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!
Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber is originally from Regina and currently teaches Indigenous literatures and performance at the First Nations University of Canada. His publications include stories in The Malahat Review and mitewâcimowina: Indigenous Science Fiction and Speculative Storytelling (Theytus). He is also the editor of kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly (UR Press), and is a founding producer and co-writer of the Making Treaty 4 performance.
Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a PhD student in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. This Wound is a World is his first book, which won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize, among others.
Bob Bors Bio, Mini-Bio
Dr. Bob Bors has been a professor in the Plant Sci. Dept. at the University of Saskatchewan since 1999. He teaches classes on Fruit Science, Plant Propagation, Greenhouse Management, Biotechnology and Introduction to Horticulture. He runs the University of Saskatchewan Fruit Program which is breeding many hardy fruits and is well known for work on Haskap, Sour Cherries and Apples. (see www.fruit.usask.ca). He has also breeds coleus, ornamental trees, and occasionally vegetables. Sara Williams co-authored the recent released “Growing Fruits for Northern Gardens”. (see http://coteaubooks.com)
Sharon Butala is an award-winning and bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. Her most recent work, Where I Live Now, was nominated for the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction. Butala is a recipient of the Marian Engel Award, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and the 2012 Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. In 2002 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.
Ins Choi was born in Korea, grew up and currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. As an actor, he’s worked with such companies as fu-GEN, CanStage and Stratford. His debut play, Kim’s Convenience, premiered at the 2011 Toronto Fringe festival. It then toured across Canada before being adapted into an award winning tv comedy series enjoying it’s third season this January on the CBC. It was published by House of Anansi Press. This is his first time in Saskatoon and, after appearing at Word on the Street, will be performing his solo show Ins Choi: Songs, Stories and Spoken Words on Sunday September 16 at 7:30pm at the Refinery.
Trevor Cole’s novels include Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life and The Fearsome Particles, both short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award and long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award. His third novel, Practical Jean, published in Canada, the United States, Germany and France, was short-listed for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the Leacock Medal for Humour. Trevor’s latest book, published by HarperCollins Canada, is The Whisky King, an epic nonfiction historical narrative, winner of the 2018 Arthur Ellis Award for Canada’s best nonfiction crime book. Trevor lives in Toronto.
Chelsea Coupal’s first poetry collection, Sedley, was published recently by Coteau Books. She won the 2017 City of Regina Writing Award and was shortlisted for CV2’s 2016 Young Buck Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals across Canada, including Arc, EVENT and Grain.
Carol Rose Daniels is a Cree/Dene writer, storyteller and multidisciplinary artist with roots in
Northern Saskatchewan. Her first novel of fiction – Bearskin DiaryNightwood Editions – was released in 2015 and
received a literary award the following year. It was also shortlisted for 3 Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Her first book of poetry – Hiraeth/Inanna Publications – was released in 2018 to a great deal of critical acclaim including being part of the CBC Books Must-Read list for 2018. Her second novel of fiction – Wapawikoscihanihk – The Narrows of Fears – is likely to be released in the spring of 2019. Her third novel of fiction is a work in progress and entitled – Bone China.
Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author of books for kids of all ages. Her books have been translated into almost a dozen languages, optioned for television and shortlisted for such prestigious awards as the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, the Joan Betty Struchner – Oy Vey! – Funniest Children’s Book Award, the Saskatchewan Diamond Willow Reader’s Choice Award and the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award. Her novels include Exploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Goodlooking) Hero, The Gypsy King trilogy and Ortega, which won the McNally Book for Young People award. Her picture books include the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series, Invisibill and the Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, which won the Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award. Maureen lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her family.
More information about Maureen Fergus can be found on her website www.maureenfergus.com
For more than thirty years, Dr. Brian Goldman has been an active participant and keen observer of the culture of modern medicine. Since 2007, he has hosted White Coat, Black Art, a multi-award-winning show on CBC Radio that reveals what goes on behind a hospital’s sliding doors. Goldman is the author of the bestselling The Night Shift and The Secret Language of Doctors. He lives in Toronto with his family.
IAN HAMILTON is the author of the Ava Lee series. The books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize, and are national bestsellers. The Water Rat of Wanchai was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was named a best book of the year by Amazon.ca, the Toronto Star, and Quill & Quire. BBC Culture named Hamilton “One of the Ten Mystery/Crime Writers from the Last Thirty Years That Should Be on Your Bookshelf.” The series is being adapted for television.
Paul Hanley is a writer with a special interest in the natural environment, agrivulture, and the future of civilization. He is the author of ELEVEN and the co-author and editor of the Spirit of Agriculture and Earthcare: Ecological Agriculture in Saskatchewan. He lives in Saskatoon.
