Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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

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For the past 26 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 at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.

Diana Hosseini & Olive Senior

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

This exciting visual arts program brings together Canadian artists and authors to explore how books can inspire new ways of thinking, creating, and innovating. Four local artists have been paired with four 2016 Canadian books. Each artist has been challenged to create a new installation inspired by the themes of their book, using the festival site to engage audience and applying their own unique art practice to the creative process.

*While the artwork will be on-site all day, the artist will be present during this time slot*

The Pain Tree

The Pain Tree tells stories that speak to all aspects of Jamaican life. Olive Senior navigates the hills and valleys of narrative with natural ease, interweaving thick strands of emotion and insight yet never losing sight of a story’s ebb and flow. Her Pain Tree is an engaging, thought-provoking read that transports readers fully to another place where the unfamiliar and exciting clash and commingle with the universal.

  • Fiction
  • Short Stories

Olive Senior

Olive Senior is the winner of the first Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (1987) for her collection Summer Lightning. Her novel Dancing Lessons (2011) was a finalist for the 2012 First Novel Award, a finalist for the 2012 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Senior is also the author of the non-fiction book Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal (2014); the children’s books Anna Carries Water and Birthday Suit; and the collections Discerner of Hearts and Arrival of the Snake Woman.

Diana Hosseini

Diana Hosseini is a Toronto based artist who works predominantly with found or imagined objects and kinetic media to create sculptures and installations.  She is inspired by the sounds and actions of the objects she selects, as well as events ranging from privately personal to culturally or socially significant. Hosseini completed an MFA in Sculpture at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2013 and an Hon. BA in Medical Anthropology and Studio Art at the University of Toronto in 2010.  Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada.