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!
Mark Abley is the author of seven books of non-fiction, four collections of poetry, and two children’s books. His latest work of non-fiction, The Organist: Fugues, Fatherhood, and a Fragile Mind, is a heartfelt and probing exploration of the life of his father, Harry Abley, who was for many years organist-choirmaster at St. John’s Cathedral and Third Avenue United Church in Saskatoon. Mark himself attended City Park Collegiate and the University of Saskatchewan. A winner of a Rhodes Scholarship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Newspaper Award, he lives in Montreal.
The Organist: Fugues, Fatherhood, and a Fragile Mind
Shane Arbuthnott is the author of the Molly Stout Adventures series. He grew up in Saskatoon and now lives in Regina with his family. When he is not writing, he can be found chasing his three adventurous children, trying to convince them to eat green things. For more information on Shane and his books, visit www.shanearbuthnott.com.
Author and musician Dave Bidini is the only person to have been nominated for a Gemini, Genie, and Juno, as well CBC’s Canada Reads. A founding member of Rheostatics, he has written 10 books, including On a Cold Road, Tropic of Hockey, Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs, and Home and Away. He has made two Gemini Award-nominated documentaries, and his play, The Five Hole Stories, was staged by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Company, touring the country in 2008. His third book, Baseballissimo, is being developed for the screen by Jay Baruchel, and in 2010, he won his third National Magazine Award, for “Travels in Narnia,” followed by Calgary Wordfest’s Anne Green Award for artistic audacity. In 2014, he was nominated for a Toronto Arts Award, and in 2017, he launched West End Phoenix, Canada’s newest broadsheet newspaper. Midnight Light: A Personal Journey to the North is his latest book.
Midnight Light: A Personal Journey to the North
A Darkness of the Heart is the 18th book in Gail Bowen’s Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mystery series. Bowen has also written four Charlie Dowhanuik novellas for Orca books. Sleuth: Gail Bowen on Writing Mysteries was published in March 2018. Bowen has written plays for CBC Radio and for theatrical production across Canada. She lives in Regina with her husband, Ted.
A Darkness of the Heart
Robert Calder is the author or editor of eleven books, many of which have been published in the United Kingdom and the United States. His books range over a wide variety of subjects: the life and work of William Somerset Maugham, British propaganda in World War II, battle fatigue and suicide in that war, the meeting of the Spanish and the Maya in Yucatan in the sixteenth century, and the history of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. His Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham won the 1989 Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction.
A Hero for the Americas: The Legend of Gonzalo Guerrero
CBC columnist Andrew Coppolino’s passion for food lies in his latest book, Farm to Table, which pairs Stratford Chefs School alumni chefs with one of their favourite food producers for a recipe. The recipes, along with chef and producer profiles, highlighted with photos by renowned photographer Terry Manzo, make this book a staple of every Canadian kitchen. Andrew’s work has been featured in a variety of magazines, from Restaurants Canada to Hotelier. He holds a Master’s degree in English literature from the University of Waterloo and has taught at UW; the universities of Guelph, Toronto, and Toledo; Conestoga College; and at the Stratford Chefs School. He is co-author with Mark Morton of Cooking with Shakespeare, a collection of Elizabethan recipes and their culinary and cultural history.
Ann Hui is the Globe and Mail’s National Food Reporter and uses food as a lens to explore public policy, health, the environment, science, and technology. Before she joined the Globe, her writing was published in the Walrus, the National Post, the Toronto Star, and the Victoria Times Colonist. Hui was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada's Chinese Restaurants
Adeena Karasick is a New York-based Canadian poet, performer, cultural theorist, media artist, and the author of ten books of poetry and poetics. Her most recent work includes Checking In (Talonbooks, 2018) and Salomé: Woman of Valor (University of Padova Press, Italy, 2017), the libretto for her spoken word opera, co-created with Grammy Award-winning composer, Sir Frank London. She teaches Literature and Critical Theory for the Humanities and Media Studies Department at Pratt Institute, is Poetry Editor for Explorations in Media Ecology, received a 2018 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award, and won the 2016 Voce Donna Italia Award for her contributions to feminist thinking as well as the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. The Adeena Karasick Archive is established at Special Collections, Simon Fraser University.
Renée Kohlman has been cooking and baking professionally for twenty years. Her best-selling debut cookbook, All the Sweet Things (TouchWood Editions, 2017), won Gold at the Taste Canada Awards in October 2018. When not whipping up delicious treats for her popular food blog, Sweetsugarbean, she can be found at her desk writing articles for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and other publications. She is also a busy freelance recipe developer and hopes to one day have a dishwasher in her kitchen.
All The Sweet Things
Valerie Korinek is a Professor of Canadian cultural and gender history and Vice-Dean Faculty Relations in the College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan. She is an award-winning teacher and writer as well as the author of four books and anthologies, including Roughing It in the Suburbs and Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History. Her most recent work, Prairie Fairies: A History of Queer Communities and People in Western Canada, 1930-1985 (University of Toronto Press, 2018), is shortlisted in the 2019 Saskatchewan Book Awards competition for Scholarly Writing and Non-Fiction.
Prairie Fairies: A History of Queer Communities and People in Western Canada, 1930-1985
Originally from Germany, Miriam Körner fell in love with Northern Saskatchewan one brutally cold winter morning when she lost her dog team on Bigstone Lake – and shortly after, with the man who rescued her team. Miriam’s critically acclaimed YA novel, Yellow Dog, and her award-winning picture book collaboration, When the Trees Crackle with Cold: pīsimwasinahikan, were both on the top of McNally Robinson’s 2018 bestseller list in the children’s book category. Her latest YA novel, Qaqavii, is her love declaration to the land and people of Canada’s Far North.
