The Word On The Street (at Harbourfront)


This Sunday, September 27, marks the return of one of Toronto’s best literary events, The Word On The Street. The festival is Canada’s largest free book and magazine festival, featuring hundreds of author readings, discussions, and activities, and a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines anywhere. This year, for the first time, the outdoor free festival will be taking place at Toronto’s Harbourfront (moving it from its previous location, Queen’s Park).

I’ll be participating in the festival in a couple key ways. I’m hosting the This Is Not the Shakespeare Stage for the first half of the day, then I’ll be leading an illustration workshop at the Children’s Activity Stage later in the afternoon. Details can be found below and at The Word On The Street website.

This Is Not the Shakespeare Stage

11:45 AM – A Shot in the Dark – reading and discussion with Emil Sher (Young Man with Camera) and Chantel Guertin (Leading Lines: A Pippa Greene Novel)

The impact of technology on teenagers is a persistent subject of debate. Smartphones are often singled out as the objects of greatest influence, but what about cameras? Emil Sher and Chantel Guertin empower their teen characters by aiming their lenses at the social issues around them.

12:30 PM – Supernatural Sovereignty: Humans Defending the Earth – reading and discussion with Megan Crewe (The Clouded Sky), Leah Bobet (An Inheritance of Ashes), and Natalie Ghent (Dark Company)

Nobody likes to be pushed around, but the assertions of dominance in these fantasy novels go beyond bully threats or pressure from parents. Join Megan Crewe, Leah Bobet, and Natale Ghent in conversation as they discuss the use of aliens, gods, monsters, and demons as larger-than-life villains in their novels.

1:30 PM – Politics of a Parallel World – reading and discussion with Eve Silver (Crash), Kate Blair (Transferral), and Erin Bow (The Scorpion Rules)

They say one person can change the world, but when you’re up against governments that have normalized hostage taking, a diseased second-class citizenry, and a virtual reality game with fatal real-world consequences, it isn’t easy. Hear Erin Bow, Kate Blair, and Eve Silver speak about writing sinister systems and heroines equal to the task of taking them down.

Children’s Activity Tent

3:15 PM – Loyalist To A Fault – reading and illustration workshop with Evan Munday (that’s me!)

If you’re interested in drawing cartoons, you’re going to have to draw faces. Learn to draw your own cast of character faces with The Dead Kid Detective Agency series author and illustrator Evan Munday. He loves drawing faces, and during his short workshop, he’ll give young illustrators the tips and techniques they need to draw dynamic faces and facial expressions: both realistic and cartoony. Bring your pencils and paper, because you’ll be doing a lot of drawing at this workshop!

Activity suitability: Ages 7+

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