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Jun 27, 2017

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Canada’s largest annual book festival returns with guests including
David Suzuki, Emma Donoghue, Anne Michaels, Ron Sexsmith and more

New this year: TFO Franco Stage and Indigenous Voices bring diverse perspectives to the festival


The Word On The Street Toronto, Canada’s largest free outdoor book and magazine festival, returns for its 28th year. Bringing booklovers together from all over Ontario, the festival is welcoming new and notable authors to participate in over one hundred special events and workshops. This annual event continues to celebrate Canadian literacy and provides an opportunity to browse a marketplace that boasts a diverse selection of books and magazines. The Word On The Street takes place on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Harbourfront Centre. Visit the festival’s website for more information.

“The Word On The Street is an opportunity to celebrate and discover Canadian authors and support literacy through a free and accessible event for all ages,” said The Word On The Street Festival Director Heather Kanabe. “From cookbooks to science fiction and writer workshops to author panels, our diverse slate of programming offers something for everyone. We are proud to continue expanding our programming by welcoming two new venues this year, the TFO Franco Stage and Indigenous Voices.”

The Amazon.ca Bestsellers Stage brings some of the biggest names in Canadian literature under one roof, including appearances by authors such as Emma Donoghue (The Lotterys Plus One), Elan Mastai (All Our Wrong Todays), Anne Michaels (All We Saw), Ron Sexsmith (Deer Life) and David Suzuki (Just Cool It!). View the full line-up on The Word On The Street’s website.

The Great Books Marquee features literary talent from across the nation, including Trillium Prize winner Kevin Hardcastle (In The Cage) and Toronto-based critically acclaimed author Nicole Lundrigan (The Substitute). The Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent shines a spotlight on Ontario authors and publishers, including FedEx Canada President Lisa Lisson (Resilience: Navigating Life, Loss, and the Road to Success) and Robert Rotenberg (Heart of the City). The Cooks ‘n’ Books Stage returns with cooking demos and samples, with guests including Evelyn Raab (Clueless in the Kitchen) and Chef David Wolfman and Marlene Finn (Cooking with the Wolfman). Visitors can enjoy readings and discussion on the Author Cruises returning this year with guests Nick Cutter (Little Heaven), Lance Hornby (Toronto and the Maple Leafs) and Robert J. Sawyer (Quantum Night). The Author Cruises are ticketed events.

New to the 2017 line-up: Indigenous Voices brings together Indigenous authors such as Lee Maracle (Conversations with Canadians) and Tanya Talaga (Seven Fallen Feathers). The TFO Franco Stage showcases the best in French literature with special guests including Daniel Grenier (L'année la plus longue), Stéphane Larue (Le plongeur), and Monia Mazigh (Du pain et du jasmin). Both stages will feature programming for all ages.

Once again this year, kids, tweens and families can expect fun and interactive programming from their favourite authors. TVOKids LIVE! brings well-known personalities from TVOKids for a day of fun-filled literacy-focused entertainment including music, stories, readings and interactive sessions. Visitors can see some of Canada’s most renowned children’s authors and illustrators present their books at TD Children's Literature Tent, including Chrissy Bozik (If You're Thankful And You Know It) and Eric and Terry Fan (The Night Gardener). The CBC Children’s Activity Tent features fun events for all ages, including creative crafts and interactive presentations inspired by new children’s books. The festival also brings young adult literature and art with the Teen Spirit Stage featuring authors such as Kate Blair (Tangled Planet), Elly Blake (Fireblood) and Lesley Livingston (The Valiant).

View the full festival line-up on The Word On The Street’s website. More programming details will be announced in the coming weeks. The Word On The Street programming schedule will be released in full early August.