Festival News: Announcing our 2012 line-up

The Word On The Street Toronto: The First Stop on the Fall Literary Calendar!

Over the past 22 years, The Word On The Street Toronto has featured more than 2,445 Canadian authors, presenters and performers and reached an estimated 2.9 million Torontonians! In 2012, Festival organizers are proud to continue supporting new Canadian works that represent the quality and diversity of Canadian literature.

Authors appearing at this year’s festival write in such diverse genres as fiction, narrative non-fiction, personal finance, cooking, lifestyle, young adult fiction, children’s literature, and more. Here are just some of the amazing authors to be found at this year’s event:

Visitors are invited to hear a free talk with visionary environmentalists David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin as they make the festival the first stop on their Eco Tour. Also on hand are favourite non-fiction authors Andrew Westoll, winner of the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; John Ralston Saul, president of PEN International; Jian Ghomeshi and Nora Young, two popular CBC hosts that are now also published authors; plus http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/toronto, Bernie Finklestein, Stuart McLean, Megan Ogilvie, Neil Pasricha, Chef Michael Smith, and personal finance expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade.

There is plenty for fiction and poetry fans as well, including presentations by David Bergen, winner of the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize; novelists and story writers Linwood Barclay, Heather Birrell, Giles Blunt, Steven Heighton, Miranda Hill, Kyo Maclear, Pasha Malla, and Susan Swan; poet Dennis Lee; and tag-teaming duo Wayson Choy and Priscila Uppal, who will speak together about mining the family for literature.

The Word On The Street Toronto is the place to reconnect with favourite authors and discover new talent – all events are free and all authors are Canadian. This year’s festival takes place on Sunday, September 23, from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and 2012 marks a return to the streets – from Bloor Street to Queen’s Park Circle East and West, past Wellesley Street to College Street. For full details on the festival’s exciting new site plan, click here.


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