I Value Canadian Stories—The Podcast
You've read their books. Now Listen to their voices.
Season One of a new series highlighting the work, the creative habits and unique perspectives of Canadian children and young adult authors. Listen in as 15 unique writers talk about what sparks their imaginations, tips for young authors and their take on the Canadian narrative.
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Debbie Ridpath Ohi is an author and an illustrator who, among others, has worked with Judy Blume and Michael Ian Black. Debbie’s vibrant and generous personality shine forth in what she offers the public, and in what she offers in this conversation….

Kevin Sylvester is a Canadian author, illustrator and broadcaster. In this conversation, we set out to explore all three. We’ll allow you to be the judge of how well we did or how far we got.

A delightful discussion of live radio, treehouses,…

Arthur Slade was born in Moose Jaw and raised on a ranch in Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan. With two miles between neighbours and even more into the nearest town, Arthur talks about how the vast space he was afforded impacted his imagination an his…

So, are you one of those readers that likes to be frightened or even scared out of you boots? Whether it’s sitting around a campfire at night or hiding under the covers with a flashlight at night, Canadian author Joel A. Sutherland is the writer for…

Award-winning Canadian author, Kenneth Oppel joins us today to speak about his current work, his life as a writer and his perspective on the importance of Canadian stories.

Kenneth Oppel is the author of The Airborn Trilogy, The Silverwing Series…

Today on the podcast, I’m happy to welcome highly acclaimed writer, story lover and story teller S. K. Ali. Many listeners will know Sajidah for “Saints and Misfits”, but we were thrilled to find out that, pandemic lock downs notwithstanding, her…

Tim Wynne-Jones writes a lot, and does so across a number of categories: picture books, novels for children, young adults and adults. He’s written for CBC’s Fraggle Rock and has even penned a children’s musical and the libretto for an opera.

But as…

Tom Ryan is a highly acclaimed author for young readers. Three of his young adult novels, Way to Go, Tag Along, and Keep This to Yourself, were chosen for the ALA Rainbow List, in 2013, 2014 and 2020.

In this conversation, we talk about the…

Darren Groth is an award-winning YA author, born in Australia and currently living in Vancouver. His novels include include ‘Kindling’ and the acclaimed YA works, ‘Are You Seeing Me?’ and ‘Munro vs. the Coyote’.

In this conversation, we discuss the…

Jennifer Dance is an award-winning author and playwright whose passion for and commitment to social justice and equity is inscribed into her work.

The three books of her White Feather Collection – RED WOLF, PAINT and HAWK address the issue of…

Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the UK, raised in Switzerland and now resides in Ontario. She is an adult fiction novelist and writer of short stories, with her latest book, Sister Dear, due out at the end of May 2020.

Learn more about Hannah Mary…

Lee Kvern is an award-winning author of short stories and novels. In this conversation, we talk about the unique structure of the short story, Lee’s habits as a writer and some reflections on the importance of Canadian stories.

You can follow Lee on…

Canadian author, Heather Smith lives in Waterloo, Ontario but a special part of her still lives in Newfoundland. We talk about the impact of Newfoundland hospitality on her world-view, the question of trigger warnings and the value of Canadian…

Paul Covello is an author, illustrator and designer best known for his collection of board books dedicated to things Canadian: “I Am a Beaver”, “I Am a Polar Bear” and “Canada ABC”. In this conversation, we discuss his writing, his illustration work…

Canadian children and teen author, Robin Stevenson has over 25 books to her name, including Pride Colours, Ghost’s Journey – A Refugee Story and Pride: The Celebration and the Struggle. In this conversation, we talk about Robin’s diverse body of…

Shane Peacock is an author, playwright, journalist, and screenwriter. His writing takes us into unfamiliar worlds, stories and even parts of ourselves that we didn’t know about. In this conversation we talk about Shane’s approach to writing, some of…

Lana Button is a children’s author and an early childhood educator. This powerful combination of perspective allows her to notice and shine a light on the things in the life of a child that may seem small to big people, but so big to small people!

