When other kids asked for bikes and Atari video games for birthdays, she pled for book store gift certificates. She always knew that she would make a living out of literature, but initially thought that this would result in a writing career. The reality and isolation of the writer’s life soon set in and made her want to crawl the walls. Later the opportunity presented itself to do what she really wanted to do–lead and participate in discussions about great books– and she leapt at the chance. Very quickly, Julie established herself as one of the leading book group facilitators in Los Angeles. Her groups are intellectually interesting, dynamic and fun. She is known for building relationships with readers and the authors that they love and frequently brings in authors to speak to her groups.
Julie attended Duke University for undergraduate studies, and Columbia University for graduate school. She has taught English at Beverly Hills High School since 1993 and has been moderating book groups since 1996. She has been a fellow for the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as a fellow for the US State Department Teacher for Global Classrooms program.