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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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…