Posts Tagged With: African-Canadian Author

Get 30% Off How To Talk To Crazy People + How To Write Creative Non-fiction + MORE

Categories: Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Dirk McLean is the Author of the Outstanding New Children's Book, Curtain's Up - Photo Courtesy of

Dirk McLean - October 7, 2010

Dirk McLean 416-494-9820

CURTAIN UP! A BOOK FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS, a children’s picture book by DIRK McLEAN with colourful illustrations by FRANCE BRASSARD has been published by Tundra Books in Toronto & Tundra Books of Northern New York.

Written by an author with extensive firsthand theater experience, Curtain Up! is a
must-have resource for young performers.

In Curtain Up!, a fiction picture book, Amaya has been chosen for the lead role in what will be her first professional play. Although she has acted before, she’s about to learn how much team effort and hard work is involved in putting on a show. Through Amaya’s journey, readers will experience the audition process, the many rehearsals, the costume fittings, the memory work, and the thrill of performance.

Dirk McLean, writer-actor, was born in Trinidad & Tobago. His autobiographical radio drama, The House on Hermitage Road, was produced by the CBC and subsequently published. McLean’s previous children’s books have garnered starred critical reviews: Steel Drums and Ice Skates (Groundwood Books) and Play Mas’! A Carnival ABC (Tundra Books), with promotions at Book Expo America, American Library Association, Book Expo Canada, Bookstores, and Libraries. McLean’s writing also extends to plays, screenplays, and memoir ghostwriting. He lives in Toronto.

France Brassard, the illustrator, has been fascinated by illustration since she received a tiny picture book in a Christmas stocking when she was a child. After studying both interior and graphic design, she became an illustrator in the 1990s. Brassard now has several books to her credit including Lily and the Mixed-Up Letters by Deborah Hodge and If I Had a Dog by Carolyn Jackson. She lives in Quebec.

“…the illustrator (Brassard) gives Amaya, who looks biracial, distinctive features and an appropriately big personality. McLean, an experienced actor, does tuck a case of stage fright and a few tricks for memorizing lines and the like into his brief, upbeat narrative.”
Kirkus Reviews, August 2010

Copies of Curtain Up! are available in your local bookstores from September 14.

Can. $19.99 / U.S. $17.95 Hardcover with Poster Jacket 40 pages
Ages: 6-8 Full-colour ISBN: 978-0-88776-899-6
Canadian Distributor: Random House of Canada 1-888-523-9292


Categories: Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Sports, Writing (all kinds) | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Create a website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: