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An interesting reading of The Girl Who Could Fly. Photo provided.

Ian Roy Book Launch at Octopus Books—Thursday, June 3

By Apartment613 on June 1, 2021

Local author Ian Roy is virtually launching his new novel The Girl Who Could Fly on Thursday, June 3, at 7pm, through Octopus Books.

As Roy explained in an email, “The Girl Who Could Fly is a middle-grade novel that is part adventure, part mystery, part folktale. While the story takes some of its inspiration from Icelandic mythology and from magic realist fiction, it is still very much grounded in the real world. The story is about 12-year-old Olive Hanson and a secret she discovers about her grandfather. This secret has to do with something that happened on a small island off the coast of Iceland during the Second World War—and it will change Olive’s life forever.”

A 400-year old book of spells, a vial of volcanic ash, and some dark family secrets lead to Olive being kidnapped from her Halifax home, which kickstarts her fantastical adventure, Roy explained.

Roy is an Ottawa-based writer, educator, and screen printer. This is his first book for young readers, though he’s previously published a book of poetry (Red Bird), a collaborative art book, and two short story collections.

The virtual launch is hosted by Octopus Books and will take the form of an interview between Roy and writer Andie Bulman.


The launch of The Girl Who Could Fly takes place on June 3 at 7pm. The event is free but you must RSVP here