A…

Today on the podcast, we head to Victoria, British Columbia to meet up with award-winning chlidren’s author, Monique Gray Smith. Monique’s titles include Lilly, a Story of Hope and Resilience ( Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature,…

Today on the podcast, its Quebec-based teacher, journalist and author, Monique Polak. Mnique is the author of 25 books and you won’t need to listen long to understand how that has happened. She’s got energy, she’s got imagination and she is here to…

Susin Nielsen is an award-winning YA author who began her writing life on the set of Degrassi Junior High. Although she still finds herself writing for the world of TV, she has become a favourite of the adolescents and young adults with books like,…

If your children have ever complained about a cow in their bed, or a goldfish in their shoe, chances are they know the work of today’s guest, Valerie Sherrard. Valerie has written a number of award-winning books for young readers, including Tumbleweed…

Canadian author, Ishta Mercurio, has been an an environmental activist, a barista, a behavior therapist, an actor, and an author. We talk about how some of those roles come together and how that experience has impacted her writing and her view of the…

Today we head to Toronto to visit with Melanie Florence, a YA author who is, herself, steeped in both Cree and Scottish heritage. In much of her work, Melanie that has shone a light into some of the shadow side of indigenous stories, drawing…

Today on the podcast, it’s Canadian author (by way of New Zealand) Nicola Winstanley. Nicola’s belief in the comforting power of story has led to among other books The Pirate’s Bed, A Bedtime Yarn and my favourite, How To Give Your Cat A Bath, Nicola…

A delightful interview with dreamer, dabbler and determined author, Jennifer Maruno. Listen as Jennifer talks about her path into writing, some tips for young authors, the importance of Canadian stories and even a reading from her newest book, Until…

if you visit the twitter profile of today’s guest you’ll notice the flags of 3 countries Australia, Indonesia and Canada. Michelle Kadarusman has lived in all three countries and we’ll explore a little of what that means in her life and in her…

Today on the podcast, Canadian science writer and storyteller, Lindsey Carmichael. This conversation was broadcast live on the day that Lindsey’s newest book, The Boreal Forest, was released.

We talk about non-fiction narratives, science writing for…

Today on the podcast, Manitoba-based author David A. Robertson. We talk about the perspective that his Indigenous Cree heritage affords him, his discovery of that heritage and his take on a Canadian narrative. Some great tips for young writers and an…

On the podcast today, it’s YA author and Canadian War Artist, Sharon McKay. Sharon’s draws many of her stories from places of war and conflict and, by using history as a character instead of a backdrop, she is able to bring her reader into that…

Today on I Value Canadian stories, its award-winning author, Sylvia McNicoll. Not only has Sylvia enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a much-loved writer for children and young adults, but she continues to act as a mentor for aspiring writers and…

Vancouver-based author Mahtab Narsimhan is an IT professional by day and a writer…well…by early day, Mahtab has a fascinating origin story about her entry onto Canada’s writing landscape and brings us some great tips about writing, reading and the…

Jacqueline writes for a variety of young readers but as you’ll hear in this conversation, she is passionate about bringing a sense of story to Canada’s history in a way that draws on her Metis heritage and her dogged commitment to continuing weaving a…

Award-winning Canadian author, Natasha Deen brings a unique combination of mystery, action and even creepy to her stories for children and young adults. As you’ll hear in our conversation, Natasha’s firm belief that stories can change the world is not…

Marty Chan has been working as an Award-winning author, playwright, and, self-identified professional liar and 1988.  His ability to bring, humour, wit and adventure to the page, and the stage, has made him a favourite with students, teachers and…

Canadian author, screenwriter and actor, Anita Daher, is joined by Manitoba-based educator Tanya Polasek in this vibrant conversation about the connective power of reading and writing. It’s Day 2 of our 15-day journey with some of Canada’s most…

Eric Walters is, arguably, one of the most prolific Canadian Middle School/YA authors. From “90 Days of Different” to his current project, “Crime Writer”, Eric has delighted young readers all over the world for many years.

In this conversation, Lisa…