Canadian Launch Pod
Celebrating New Books for Young Readers
Releasing a new book is an exciting time, but what happens when your scheduled release is hampered by a global pandemic. Well, for many Canadian authors, they launch anyways! The Canadian Launch Pod is a podcast created to support Canadian authors releasing books for children and young adults during the COVID-19 crisis. We'll speak to authors who may be familiar to you, and authors who may be new to your library. Join us as we explore the expanding universe of Canadian literature for young (and not-so-young) readers!
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Toronto-based author Deborah Kerbel writes for all ages: children, middle grade and young adult. She has two books coming out this fall and we met up to talk about Slow Moe, a picture book being released on October 13.

Learn more about Deborah’s…

Marsha Skrypuch writes about war from a young person’s view. Her latest book, Trapped in Hitler’s Web, takes the reader on a journey from the Ukraine to Austria in an effort to escape the dangers of World War II and to secure the safety of her dear…

Author Kate Riley and Dawn Lo have collaborated to create a beautiful story of how a snowy day can be inherently beautiful and wondrous, but how it can also be something that gathers people together in a share experience.

“It’s October, but in seven-year-old Evan’s town, every house is decorated for Christmas and a giant holiday parade is about to begin. The bump in Evan’s head means he might not make it to December, so all his friends, family, neighbours, and…

The Desert Prince was released to the world in September 2020 and it is Alisha Sevigny’s second offering in the Secrets of the Sands series. In this conversation, we talk about giving birth to a book during a global pandemic, what has drawn Alisha to…

Canadian author, R. J. Anderson writes fantasy and science fiction for older children and young teens. Her latest North American release is Swift, the first in the Flight and Fame Trilogy. It’s a story of hope and aspiration, overcoming obstacles…

Joining us today on the Launch Pod, its Caroline Adderson with her new book, “It Happened on Sweet Street”, a delightful book inspired by the burning question, “Pie, Cake or Cookies?” No matter what you dessert preference is, you’ll delight in the…

Author Michelle Aung Thin was born in Burma at a time of great unrest in the country. Her parents brought her to Ottawa where she grew up. She now lives in Australia and through her work at RMIT University in Melboure, explores many critical aspects…

A rare treat today as we are joined by both author and illustrator. The Librarians Stories is written by Canadian author, Lucy Falcone and illustrated by UK-based graphic designer, Anna Wilson.

Their picture book, tells the story of how a…

Toronto-based author Kathy Kacer has a new book! Louder than Words, is the latest in the Heroes Quartet Series and features the love and courage of Nina Pukas, who put aside her fear to help a single Jewish family in a World War II Ukraine.

In this…

Toronto-based journalist and YA author, Erin Silver is my guest today on the Canadian Launch Pod. Erin’s first novel, Just Watch Me, is due to be released in October 2020. It’s a fun and rollicking journey through early adolescent relationships,…

Canadian author Brooke Carter’s newest book Stone of Sorrow takes us into the magical world of Norse Mythology, magic and runecasting. This is Brooke’s seventh book. We’re going to find out about her connections with the land of Vikings and Valkeries…

Joining me today on the Canadian Launch Pod, Nova Scotia silk painting artist, Holly Carr. Her latest work, Light in the Forest, originally created for the Acadia University Art Gallery, is an example of Holly’s multimedia performance art and guess…

Tanaz Bhathena is a highly acclaimed YA author whose third book, Hunted by the Sky, was released last month ((The Wrath of Ambar #1)) With a setting inspired by medieval India, the novel is a magic-infused and rather compelling exploration into…

Today on the Launch Pod, we head out to Qualicum Beach, British Columbia to catch up with acclaimed journalist and author, Laura Langston. She’s the author of 22 books for children and young people, and her latest offering, No Right Thing was released…

Colleen Nelson is a Winnipeg-based author and educator whose 9th book, Harvey Holds His Own is due to be released in August 2020. The book is the much-anticipated sequel for those that loved Colleen’s first book in the series, Harvey Comes Home. For…

Wesley King is the author of 11 novels for young people, many of which are sci-fi and fantasy fiction that endows his characters with superpowers. His latest book, Sara and the Search for Normal is a prequel to his successful and much loved, OCDaniel,…

Waiting for us on the Launch Pod today, author June Hur. June was born in South Korea, moved to Canada as a young girl but she uses her debut novel, The Silence of Bones, to return to the home of her birth to explore its history, its mystery, its…