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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Schedule for Sunday, September 22 2019

Since 1990, The Word On The Street has presented thousands of Canadian authors for readers of all ages and literary appetites. This year's schedule includes over 200 presenters on 14 stages.

Cults & Monsters

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Cults, danger, murder! Nathan Ripley, Andrew Pyper, and Nicole Lundrigan weave together stories of troubled families, cult leaders, and control, leaving you unsure of everyone you’ve ever been close to in love and blood.

Your Life Is Mine

Bestselling author Nathan Ripley is back with another suspenseful page-turner—this time about a woman whose notorious father died when she was a child, and whose legacy has come back to haunt her.

Blanche, an up-and-coming filmmaker, has distanced herself in every way she can from her father, the murderous cult leader, Chuck Varner. In 1996, when she was a small child, he went on a shooting spree before turning the gun on himself. Now, Blanche learns that her mother has been murdered, and she suspects that her father’s cult has found a new life.

Then another killing occurs. (Simon & Schuster)

  • Mystery/Suspense/Horror | Mystère/Suspense/Horreur

Nathan Ripley

Nathan Ripley is the pseudonym of Journey Prize–winner Naben Ruthnum. His first novel, Find You in the Dark, was an instant bestseller, and his nonfiction book, Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race was critically acclaimed and one of the Globe and Mail’s best books of 2017. Ruthnum lives in the Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto.

The Homecoming

Bestselling author Andrew Pyper returns with a riveting psychological thriller about how the people you’ve known your whole life can suddenly become strangers. What if everything you knew about the people you loved was a lie? (Simon & Schuster)

  • Mystery/Suspense/Horror | Mystère/Suspense/Horreur

Andrew Pyper

Andrew Pyper is the author of The Only Child, which was an instant national bestseller in Canada. He is also the author of six previous novels, including The Demonologist, which won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel.


What if home is the most dangerous place you can be?

Gloria Janes appears to be a doting suburban mother and loving wife. But beyond her canary-yellow door, Gloria controls her husband, Telly, as well as seven-year-old Maisy and her older brother Rowan, through a disorienting cycle of adoration and banishment. 

Suspenseful, unsettling, and masterful, Hideaway explores the secrets of a troubled family and illuminates an unlikely hero and a source of unexpected strength. (Viking)

  • Mystery/Suspense/Horror | Mystère/Suspense/Horreur

Nicole Lundrigan

Nicole Lundrigan is the author of six critically acclaimed novels, including The Substitute and Glass Boys. Her work has appeared on best of the year selections of The Globe and Mail,, and Now magazine. She grew up in Newfoundland, and now lives in Toronto.