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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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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