10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Canadian women have fought a fraught battle for future generations, from securing the vote to ensuring basic employment rights. Authors Elizabeth Atcheson, Lorna Marsden, Elizabeth Renzetti, and Joan Sangster expose readers to key and current landmarks of feminist change, revealing…
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Who says every lady needs a lover? Andrea Bain and Kelli Maria Korducki encourage us to prioritize instead of compromise the self in modern relationships.
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Little affects us more than a story of a displaced and missing mother. Joanna Goodman and Christine Higdon work to establish lost, painful relations between mothers and daughters across temporal and physical boundaries.
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Programming Update: Priscila Uppal passed away on September 5th, 2018. You can read more about her work on the WOTS Blog. For The Word On The Street, her work will be read by longtime friend and collaborator Meaghan Strimas.
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
The Boat People is a gripping, morally complex novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage to reach Canada—only to face the threat of deportation and accusations of terrorism in their new land.
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
A frank, funny personal essay collection about work, failure, feminism, and the messy business of being in your twenties and thirties. A reminder that failure is normal, saying no is liberating, and that we’re all a bunch of beautiful disasters.
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
A Canadian short story collection always promises a melting pot of literary character and craft. Stephen Henighan and Lisa Moore deliver their most inventive, unforgettable renderings of the form yet.
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Most small towns keep legends, loss and old haunts behind. Tyler Hellard and Daniel Perry take us on a tour of the gritty spaces of the places we love.
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
From coast to coast, few homegrowns live in the Canadian heart the way Gordon Lightfoot and the Tragically Hip do. Join acclaimed music biographers Michael Barclay and Nicholas Jennings in their quest to write two hefty Canadian powerhouses into their…
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
Murder mysteries that wrap the protagonist into a web of death beds and secrets. Sharon Butala, Kevin Major, and Nathan Ripley share the stage with thrillers that thrust our heroes into the midst of messy, bloody quests.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Fierce debuts that tap into the resilience of a tested woman. Paige Cooper and Catherine Fatima bring us toughness and wit in stories about refusing to compromise and the struggles of living today.
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pride and Prejudice with a modern twist! Ayesha at Last is a captivating romantic dramedy set in the Muslim community of Toronto.
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The hiring of a new assistant triggers a power struggle between an aging TV show creator and her protégée-turned-partner in a suspenseful, relatable, wickedly entertaining novel about powerful, ambitious women competing for the top job.