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For the past 28 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 will appear at our 29th festival on September 23rd, 2018.
There are hundreds, if not millions, of spaces. What do those spaces mean to us? How do our identities affect our relationships to those spaces? These meticulously researched books by Lezlie Lowe and Helena Moncrieff explore just a few of Toronto’s spaces and what they mean to their inhabitants.
No Place To Go: How Public Toilets Fail Our Private Needs is a toilet tour from London to San Francisco to Toronto and beyond. From pay potties to deserted alleyways, it’s a marriage of urbanism, social narrative, and pop culture that shows the ways that public bathrooms just don’t work.
Lezlie Lowe is a freelance journalist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been recognized for her work by the Canadian Association of Journalists, and holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College, where she teaches in the Journalism department.
Moncrieff examines our relationship with food through the fruit trees that dot city streets and yards. She tracks their origins and questions how they went from being subsistence staples to raccoon fodder, to now being back in high demand.
Helena Moncrieff is a writer, professor, former radio journalist, and lifelong city dweller. Her writing has appeared in Best Health magazine, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and many in-house publications. She lives in Toronto.