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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Newfoundland-based author, Charis Cotter is launching two books this fall: “Footsteps in Bay de Verde—A Mysterious Tale” and “Screeched—Ghost Stories from Old Newfoundland”.

Charis joins us on the Canadian Launch Pod today to talk about the…

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Joining us on the Canadian Launch Pod today is Jacqueline Carmichael, author of “Heard Amid the Guns: True Stories from the Western Front, 1914-1918” (Heritage House, November 2020).

Jacqueline is joined by step-daughter Lindsey Carmichael, author of…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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“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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Stephen Hurley
Chief Catalyst, voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer.

He has a strong relationship with the EdCan Network (formerly the Canadian Education Association), an organization that inspired the launch and evolution of voicEd Radio Canada.

Hurley believes that stronger connections between education research, practice and policy are essential to the type of change that will be necessary in Canada's public education systems moving forward.