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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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  

Call Me An Outcast

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Every single person on this planet is unique, so don’t ever let the haters get you down. Learn from the best as Shawn Hitchins exploits his own misadventures for your enjoyment, Kerry Clare shows us what it’s like to be caught dishing the dirt, and Jonny Sun brings us the little alien who could.

A Brief History of Oversharing

Comedian Shawn Hitchins explores his irreverent nature in this debut collection of essays. Hitchins doesn’t shy away from his failures or celebrate his mild successes — he sacrifices them for an audience’s amusement. Blunt, awkward, emotional, ribald, this anthology of humiliation culminates in a greater understanding of love, work, and family.

  • Humour

Shawn Hitchins

Best known for sparking the global wave of Ginger Pride by marching hundreds of redheads through the streets of Edinburgh, Shawn Hitchins is an award-winning entertainer who has toured throughout Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. Hitchins was raised in a hayfield, educated in a swamp, and still has all his own teeth. He resides in Toronto, Ontario (a city he’s tried to escape since Y2K).

Mitzi Bytes

A grown-up Harriet the Spy for the digital age, Mitzi Bytes examines the bonds of family and friendship, and the truths we dare tell about ourselves—and others.

  • Fiction

Kerry Clare

Kerry Clare is a National Magazine Award-nominated writer and editor of the anthology The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood. Her essays, reviews and short fiction have appeared most recently in The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Joyland, and Canadian Notes & Queries. Kerry teaches blogging at the University of Toronto and writes about books and reading at her popular website, PickleMeThis.com. She is also Editor at 49thshelf.com.

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too

everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too is the illustrated story of a lonely alien sent to observe Earth, only to meet all sorts of creatures with all sorts of perspectives on life, love, and happiness, all while learning to feel a little better about being an alien—based on the enormously popular Twitter account, @jonnysun.

  • Comic Book | BD

Jonny Sun

Jonathan Sun is the author behind @jonnysun. When he isn’t tweeting, he is an architect, designer, engineer, artist, playwright and comedy writer. As a playwright, Jonathan’s works have been performed at the Yale School of Drama, the Hart House Theater in Toronto, the Toronto Theater Lab’s First Sight festival, and the University of Toronto Drama Festival. As an artist and illustrator, his work has been commissioned by the New Haven ArtSpace, and exhibited at Yale and the University of Toronto.