Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Saskatoon -  Broadway Business District - Broadway & 10th Street | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming and our next festival promises to offer the best so far. See the line-up of incredible Canadian literary talent at The Word On The Street Saskatoon Sunday, September 24, 2017.

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Short Story Writers Who Hang Out with Interesting Characters

11:30 AM - 12:15 AM

— Annette Lapointe and Terry Griggs

You Are Not Needed Now

You Are Not Needed Now is a collection of stories from Annette Lapointe, author of the novel Stolen, which was nominated for the Giller Prize and won two Saskatchewan Book Awards. These “often strange, vulgar, or messy stories” are set in small towns on the Canadian prairies. Despite the diversity, strangeness, and complexity of her characters, Lapointe illustrates a remarkable understanding of each one.

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Annette Lapointe

Annette Lapointe was born on the coldest day of 1978 in Saskatoon. She lived in rural Saskatchewan, Quebec City, St John’s, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and South Korea before migrating to Grande Prairie, AB, where it’s cold most of the time but the wildlife comes right up to the door and asks to come in. She has published two award-winning novels: Stolen (2006) and Whitetail Shooting Gallery (2012). Her latest book is a short story collection You Are Not Needed Now, published by Anvil Press in 2017 Lapointe completed her PhD in Contemporary Literature in 2010. She now teaches literature and creative writing at Grande Prairie Regional College and edits The Waggle magazine. |

Lapointe’s work is likely to appeal to fans of Lynn Coady, Karen Russell, and Kelly Link.

College.Fiction: (Grande Prairie, AB), You Are Not Needed Now


The Discovery of Honey

The Discovery of Honey is a collection of short stories by Terry Griggs, who was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Quickening, her first volume of stories. The Montreal Gazette calls Griggs a wildly inventive storyteller, and she has been labelled one of the most uproarious and confoundingly original writers at work today.

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  • Short Stories

Terry Griggs

Terry Griggs is the author of Quickening, which was nominated for a Governor General’s Award, The Lusty Man, Rogues’ Wedding (shortlisted for the Roger’s Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize), and Thought You Were Dead. Her popular children’s novels include the Cat’s Eye Corner series, and, most recently, Nieve (Biblioasis). In 2003, Terry Griggs was awarded the Marian Engel Award in recognition of a distinguished body of work, and in 2010 honoured with the installation of a Project Bookmark Canada plaque in Owen Sound. She lives in Stratford, Ontario.

Fiction: (Stratford, ON), The Discovery of Honey