Great book groups deserve a great book group leader

About Julie

Always reading.


When other kids asked for bikes and Atari video games for birthdays, Julie begged 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 jumped at the chance.  

A leader of readers


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 long term relationships with authors and the readers with whom she works. 

 Julie frequently brings in authors to speak to her groups and has worked with current bestselling authors from Min Jin Lee, Lisa See, Kristin Hannah, Susan Orlean , Amor Towles and many, many more. 

Education and Honors


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.   

A fellow for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Julie is also a fellow for the US State Department Teacher for Global Classrooms program.  

She designed and  spearheads the common book program called The Hero Project for Beverly Hills Unified School District and regularly shares her expertise on the program with other secondary schools.