Authors & Illustrators

Meet the voice of Crwth Press, our authors and illustrators. 

Karen Autio is the author of several books for young people. She has written historical fiction, narrative nonfiction and animal stories. When she’s not researching, writing or working as a freelance editor, Karen enjoys canoeing, photographing wildlife, reading and travelling. Karen lives in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Karen Autio’s books with Crwth Press are Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon and Kah-Lan and the Stink-Ink.

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Kristin Butcher never planned to be a writer, but she’s been doing it professionally now for nearly 25 years, and she still loves it. Kristin has been a finalist for the Sheila E. Egoff Award, the IODE Violet Downey Award, the Silver Birch Award, CLA Book of the Year Award and many more. Her books have been OLA Best Bets and ALA Quick Picks selections, and she is a two-time winner of the Chocolate Lily Award. Kristin lives in Campbell River, British Columbia.

Kristin Butcher’s books with Crwth Press are Isobel’s Stanley Cup and The Druid and the Dragon

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K.L. Denman has written many novels for young readers. Whether told seriously or with humour and mystery, her stories explore friendship, mental illness, family and identity. Numerous titles have been listed as “Best Books of the Year” and Me, Myself and Ike (Orca Book Publishers) was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary award. She lives in Delta, British Columbia.

K.L. Denam’s book with Crwth Press is Faster Than Truth, a young adult novel.

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Eileen Holland is a former teacher who spent her early student years letting her imagination spin her away from the classroom. It is not too much of a stretch to imagine her creating a dreamy character like Sophie Trophy for her first book.

Eileen Holland’s books with Crwth Press are Sophie Trophy and Sophie Trophy Too.

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Melanie Jackson has written numerous popular mysteries for young people, including several in the best-selling Orca Currents series, and she plans to write many more.

Melanie Jackson’s book with Crwth Press is The Fifth Beethoven, a middle-grade novel that is coming out in September 2020.

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Loraine Kemp has loved being an artist since she was barely old enough to hold a pencil. Living in the Okanagan Valley all her life and observing her equine friends have given Loraine an edge for creating realistic renderings of her beloved home environment and its inhabitants.

Loraine Kemp has illustrated Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon for Crwth Press. 

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Brooke Kerrigan is the award-winning illustrator of more than a dozen books for young people. Brooke is a graduate of the Sheridan College Interpretive Illustration program, and her whimsical illustration style has earned critical acclaim.

Brooke Kerrigan has illustrated Sophie Trophy and Sophie Trophy Too for Crwth Press.

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Laura Langston is the award-winning author of twenty books for young people and a former journalist for the CBC. By the time she hit Grade 4, Laura and her teachers knew she was destined to become a writer. Her persistent daydreaming and invisible friends were the tip-off. Her first word was cookie, her second word was book and her priorities haven’t changed.

Laura Langston’s book with Crwth Press is No Right Thing, a young adult novel that was released in April 2020.

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James McCann, has written several books for young people including Children of Ruin (Iron Mask Press) and Flying Feet (Orca Book Publishers). James teaches creative writing workshops at schools and libraries. When James is not writing, he’s playing Dungeons and Dragons or out on a road trip. James lives in Richmond, British Columbia.

James McCann’s book with Crwth Press is The Three Spartans.

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Emma Pedersen is a graduate of the OCAD University drawing and painting program. Her playful style infuses character and story into each illustration. Emma lives with her husband in an apartment full of books in Toronto, Ontario.

Emma has illustrated Kah-Lan and the Stink-Ink for Crwth Press.

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