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!
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 is an eye-opening account of the universal human experience as seen from each corner of the changing world. Blending a romantic connection to nature through solitude and the social examination of culture, Bown fully immerses himself in each experience, however diverse, dangerous or dirty, veering way, way off the backpacker circuit to see the world through an unparalleled perspective. The World’s Most Travelled Man is a journey of global proportions shared with the humility of a man who simply wants to satisfy his own curiosity and live life to the fullest.