Toronto, Ontario

WOTS Festival & Marketplace - Day 1

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Harbourfront Centre | 12pm - 7pm


WOTS Festival & Marketplace - Day 2

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Harbourfront Centre | 10am - 5pm

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Great Books Marquee

The place to be for the most exciting and dynamic books of the year, this venue features a variety of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, and poetry.

Official Bookselling by Queen Books

Pretty as a Knife

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Spanning race, class and identity, Adnan Khan and Téa Mutonji have written pieces about young characters merely existing, trying and the trouble it comes with. Moderated by: Catherine Hernandez

Days By Moonlight

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Strong Young Gals

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Against the odds, these young female protagonists fight a history echoing through their present. With strength and power, Lilian Nattel and Valentina Gal build worlds for their characters to rise above expectations and flourish.

NEW! Comic Arts in Toronto

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Stephanie Cooke, Jason Loo, and Andrew Stevenson discuss comic artistry in Toronto with moderator Ardo Omer.


1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
There are always individuals with powerful desire, a need to control, and who must wrestle the subsequent consequences. Adam Foulds and Lynn Coady explore these types of characters in these chilling tales.

Teen Reads: Opening Up

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Young characters struggling with their own sense of identity while managing the identities of those around them. Experiences of betrayal, gender identity, and caring for parents as children inform Brian Francis and Heather Smith’s characters.

Every Little Piece of Me

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Eat Your Words: Food and Diaspora

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Moderated by Naben Ruthnum

Edible Familial Tension

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
In these debut collections from Zalika Reid-Benta and Derek Mascarenhas, both writers craft a series of beautiful short stories about familial relationships, intergenerational trauma, being racially othered, and trying to exist in a way that makes sense.

Bodies in Danger

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Surreal situations of bodily anxiety, internal threats, external pressure. Andrew Kaufman and Andrew Wilmot take the readers along for a visceral rollercoaster ride.