Born in 1958, Laura Langston grew up in Vancouver and moved to Victoria. Based on a situation in her own family, Mile-High Apple Pie is about the relationship between a young girl and her grandmother who has trouble with her memory. With Danny Schur, composer and producer of Strike! The Musical, Laura Langson was a co-recipient of the 2006 Kobzar Literary Award. [See below]

Fascinated with the concept of "life after death," Langston has written a novel for reluctant readers, Exit Point (Orca 2006), from the perspective of a teenager who is killed by his own drunken driving. Guided in the after-life by Wade, and the spirit of his grandmother, the remorseful Logan realizes he was meant to save the life of his younger sister Amy, but his life took a wrong turn, literally and figuratively. Following a near-death experience from a bee sting, sixteen-year-old Hannah finds herself with the ability to heal in Hannah's Touch (Orca, 2009). In Langston's young adult novel Last Ride (Orca, 2011), sixteen-year-old Tom Shields struggles with the guilt of killing his best friend in a street race.

The Art of Getting Stared At (Penguin Razorbill 2014) deals with teenage girls and self-esteem issues. A would-be film school applicant at age sixteen, Sloane is diagnosed with alopecia areata after discovering a bald spot during a film shoot. She decides to conceal her condition only to discover, with alarm, that she is turning to the kind of person she detests: someone who is obsessed with appearances.

Laura Langston's Stepping Out (Orca 2015) traces the ambitions of an insecure, 15-year-old, disabled comedian, Paige Larsson, who attempts to graduate from the relative safety of being a YouTube comedy vlogger to competing on stage at a prestigious comedy festival in the world stand-up on stage.

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Laura Langston?s tenth title since 1994, Stepping Out (Orca $9.95), traces the ambitions of an insecure, 15-year-old, disabled comedian, Paige Larsson, who attempts to graduate from the relative safety of being a YouTube comedy vlogger to competing on stage at a prestigious comedy festival. A former broadcaster now living in Victoria, Langston has been a co-recipient of the $25,000 Kobzar Literary Award presented every two years to a Canadian writer who best presents a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit through poetry, play, musical, fiction, non-fiction or young people?s literature. Her winning title was Lesia?s Dream. 9781459808959

BCBW 2019

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BOOKS:

No Such Thing as Faraway (Orca, 1994). Illustrated by Robert Amos
Paydirt! The Search for Gold in British Columbia (Orca, 1995)
The Fox's Kettle (Orca, 1998)
Lesia's Dream (HarperCollins, 2003) 0-00-639283-0
Mile-High Apple Pie (Random House, 2005), illustrated by Lindsey Gardiner.
Exit Point (Orca, 2006). 1-55143-505-5 $9.95)
Hannah's Touch (Orca, 2009)
Hot New Thing (Orca 2013). $9.95 9781459804319
The Art of Getting Stared At (Penguin Razorbill 2014) $19.99 9780670067503
Stepping Out (Orca 2016) $9.95 9781459808959
In Plain Sight (Orca 2016) $9.95 9781459814165

[BCBW 2016] "Kidlit" "Gold"