Naturalist Trevor Herriot, the 2017 recipient of the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence, is the author of six books, including Grass, Sky, Song and the national bestseller River in a Dry Land. His most recent books are Towards a Prairie Atonement (U of R Press, October 2016) and Islands of Grass (Oct. 2017, Coteau), with photographs by Branimir Gjetvaj. He is currently writing a novel.
Bestselling author Alice Kuipers has published five award-winning YA novels internationally, along with two picture books featuring twins Violet and Victor, and the first book in her upcoming chapter books series with Chronicle Books: Polly Diamond and the Magic Book. She has two more books coming out next year. Her work is published in 34 countries and she regularly shares books she loves on CTV. Alice has four children.
Find her writing tips here: www.alicekuipers.com
Children’s and Young Adult: (Saskatoon, SK), Me (and) Me
Me (and) Me
Randy Lundy is a member of the Barren Lands (Cree) First Nation. He has published two previous collections of poetry, Under the Night Sun and Gift of the Hawk. His work has been widely anthologized. He lives in Pense, Saskatchewan.
Jeanette Lynes’ second novel, The Small Things That End The World, was just released by Coteau Books. Her first novel, The Factory Voice, was long-listed for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize and a ReLit Award. Jeanette is also the author of seven books of poetry; her most recent collection, Bedlam Cowslip:The John Clare Poems, received the 2016 Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award. Her poetry recently appeared in The Anti-Languorous Project and Forget Magazine. Jeanette directs the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.
Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems
Saskatoon-area writer Dave Margoshes writes fiction, short and long, and poetry on a farm west of Saskatoon. He’ll be reading from new poetry collection, A Calendar 0f Reckoning. His previous poetry title, Dimensions of an Orchard, won the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Awards Poetry Prize.
MARDI MICHELS is a full-time French teacher to elementary school-aged boys and the author of eat. live. travel. write–a blog focusing on culinary adventures near and far. As part of her job, she runs cooking classes for boys aged 7 to 14, called Les Petits Chefs and Cooking Basics. Mardi grew up in Australia, lived and taught in Paris for over five years and now calls Toronto home. In 2014, Mardi and her husband purchased a historic home in southwest France, which they operate as a vacation rental property. Mardi is also a Food Revolution Ambassador and in her spare time teaches French cooking and baking classes.
Trina Moyles is a freelance writer, journalist, photographer, human rights activist, and community organizer. Her fiction, poetry, and journalism have been published in many literary journals and magazines. Trina is also the author of Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World (University of Regina Press), a non-fiction book about the struggles and victories of women farmers and farmworkers from four different continents. Trina lives in Peace River, Alberta.
Naben Ruthnum is a Toronto-based novelist, critic, and screenwriter. His 2017 book Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race parallels the evolution of the incredibly varied dish the subcontinent is perhaps best known for with the narrow ways in which South Asian identity in the West is often received. Ruthnum’s fiction has been published in magazines ranging from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine to Granta, and he is a winner of Canada’s Journey Prize for short fiction. His first thriller, Find You In The Dark, was published in North America by Atria / Simon and Schuster and in the U.K. by Text Publishing in 2018. He and his frequent screenwriting partner Kris Bertin currently have projects in development at Oddfellows Entertainment.
Kristine Scarrow is the author of young adult novels The 11th Hour,If This Is Home, and Throwaway Girl. She is currently the writer-in-residence at St. Pauls Hospital, where she teaches writing as a healing art in the community. Kristine lives in Saskatoon.
Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He is the author of eighteen novels for young readers including The Hunchback Assignments, which won the prestigious TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and Dust, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada. Visit him online at www.arthurslade.com.
Sara Williams grew her first garden in Tanzania in 1963. She is the author or coauthor of numerous gardening books. With co-author Dr. Bob Bors, her most recent is Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens.
She has a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Horticultural Extension from the University of Saskatchewan (along with an Honourary Doctorate of Law) as well as a B.A. in English and History from the University of Michigan.
Retired as the Horticultural Specialist, Extension Division, University of Saskatchewan, she continues to write articles and to give workshops on a wide range of gardening topics throughout the Canadian prairies.
Tim Wynne-Jones has written 36 books for people of all ages and sizes. He has won The Governor General’s Award twice and been short-listed six times. He has also won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award twice, the Arthur Ellis Award of the Crime Writers of Canada, twice, and the Edgar Award presented by the Mystery Writers of America, once. He has twice been short-listed for the Guardian Book Prize. His books have been translated into a dozen languages. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012.