Novelist, grant writer, educator, love letterer
A girl shares her love for her neighborhood, and finds that love multiplies, in this child-friendly story that encourages mindfulness and gratitude.
Alice loves her street. She loves its tall maple trees and marigolds and its apartment buildings with their colorful balconies. But not everyone feels the same. “Grumble, grumble, more construction, grumble, late, grumble,” she overhears. So Alice decides to write her street a love letter, which she leaves for someone to find.
Through the seasons, as Alice encounters people grumbling about other things, she writes those things love letters, too, and leaves them to be found. She writes to her local park, a maple tree and even the snow. Then, one day, when Alice finds herself grumbling, she discovers a letter someone else has written to the spring crocuses. And Alice feels the joy she has been spreading to others come back to her!
Lindsay Zier-Vogel has created a delightful, uplifting story that celebrates how small acts by a single person can make a difference in a community. It inspires readers to pay attention and appreciate what they encounter every day.
Dear Street is a Junior Library Guild pick and a 2024 Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award nominee.
School/community author visits:
Lindsay is available for school and community visits, in-person in Toronto, and virtually for schools and community groups outside of the GTA. Please contact her at: [email protected]
Note: Lindsay uses The Writers’ Union of Canada’s fee structure for her school visits.
Letters to Amelia: A Novel
Grace Porter is reeling from grief after her partner of seven years unexpectedly leaves. Amidst her heartache, the 30-year-old library tech is tasked with reading newly discovered letters that Amelia Earhart wrote to her lover, Gene Vidal. She becomes captivated by the famous pilot who disappeared in 1937. Letter by letter, she understands more about the aviation hero while piecing her own life back together.
When Grace discovers she is pregnant, her life becomes more intertwined with the mysterious pilot and Grace begins to write her own letters to Amelia. While navigating her third trimester, amidst new conspiracy theories about Amelia's disappearance, the search for her remains, and the impending publication of her private letters, Grace goes on a pilgrimage of her own.
Letters to Amelia is a stunning, contemporary epistolary novel from the creator of the internationally acclaimed Love Lettering Project. It underscores the power of reading and writing letters for both connection and self-discovery, and celebrates the unwritten, undocumented parts of our lives.
Above all, Letters to Amelia is a story of the essential need for connection-and our universal ability to find hope in the face of fear.
- "Zier-Vogel’s imagined lovers’ correspondence connects the real Earhart not only to a broken-hearted library tech but also to us and our landscape, bringing to life this singular woman’s brave, soaring spirit." — The Toronto Star
- "The surprise debut novel of the year." — NOW magazine
Pub date: Sept. 7, 2021
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Lindsay Zier-Vogel is a Toronto-based author, educator, grant writer, and the creator of the internationally-acclaimed Love Lettering Project. She is the author of the acclaimed debut novel, Letters to Amelia, and Dear Street, which was chosen as a Junior Library Guild book and is nominated for a 2024 Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award. Her work has been published widely in Canada and the UK. After studying contemporary dance, she received her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Since 2001, she has been teaching creative writing workshops in schools and communities. Her hand-bound books are housed in the permanent collection at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto. As the creator of the Love Lettering Project, Lindsay has asked people all over the world to write love letters to their communities and hide them for strangers to find, spreading place-based love. Because of The Love Lettering Project, CBC Radio has deemed Lindsay a "national treasure."