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Julie Lawson (born November 9, 1947 in Victoria, British Columbia) is the author of the Dear Canada books, A Ribbon of Shining Steel, No Safe Harbour, and Where the River Takes Me. She has also contributed to A Season for Miracles and A Christmas to Remember.


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Lawson was born in Victoria, British Columbia and was encouraged as a child to become a writer. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a teaching certificate and a Bachelor of Arts in French and English. After teaching in France and travelling in Europe for a year, she returned to Canada to teach elementary school and became involved with numerous community activities.

When Lawson turned forty, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. After taking sixth months off teaching, she wrote her first story, and went to China. The trip inspired her to write White Jade Tiger, which became Lawson's first novel. She eventually stopped teaching to write full time. Lawson currently resides in Victoria.


Dear Canada[]

Selected works[]

  • The Sand Sifter (1990)
  • My Grandfather Loved the Stars (1992)
  • White Jade Tiger (1993)
  • The Dragon's Pearl (1995)
  • Too Many Suns (1996)
  • Emma and the Silk Train (1997)
  • A Blinding Light (2017)
  • Our Canadian Girl: Emily books
    • Across the James Bay Bridge (2001)
    • Disaster at the Bridge (2002)
    • Building Bridges (2003)
    • Summer of Gold (2004)

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