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Author Cruises is the Only Stage of Its Kind

September 10, 2017

2017 marks the 28th anniversary of The Word On The Street in Toronto and the 3rd anniversary of holding the festival at Harbourfront Centre. As many of you may have seen first-hand, we have made a ton of changes to the festival in these nearly 30 years, but one recent unique addition to our festival lineup is our Author Cruises stage, where audiences are able to sail Toronto’s harbour with renowned authors on the Tall Ship Kajama. 

There is really no other author stage in Canada like this. Imagine it. Seated on the deck of one of Toronto’s most stunning boats, you spend one of the last beautiful days of the year with those who love books, those who write books, and a view of our great city, all from the water. This is one of the very special gems that our Harbourfront Centre location allows us. Best of all, even though you get to see one of our events, a ride on our Author Cruises is actually cheaper on September 24 than if you were to just take a ride on the Kajama on any other day. Plus, this year we have added the option to buy a ticket AND a book from the Author Cruises simultaneously at a discounted price. The savings just keep getting better.

We have another great lineup of events on the stage and we hope that you’ll join us for one of them. Keep on reading for more information about what you can see, how you can buy tickets, and on a special contest we’re running.

See you on the water!

Presenting the Past: Adventures in Historical Fiction

11:00AM – 12:00PM
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History is the curious place where reality often gets the embellishments of a story, the place where real people become folk heroes, and heroes are revealed to be people just like us. Bruce Murray, Emily Schultz, Lesley Krueger, and Eva Stachniak bring their heroes from the history books to the deck of the Tall Ship Kajama in stories crafted from tales and truths.


On The Brink of Madness

12:30PM – 1:30PM
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Good versus evil is the archetype to rule them all, but sometimes it can be hard to tell which side is which. From the minds of Nick CutterRon Corbett, and David Demchuk come the grey-area battles of religious cults, assassins, biker gangs, cops, and monsters.

Please note the event is now scheduled to start at 12:30pm. This event was previously scheduled for 3:30pm.


Story of the Game

2:00PM – 3:00PM
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Toronto seasons are often divided in two ways: winter and construction or hockey and baseball. Join Lance Hornby and Stacey May Fowles for their perspectives on how these pastimes shape us as individuals and as a community.


Of Men and Gods

3:30PM – 4:40PM
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Robert J. Sawyer gives a psychologist the power to spot hidden psychopaths.Lesley Livingston has a Celtic warrior princess fight for her enemy Caesar. And Sylvain Neuvel calls down a mysterious vessel from the heavens. These stories of powers known and forces unquantifiable will make balancing the scales a difficult act.

Please note the event is now scheduled to start at 3:30pm. This event was previously scheduled for 12:30pm.


Be sure to check out our Festival Contests page for your chance to win an Author Cruises Prize Pack with books and tickets from our Author Cruises stage.