Qaqavii: A Novel
Bestselling author Alice Kuipers has published five award-winning YA novels internationally, one YA book of non-fiction, two picture books featuring twins Violet and Victor, and two books of her chapter book series, Polly Diamond. She has five more books coming out in the next two years. Her work is published in 36 countries, and she regularly shares books she has loved reading on CTV. Alice has four children. Find her writing tips at www.alicekuipers.com
Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair: Book 2
Sonya Lalli is a writer of Indian heritage. She studied law in her hometown of Saskatoon and at Columbia University, New York City. She completed an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing at City, University of London in 2015. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and loves travel, yoga, piano, reading, and cocktail bartending. She lives in Toronto with her husband.
The Matchmaker's List
Barbara Langhorst has taught literature and composition at St. Peter’s College in Muenster for the past 17 years. Her first book, restless white fields (NeWest, 2012), won the Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Book of the Year Award in Saskatchewan and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book of the Year Award in Alberta. Her debut novel, Want (Palimpsest, 2018), has been shortlisted for the Regina Public Library’s Book of the Year Award. She and her husband share an acreage near Humboldt, with a variety of rambunctious animals.
Grant Lawrence is an award-winning author, CBC personality, singer, columnist and live event host. The author of three best-selling memoirs, Adventures in Solitude (2010), The Lonely End of the Rink (2013), and Dirty Windshields (2017), he is the only two-time winner of BC Book Prizes’ Booksellers Choice. In 2014, Lawrence won a Canadian Screen Award for hosting the CBC Beetle Roadtrip Sessions. At the CBC, Lawrence is known mostly for hosting the ground-breaking podcast championing Canadian independent music. A columnist for the Vancouver Courier and Vancouver Is Awesome, he is also the lead singer of the Smugglers and the goalie for the Vancouver Flying Vees. He is married to musician Jill Barber. and they live in Vancouver, British Columbia, with their two children.
Ernie Louttit was born in Northern Ontario. A member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation and raised off reserve, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces at 17 years of age and ended his career with the Saskatoon Police Service after 35 years in uniform. He has written three books about his experiences, as well as the leadership and life lessons he has learned.
The Unexpected Cop: Indian Ernie on a Life of Leadership
Cassidy McFadzean was born in Regina and currently lives in Toronto. She is the author of Hacker Packer (McClelland & Stewart, 2015) and Drolleries (M&S, 2019). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Cassidy has been shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, the Short Grain Contest, and the Walrus Poetry Prize.
Suzanne Methot is a Nehiyaw (Cree) writer, editor, educator, and community worker born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and raised in Peace River, Alberta. Her work has been published in anthologies, including Steal My Rage: New Native Voices and Let the Drums Be Your Heart. She has worked in the non-profit sector, in the classroom, and in advocacy and direct-service positions in Indigenous community–based agencies. She is the author of Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing, and the co-author of the textbook Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations. She currently lives in Toronto.
Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing
Tom Miller grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He graduated from Harvard University and went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and an MD from the University of Pittsburgh. While writing The Philosopher’s Flight, he worked as a travel guidebook writer, EMT, and college English instructor. He’s now an emergency physician at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.
The Philosopher's Flight
Sara O’Leary is a writer of fiction for both adults and children. She is the author of the bestselling picture book, This Is Sadie (recently turned into a musical by the New York City Children’s Theater), A Family Is a Family Is a Family, The Boy and the Blue Moon, and the award-winning series of Henry books, When You Were Small, Where You Came From, and When I Was Small, all illustrated by Julie Morstad. Her latest book is Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet, illustrated by Jacob Grant.
Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets
Vera Pezer’s life-long commitment to learning and her love of sport have their roots in Meskanaw, the small Saskatchewan community where she was raised. The Little Community That Could, Vera’s third book, is the story of her community and how it contributed to journeys resulting in a Ph.D. in Psychology, a career at the University of Saskatchewan (culminating in terms as Chancellor), national championships in curling and softball, and coaching roles at two Olympics.
The Little Community That Could: The Story of Meskanaw
Riley Rossmo is an illustrator and creator currently making comics and character designs. Riley started illustrating in 2004, working mostly in advertising, editorial illustration, and character design. Riley’s first comic series, Proof (from Image), came out in 2007. Since then, he has made comics with Image Comics (Cowboy Ninja Viking, Green Wake, Bedlam, Rasputin), Marvel (Daken The Dark, Wolverine), and currently, DC Comics (Batman, Batman/Shadow, Constantine the Hellblazer, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Martian Manhunter).
Jay Semko is known internationally as singer/ bassist with multiple Juno Award nominees and Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame members The Northern Pikes and as an award-winning music composer for numerous film and TV productions, including the syndicated series Due South. He is considered one of Canada’s premier singer/songwriters, with 10 solo albums released, and has co-written and recorded with many of the best songwriters and musicians in music. Jay has recently released a new solo album, entitled Never Sent – a collection of 10 new songs, and in June 2018, he and the other members of the Northern Pikes were presented with the SOCAN Classic Award for their single “She Ain’t Pretty” receiving over 100,000 plays on Canadian radio. Jay continues to tour across Canada with the Northern Pikes and as a solo acoustic artist, sharing his songs, stories, and adventures from his life in music, as well as his personal journey. For more information about Jay go to www.jaysemko.com.
Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He is the author of over twenty 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. Visit him online at www.arthurslade.com.
Sarah Weinman is the author of The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World, which was named a Best Book of the Year by the National Post, NPR, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and Vulture. She also edited Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s (Library of America) and Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives (Penguin), and writes the “Crime Lady” column at CrimeReads, where she is a contributing editor. Weinman has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and the Washington Post, among other outlets. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World