Julie Barlow

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Julie Barlow

Julie Barlow is a Canadian journalist, author and conference speaker who writes and publishes both in English and French. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, she has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers including USA Today, L’actualité, The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor.[1]

Based in Montreal, Barlow has written four books, three of which were co-authored with her husband Jean-Benoît Nadeau. Her books mainly focus on language and culture.[1] Barlow lives in Montreal with her husband, and their twin daughters.[1]


Julie Barlow received a bachelor’s degree from McGill University where she majored in Political Science. She received a master's degree in English Literature from Concordia University.[1]

After living in Paris, France from 1999 to 2001, she co-wrote Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong (2003) with her husband Jean-Benoit Nadeau, a book that examined French people from France and their culture. The book was translated into French, Dutch and Mandarin.[2]

In 2006, Barlow co-wrote The Story of French with Nadeau, a biography of the origins of the French language.[3]

Barlow was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the North American Center for Transborder Studies in Phoenix, Arizona, in spring 2010 where her studies focused on relations between Mexico and the United States and the role of Spanish in the U.S.[4] She currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Washington based Institute for Current World Affairs.[5]

Barlow's next book, The Story of Spanish, also co-authored with Nadeau, is a history of the Spanish language and is set to be released in April 2013 by St. Martin’s Press.[6][dated info]


  • 2011 L’Académie des Science d’Outre-Mer (The Academy of Overseas Sciences) Prix de la Renaissance Française (French Renaissance Award)[7]
  • 2007 Quebec Writer’s Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction[8]


  • The Story of Spanish (with Jean-Benoît Nadeau) (2013)
  • The Story of French (with Jean-Benoît Nadeau) (2006)
  • Montréal & Québec City for Dummies (with Austin Macdonald) (2006)
  • Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong (with Jean-Benoît Nadeau) (2003)


  1. ^ a b c d "Julie Barlow Bio". Nadeau & Barlow. Retrieved 30 October 2012. [non-primary source needed]
  2. ^ "Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong". Nadeau & Barlow. Retrieved 1 November 2012. [non-primary source needed]
  3. ^ "The Story of French". Nadeau & Barlow. Retrieved 1 November 2012. [non-primary source needed]
  4. ^ "Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Scholar". The North American Center for Transborder Studies. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Trustees". Institute of Current World Affairs. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Story of Spanish". Nadeau & Barlow. Retrieved 1 November 2012. [non-primary source needed]
  7. ^ "Lauréats des prix 2011". Académie des sciences d'outre-mer. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "The QWF Literary Awards". Quebec Writers' Federation. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 

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