Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our next festival is shaping up to be another great one. Check out all of the confirmed authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Linda Bailey was born and grew up in Winnipeg. In her twenties, she traveled around the world, mostly by ship, working in England and Australia. Then she moved to Vancouver, where she earned a B.A. and an M.Ed. at the University of British Columbia. She still lives in Vancouver, a five-minute walk from the ocean. She’s an ex-college teacher, an ex-editor, an ex-travel agent and . . . Now she’s the author of more than thirty books for kids. Best known perhaps are her picture books about a dog called Stanley (Stanley’s Party and others, illustrated by Bill Slavin). Many of her books have now travelled around the world — just like her.
Children’s and Young Adult: (Vancouver, BC), Carson Crosses Canada
Carson Crosses Canada
Ven Begamudré was born in South India and came to Canada when he was six. He has an honours degree in public administration and an MFA in creative writing. He has held numerous residencies and was the 1996 Canada-Scotland exchange writer-in-residence. His work has appeared in Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, and Scotland. He lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. Extended Families: A Memoir of India is his ninth book.
(Regina, SK), Extended Families: A Memoir of India
Extended Families: A Memoir of India
GAIL BOWEN’s first Joanne Kilbourn mystery, Deadly Appearances (1990), was nominated for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada Best First Novel Award, and A Colder Kind of Death (1995) won the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel; all sixteen previous books in the series have been enthusiastically reviewed. In 2008, Reader’s Digest named Bowen Canada’s Best Mystery Novelist; in 2009 she received the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. Bowen has also written plays that have been produced across Canada and on CBC Radio. Now retired from teaching at the First Nations University, Gail Bowen lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. The author lives in Regina, SK.
Fiction: (Regina, SK), Winners’ Circle
The Winner’s Circle
Mike Spencer Bown was born in Ottawa and raised in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Alberta and British Columbia, before skipping out of Canada entirely and backpacking the world for over 26 years and counting. After 23 years of backpacking non-stop, he reached the satisfying milestone of having explored every country to his satisfaction. He suspected he might get some media attention as a result of his free-style approach to backpacking war-zone countries, and propensity for jungle living with pigmies and other tribes, but, to his surprise, many knowledgeable reporters and other travellers decided he must also be the world’s most travelled man. Among the people who have seen the whole world, only Mike has kept at it his whole adult life, as opposed to the 4, or 8 years more typical of extensive travellers who have been to every country. Heretofore, it had been widely thought impossible to travel so long without burning out, as travel can become tiresome if the goal is collecting passport stamps. Luckily, he didn’t go on trips to collect stamps, but lived a life on the move, for love of the adventure and stories, and it made all the difference.
Nonfiction: (Calgary, AB), The World’s Most Travelled Man
The World’s Most Travelled Man: A Twenty-three Year Odyssey To and Through Every Country On The Planet
Tenille Campbell is a Dene & Métis author and photographer from English River First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and is in her fourth year of PhD studies at the University of Saskatchewan, focusing in Indigenous Literature. She is the author of #IndianLovePoems, a poetry collection with a gaze upon Indigenous Erotica and the humour within.
She is also the artist behind SWEETMOON PHOTOGRAPHY, a successful photography business that specializes in photographing Indigenous people, and the co-creator of TEA&BANNOCK, an online collective blog featuring the photographs and stories of Indigenous women photographers throughout Canada.
Poetry: (Saskatoon,SK), Indian Love Poems
Anne Campbell is an award-winning author of five collections of poetry and of popular non-fiction. Readings of her work, workshops, and musical compositions with Tom Schudel have taken her across Canada, the USA, and Britain. Her many awards include the City of Regina Writing Award, the Mayor’s Arts Award, and the Mayor’s Heritage Award. In her work at the Regina Public Library, Campbell administered Canada’s first public Writer-in-Residence program. As a long-time Saskatchewan arts and heritage activist, she served on the boards of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Writers Development Trust, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, and, presently, the Heritage Committee of the Wascana Centre Authority.
Poetry: (Regina, SK), Fabric of Day
The Fabric of Day: New and Selected Poems
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
Lorna Crozier, an Officer of the Order of Canada, is the author of seventeen books of poetry, most recently What the Soul Doesn’t Want and The Wild in You. She is also the author of The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Ordinary Things and the memoir Small Beneath the Sky. She is a Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria, has been awarded the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and is a three-time recipient of the Pat Lowther Award. Born in Swift Current, she now lives on Vancouver Island with writer Patrick Lane and two fine cats.
Poetry: (Victoria, BC), What the Soul Doesn’t Want
What the Soul Doesn't Want
David (Davy) Doyle, activist, educator, historian, author, and “honourary” Métis, is a former Canadian Plains Research Fellow and a retired First Nations school principal. “On the trail of Louis Riel” for thirty plus years, he has archived the oral and print history of the Northwest. Given a Cree name and twice recognized as an Honorary Metis (Honoré Jaxon II), Doyle continues his work seeking justice for the Northwest leader Louis Riel through exoneration and reconciliation with Canada and Canadians. Internationally, he has taken Riel’s cause to Cuba, Iceland, Ireland and England. He makes his home in Powell River, B.C.
