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Forthcoming 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 advanced picture book, with text by Karen Autio and illustrated by Loraine Kemp, will include natural and social history. A young Syilx (Okanagan) man on a quest … horses wild and tamed … fur brigades with their French-Canadian and Syilx 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.
July
3, 2016
BC Youth Writers' Camp Karen presented the keynote address. 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). Karen Autio presentation details.
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. 
March
12, 2016
Book signing with three other local children's authors for a book signing at Chapters, Orchard Park, 2271 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
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 now available:  Colour   B&W
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.
May
2, 2015
Karen will be celebrating and sharing books at the Authors for Indies afternoon book party at Mosaic Books, 411 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, BC.
April
24, 2015
Karen Autio will be presenting a workshop called From Fact to Fiction: Turning the Pages of History into a Page-turner at BC Christian Home Educators' Convention in Kelowna, BC.
April
24 & 25, 2015
Author Booth together with Laura Thomas at BC Christian Home Educators' Convention in Kelowna, BC, all day.
January
31, 2015
Karen Autio presented a writing workshop called Keys to Creating Books Kids Want to Read and doing a book signing at Curious Beyond Words from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Okanagan Regional Library Kelowna branch, Kelowna, BC. Register online.
October
2014
Autumn Book Tour in Thunder Bay and Nipigon. Presentations: October 8 Nipigon Rotary Club and 7 p.m. Book Club Trilogy Discussion at Nipigon Public Library; October 9 7 p.m. at Waverley Library. Book signing: October 11 1-4 p.m. at Chapters in Thunder Bay.
September
27, 2014
Double Book Signing with Laura Thomas at Bell Tower Books, 31 – 2070 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC, noon – 4:00 p.m.
June
2-6, 2014
Empress of Ireland Book Tour in Quebec City and Ottawa.
May
30, 2014
Presentation and book signing at the Empress of Ireland 100th Anniversary Commemoration (May 28-June 1) hosted by Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père in Rimouski, QC.
May
15, 2014
SABOTAGE listed in the Canadian Children's Book Centre's BEST BOOKS for CHILDREN and TEENS Spring 2014!
April
26, 2014
SABOTAGE shortlisted for the 2015 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award!
April
24, 2014
SABOTAGE shortlisted for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book!
April
23, 2014
"You Can't Win" short story by Karen Autio published on Short Kid Stories website.
April
19, 2014
SABOTAGE included in the 2014 TD Canadian Children's Book Week Theme Guide!
April
7-11, 2014
Vancouver Island SABOTAGE Book Tour. Contact Canadian Authors and Presenters at canadianauthorsandpresenters@gmail.com to book a school presentation.
March
7, 2014
Presentation at Okanagan Regional Library Mission branch, Kelowna, BC.
January
31, 2014
Presenting SABOTAGE at CANSCAIP’s Mass Book Launch at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto, ON.
January
27, 2014
SABOTAGE Student Activity Guide is now available.
August
2013
German spies? Sabotage plots? Innocent people interned in camps? Believe it or not, this is northwestern Ontario in 1915. The danger hits close to home for battling siblings Saara and John Mäki. Can they work together to save their family? SABOTAGE is the sequel to SAARA'S PASSAGE and completes the trilogy about the Finnish Mäki family in early Thunder Bay.

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