music lessons and sports activities.


One Response

  1. Love reading your posts, also your books.

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