Nonfiction: (Powell River, BC), Louis Riel: Let Justice Be Done
Louis Riel: Let Justice Be Done
John Early is an award-winning author based out of his hometown of Saskatoon. His world travels, however, like his writing and projects in life, always define new territory. John’s wild new book, Tales of the Modern Nomad – Monks, Mushrooms & Other Misadventures delves into his decade of global backpacking over 30 countries through an eclectic layout of stories, photography, poetry and sidebar sketches. It captures all the travel insight you won’t get in a guidebook. John is currently calling Nicaragua his second home where he’s running a Circus Island Artist Residency with Momentom Collective. For more info on John and the book visit www.modernnomad.ca
Nonfiction: (Saskatoon, SK), Tales of the Modern Nomad
Tales of the Modern Nomad - Monks, Mushrooms & Other Misadventures
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: www.TylerEnfield.com
Hannah With The Magic Eye
MELANIE J. FISHBANE holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and an M.A. in History from Concordia University. With over seventeen years’ experience in children’s publishing, she lectures internationally on children’s literature and L.M. Montgomery, whom she has been obsessed with since she first read Anne of Green Gables in Grade Six. Melanie teaches English at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario and is one of the contributor in the essay collection, L.M. Montgomery’s Rainbow Valleys: The Ontario Years 1911-1942. Melanie lives in Toronto with her partner and their cat, Merlin. Maud is her first novel. You can follow Melanie on Twitter @MelanieFishbane and like her on Facebook.
Children’s and Young Adult: (Toronto, ON), Maud
Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery
Beth Goobie grew up in Guelph, Ontario, where the appearance of a normal childhood hid many secrets. Beth moved to Winnipeg to attend university, became a youth residential treatment worker, and studied creative writing at the University of Alberta. She is the award-winning author of 25 books, mainly for young adults, including The Pain Eater and the CLA award-winning Before Wings. Also a published poet, Beth makes her home in Saskatoon.
Poetry: (Saskatoon, SK), breathing at dusk
Breathing at Dusk
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
The Discovery of Honey
Jerry Haigh is a Kenya born, Glasgow schooled, wildlife veterinarian who, after ten years working with diverse species that included rhino, elephants and lions in six African countries, joined the faculty at Saskatoon’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine. In this, his fourth book, he tells of his adventures with zoo and wild creatures in Canada. They range from bison to seals, from moose to owls, and as the title suggests, from porcupines to polar bears. Two of his zoo cases involved dental work in a hippo and a lion. Visit him at www.jerryhaigh.com
Porcupines to Polar Bears
A graduate of Harvard Law School and the author of six books, Harold R. Johnson is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation and lives in La Ronge, Saskatchewan.
Nonfiction: (LaRonge, SK), Firewater
Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People
Full-time professional blogger, baker, and recipe maker Karlynn Johnston can usually be found fluffing her culinary feathers on her award-winning website, The Kitchen Magpie. When she’s not there, she’s busy avoiding her deadlines by sneaking away to eat at her favorite Edmonton restaurants, finding a new bourbon cocktail to drink, or playing on social media. Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky is her first cookbook.
Nonfiction: (Edmonton, AB), Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky
Flapper Pie and A Blue Prairie Sky
Renée Kohlman is a pastry chef, food writer, and recipe developer living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. With 20 years of professional cooking experience, she counts her lucky stars every day that she has turned her passion for food into a career she loves. Her popular food blog Sweetsugarbean has provided her with many exciting opportunities, including her regular food columns in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and other publications. Her first cookbook All the Sweet Things (TouchWood Editions) was published in April of 2017.
Nonfiction: (Saskatoon, SK), All the Sweet Things
All The Sweet Things
Alice Kuipers is the award-winning, bestselling author of four previous novels, Life on the Refrigerator Door, The Worst Thing She Ever Did, 40 Things I Want to Tell You and The Death of Us, and two picture books. Her work has been published in twenty-nine countries. She lives in Saskatoon.
Children’s and Young Adult: (Saskatoon, SK), Me (and) Me
Me (and) Me
Mika Lafond is a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. She took a great interest in creative writing while she attended ITEP at the University of Saskatchewan through a mentorship with author Bill Robertson. Lafond and her cousin Joi Arcand started Kimiwan Zine in 2012 as an outlet for Indigenous visual artists and creative writers. Lafond has worked in education for ten years, has written resources for teachers, and began teaching at the U of S in 2015. Her writing is influenced by her love for her culture, language, and the importance of education. This is her first book.
