The Word On The Street Toronto Announces Its 2013 Festival Highlights


We are thrilled to announce that this year’s festival headliner is Joseph Boyden, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel Through Black Spruce and celebrated author of Three Day Road. He appears on the Bestsellers Stage at 3:00 pm. on Festival Day—Sunday, September 22, 2013, from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm—and will be on-site throughout the day to create a massive chalk mural inspired by a quote from Boyden.
Bomb Girls actress Meg Tilly hits the Bestsellers Stage to discuss her life off-screen as a bestselling author. Host of Food Network Canada series Eat St. and comic James Cunningham reviews the best eats on the street, and Canada’s genre writers give their insights into the future of everything from horror to erotica fiction.
We have more ways than ever to sample poetry at this year’s festival, including ‘guerrilla spoken word’ in the afternoon around Queen’s Park Circle and an exciting finale over at our Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent with the Toronto Poetry Slam. Festival guests are invited to sign up to challenge the slam team at The League of Canadian Poets booth. Poetry is also front and centre on the Bestsellers Stage this year as Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Austin Clarke presents his first-ever poetry collection at 2:00 pm.
The Nothing But The Truth stage returns this year with something for everyone, from a look at Toronto’s neighbourhoods through time, to the truth about retirement-saving, to multiple perspectives on health and the global food supply, to Canada’s favourite game from the goon’s perspective! Other non-fiction features include appearances by MPs Olivia Chow and Charlie Angus at our Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent and lots of provocative topics up-for-discussion at the returning Toronto Star Tent. We’re pleased to announce that an amazing line-up of Canadian authors will appear at Random House of Canada’s Remarkable Reads Tent, the newest names in Canlit will be on hand at the Great Books Marquee, and our always-popular Wordshop Marquee, featuring the Humber School for Writers, is the place for writing workshops with top-notch instructors that include Terry Fallis and Cathy Marie Buchanan.
The newly-named TD Children’s Literature Tent presents new features and favourite authors including Ruth Ohi, Julie Kraulis, Kevin Sylvester, Andrew Larsen, and Cary Fagan. Children from 2 to 12 can participate in the TD Grade One Book Giveaway presented by The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, with author Loris Lesynski and illustrator Michael Martchenko. At the corner of Bloor Street and Queen’s Park, the fun continues at the TVOKids Stage—where kids can dance with their favourite TVOKids personalities, listen to stories, and be on the look-out for Polkaroo!
The Children’s Activity Tent is back and full of interactive fun for all ages! Enjoy readings, drawing, puzzles, clay illustration, and dance and rhythm workshops from a host of amazing presenters, including award-winning author/illustrator and graphic designer Frank Viva. New this year are exciting additions to the KidStreet Marketplace—our friends at Shakespeare in Action will be hosting a tent filled with innovative games, storytelling and language exercises for the whole family, used to introduce children to Shakespeare. Be sure to check out Literacy Lane for readings, scavenger hunts and other activities.
Pick up the latest bestseller, subscribe to a great Canadian magazine, or learn something new about a local literacy organization, among our exciting array of exhibitors in the ever-popular exhibitors’ Marketplace.

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