Julie Rubini

Julie Rubini

Julie K. Rubini is a children’s book author and founder of Claire’s Day, Ohio’s largest children’s book festival. She is the recipient of a Toledo Area Jefferson Award, YWCA Milestones Award and University of Toledo Distinguished Alumni award. Julie’s first book, Hidden Ohio, was featured as the Ohio Arts Council Governor’s Awards book. Her debut middle-grade biography, Missing Millie Benson: The Secret Case of the Nancy Drew Ghostwriter and Journalist was the first biography of this amazing woman and received great reviews. Julie’s most recent, Virginia Hamilton: America’s Storyteller, received a Starred review from Kirkus, and is listed in the Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2018 edition.


The Tale of Three Writers: Millie, Virginia and Christine

Mildred “Millie” Wirt Benson was the original ghostwriter of the Nancy Drew series. Virginia Hamilton was the most honored author of children’s literature, ever. Christine Brennan is the USA Today sports columnist, television commentator, author, and speaker. Discover what all three have in common, their inspirations and the story behind sharing their life journeys.

Missing Millie Benson

Discover the mysteries behind Mildred “Millie” Wirt Benson, the original ghostwriter of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. Learn about Millie’s early and college years, and how her life intersected with that of Edward Stratemeyer, the creator of the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and Bobbsey Twins series. Julie pulls back the curtain to reveal the story behind the popular stories, and the woman who first wrote them.

Before Her Time: The life of Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton was born and raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Discover how this young African American writer became one of the most celebrated authors of children’s literature.

Moving Forward Gracefully

Julie shares the tragic loss of her ten-year-old daughter, Claire and moving forward joyfully in her grief journey. Discover one mother’s path in honoring her daughter gone too soon and validating the relationships with her amazing husband and two children. Be prepared to laugh and cry! Tissues provided.


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