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For the past 27 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent that appeared at our 28th festival on September 24, 2017.
“Some heroes are born, some are made,” but what if you were born a hero and never had to be one till now? Our heroes answer this question in the stories by Kate Blair, Sarah Raughley, and Cherie Dimaline.
It’s taken 400 years of travel, but the starship Venture has finally arrived at Beta Earth, an uninhabited, untouched planet that seventeen-year-old engineer Ursa has to colonise with her crewmates. The wonder gives way to terror when, on the first night, Ursa encounters a body and is positive she saw a large creature with sharp teeth – something that shouldn’t even be on the planet.
Kate Blair is a native of Hayling Island, UK, and is now a Canadian citizen living in Toronto. Her first novel, Transferral, was a finalist for the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award and the Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Snow Willow Award, and was a Starred Selection of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens. Transferral is currently being adapted for television.
When massive beasts appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. With technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities. Until the day that protection against the beasts fails. Can the girls save the world before it is destroyed forever?
Sarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to sci-fi/fantasy TV to Japanese role playing games, but she will swear up and down at book signings that she was inspired by Jane Austen. On top of being a YA writer, Sarah has a PhD in English, which makes her doctor, so it turns out she didn’t have to go to medical school after all.
In a future in which humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, the Indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to restoring something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands.
Cherie Dimaline is a Métis author and editor whose award-winning fiction has been published and anthologized internationally. Her first book, Red Rooms, was published in 2007 and her novel The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy was released in 2013. In 2014, she was named the Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and became the first Aboriginal Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library. Her book A Gentle Habit was published in August 2016.