Karen Autio

Children’s Author | Editor | Presenter


COMING October 15, 2018
GROWING UP IN WILD HORSE CANYON explores Okanagan history by focusing on Wild Horse Canyon in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park (south of Kelowna, BC) and its vicinity. This narrative nonfiction picture book, with text by Karen Autio and illustrated by Loraine Kemp, includes natural and social history. A young Syilx/Okanagan man on a quest … horses wild and tamed … fur brigades with their French-Canadian and Okanagan wranglers … secret Second World War commando training: all are linked to the canyon and area. Written and designed for young readers and for adults with reading challenges, this history of place will be of interest far beyond the Okanagan Valley. Order from Crwth Press
May 26, 2018
KAH-LAN THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER was the featured book at BOOK BLASTERS, the parent & Kindergarten youth bookclub at Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art. Karen attended to discuss KAH-LAN with the bookclub group.
January 27, 2018
KAH-LAN THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER is now featured on a Reading Lights plaque installed in Creekside Park near Science World in Vancouver, BC. Reading Lights is a collaboration between Vancouver Public Library and the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of B.C. Society to celebrate those behind B.C. children’s books and to inspire the love of reading.
November 4 & 25, 2017
On these two Saturday mornings, Karen taught a Continuing Studies writing course at Okanagan College (Kelowna Campus) called: Keys to Creating Books Children Want to Read. To register in the next offering of this course click here
October 2-6, 2017
Okanagan Regional Library Author Tour Karen presented to students at the following branches: Vernon, Lake Country, Rutland, Osoyoos, Kaleden, and Keremeos.
May 12, 2017
Karen was named a finalist for the Okanagan Arts Award for Literature in Kelowna, BC.
January 17, 2017
Karen was one of the award-winning CWILL members celebrated at the Vancouver Children's Literature Round Table event in Vancouver, BC.
July 3, 2016
BC Youth Writers’ Camp Karen presented the keynote address, in Penticton, BC.
June 24, 2016
KAH-LAN THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER won the 2016 Word Award in the category Novel – Children!
May 7-14, 2016
TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2016 Karen toured in Ontario, specifically from Sudbury to Sault Ste. Marie and points in between (including Webbwood, Blind River, Thessalon, Richard's Landing, and more).
May 6-7, 2016
Reading Town Canada 2016 Karen gave two Reading Town presentations for the National Reading Campaign's event. Reading Town Sudbury
May 2, 2016
KAH-LAN shortlisted for the 2016 Word Awards in the category Novel – Children!
April 29-30, 2016
BC Christian Home Educators’ Convention Author booth in Kelowna, BC, all day.
January 24, 2016

KAH-LAN THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER nominated for the Green Earth Book Award for children’s fiction.

January 21, 2016

Kah-Lan Student Activity Guide:  Colour   B&W is available.

November 28, 2015
Book signing of KAH-LAN THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER at Touch of Christmas, at New Life Church, 2041 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
November 2-5, 2015
KAH-LAN Book Tour: School and library presentations in Nipigon, Red Rock and Thunder Bay, Ontario
October 17, 2015
Book signing of KAH-LAN THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER at Mosaic Books, 411 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, BC, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. 
October 10, 2015
Book signing of KAH-LAN THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER at Hooked on Books, 225 Main Street, Penticton, BC, at the Penticton Market, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
October 3, 2015
Kelowna Launch of KAH-LAN THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER at the Kelowna Library, 1380 Ellis Street: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free event includes a kids' craft, puzzles, colouring for all ages, a short reading, Q&A, and sea snacks! Autographed copies are available for purchase by cash or cheque. Contest for students! A free author presentation for the school or homeschool co-op with the most students attending the event. Door prize for teachers! Draw for a reading circle set of 6 copies of KAH-LAN for teachers who attend, donated by Sono Nis press.
September 27, 2015
Book signing of KAH-LAN THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER at the First Book Canada booth at WORD Vancouver, Library Square 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
September 26, 2015
Vancouver Launch of KAH-LAN THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER at the Vancouver Aquarium: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Come celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week, Science Literacy Week and the launch of Karen’s new book! KAH-LAN THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER is a chapter book for ages 7–12 illustrated by Sheena Lott. Event includes a reading, Q&A, and book signing.
September 2015
KAH-LAN THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER is Karen Autio’s first chapter book. This west coast adventure tale is written from the point of view of a young sea otter and is illustrated by Sheena Lott.


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