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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Two Novelists Rollicking Through History — David Carpenter and Tyler Enfield (in conversation with Allan Safarik)

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

The Gold

The Gold by David Carpenter, set in the early part of the twentieth century, is a story about the rush for gold on the long trail that travels from high adventure and romance to atonement. Readers will meet some delightful, complex, and sometimes malicious characters in this sweeping narrative from one of Saskatchewan’s best known writers.

  • Fiction

Dave Carpenter

David Carpenter began writing as a translator and critic, but in the mid-1980s he turned to writing fiction. He is the author of four novels, three collections of short fiction, one book of poems, and three works of literary nonfiction. His most recent books have won more than a dozen awards, among which are the Independent Booksellers Silver Medal for short fiction, the Saskatchewan Book Awards’ Book of the Year, the National CODE Award, and the prestigious Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. Carpenter wrote the early drafts of The Gold in a cabin on Little Bear Lake in Northern Saskatchewan.

Fiction: (Saskatoon, SK), The Gold

Madder Carmine

The acclaimed debut novel by Tyler Enfield, Madder Carmine, set in the year 1849, is “a thrilling account of gun battles, romance, harrowing escapes, unshaven villains, a snakebite, a dubious circus, a mysterious girl with a palette of paints, and a young man’s epic journey to find her.”

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Tyler Enfield

Tyler Enfield is an award-winning author and photographer. His magical western, Madder Carmine, won the 2016 High Plains Book Award. His most recent children’s novel, Hannah And The Magic Eye, tells the story of a Jewish girl, and a Palestinian boy, who form an unlikely friendship while searching for the lost treasure of King Solomon’s Temple. Tyler’s interactive film, Invisible World (National Film Board of Canada, 2017) was co-written with Madeleine Thien, and won three Alberta Screen Awards, including Best Director, and Best Interactive Media. You can visit Tyler and his work at:

Allan Safarik

Allan Safarik is a poetry yahoo living just off the Louis Riel Trail. He is the author of Famous Roadkill and sixteen other volumes of poetry. In addition, he writes non-fiction books and novels and teaches Imaginative Writing at St Peter’s College in Humboldt. “Where he is there’s energy. You begin with that. Energy and quickness. He does not move or think or ever, I suspect, dream slowly. This is a mind and an imagination that flashes.” – Patrick Friesen, Border Crossings