Poetry: (Saskatoon, SK), Nipe Wanin My Way Back
nipê wânîn: my way back
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.
www.annettelapointe.com | email@example.com
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
You Are Not Needed Now
Katherine Lawrence is a writer whose award-winning poetry includes Never Mind, Lying to Our Mothers, and Ring Finger, Left Hand. Her work has been honoured by awards such as Best First Book, Saskatchewan Book Awards; the City of Regina Writing Award, and the John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award. Her poems have been anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010 and in Nelson English Grade 10 Academic Edition and Elements of English 12 by Harcourt Canada.
Katherine writes stage plays, coaches emerging writers, facilitates teen writing workshops, and chairs Access Copyright Foundation. She lives in Saskatoon.
Children’s and Young Adult: (Saskatoon, SK), Stay
Danica Lorer’s name rests in the word explorer. She finds adventure and inspiration in fields, forests, riverbanks, cities, small towns, and libraries. Over the past twenty years as a professional storyteller, Danica has delighted audiences of all ages. In 2014 she toured Ontario as one of three storytellers selected for Canadian Children’s Book Week. In 2015 and 2016 she presented more than 120 story creation workshops in schools with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society. Danica believes in the power of the story and the importance of listening and telling. She is the host of Shaw TV Saskatoon’s literary arts program ‘Lit Happens’.
Anne McDonald is an award-winning author. Her novel To the Edge of the Sea won the Saskatchewan First Book Award. Her play Lullabies and Cautions was recently showcased at the 2016 Spring Festival of New Plays. Her work has appeared in literary journals, Canada’s History, and on CBC Radio. Anne teaches theatre and creative writing. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Nonfiction: (Regina, SK), Miss Confederation
Miss Confederation: The Diary of Mercy Anne Coles
Marion Mutala has a master’s degree in education administration and taught for 30 years. With a mad passion for the arts she loves to write, sing, folkdance, play guitar, garden, travel, and read. Marion’s teaching and life experiences help her develop unique stories and songs, and her poetry has appeared in print as well.
Ukrainian Daughter’s Dance
More Babas Please
Adam Pottle’s writing focuses on the dynamic and philosophical aspects of deafness and disability. His first book, the poetry collection Beautiful Mutants, was shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Acorn-Plantos Prize. His novel Mantis Dreams: The Journal of Dr. Dexter Ripley won the 2014 Saskatoon Book Award. His play Ultrasound premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto. His most recent book is The Bus, which won the 2016 Ken Klonsky Award. He lives in Saskatoon.
William Robertson is a poet, university English instructor, freelance writer, reviewer, and broadcaster. He has published four previous collections of poems and the biography, k.d. lang: Carrying the Torch (1993). He was on the editorial board of the NeWest Review for ten years. He has also reviewed plays, books, and musical events for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, to which he has contributed since 1979, and he reviewed plays and concerts for CBC Saskatchewan for fifteen years. He was also a regular panelist on the national CBC’s Talking Books program for all of its eleven-year tenure.
Jennifer Robson is the USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Goodnight From London, Somewhere In France and After The War is Over. She holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
Fiction: (Toronto, ON), Goodnight From London
Goodnight from London: A Novel
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
When not writing, Sherri Smith spends time with her family, two rescue dogs, and restores vintage furniture that would otherwise be destined for the dump. She lives in Winnipeg, where the long, cold winters nurture her dark side. Follow Me Down (Forge Books, March 2017) is her first thriller.
Follow Me Down
Blair Stonechild is a Cree-Saulteaux member of the Muscowpetung First Nation and Professor of Indigenous Studies at First Nations University of Canada. He is also the author of Buffy Sainte-Marie: It’s My Way.
Nonfiction: (Regina, SK), Knowledge Seeker
The Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spirituality
A member of the Order of Canada, Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his fifth-grade students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. Eric has published more than ninety novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. One of his most common themes, which involves the Canadian heroes featured in his novels, is helping students to become aware of the greatness of their country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario. For more information, visit www.ericwalters.net.
Children’s and Young Adult: (Mississauga, ON), 90 Days of Different
90 Days of Different
JAN WONG is the author of five non-fiction bestsellers, including Out of the Blue and Red China Blues, which was named one of Time magazine’s top ten non-fiction books of 1996. (Twenty years later, the book is still in print.) She has won numerous journalism awards (too many to mention) and is now a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University. A third-generation Canadian, Jan Wong is the eldest daughter of a prominent Montreal restaurateur.
Nonfiction: (Toronto, ON & Fredericton, NB), Apron Strings
Henry Woolf was born in London, England in 1930. He has been an actor and director for sixty years and, when no one was looking, a writer too. He has worked with lots of top chaps such as Orson Welles, Lawrence Olivier, Peter O’Toole, and Peter Brook. In 1957 he persuaded Harold Pinter to write his first play, “The Room,” which Henry directed. For ten years Henry was artistic director of the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival. He taught at the University of Saskatchewan Drama Department for fourteen years, retiring as Head in 1997.
Nonfiction: (Saskatoon, SK), Barcelona Is in Trouble
Barcelona Is In Trouble