Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Harbourfront Centre | 10:00 am - 5:00 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.  

Fantasy Queens

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

In these stories, the heroines’ alliances are tested as well as their physical and mental strengths in worlds wonderfully created by Lesley Livingston, Elly Blake, and Kristen Ciccarelli. Basically, #queens.

The Valiant

A richly-imagined, gripping historical fantasy for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Cinda Williams Chima, The Valiant recounts seventeen-year-old Fallon’s tumultuous journey from fierce Celtic princess to legendary female gladiator and darling of the Roman empire.

  • Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction
  • Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Lesley Livingston

Lesley Livingston is an award-winning author of teen and middle grade fiction, best known for the Wondrous Strange series, recently named one of CBC’s “100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian”. Lesley’s books have sold to more than ten countries to date, and Wondrous Strange has been optioned for film/TV by Shaftesbury Films. She is currently working on The Defiant, the sequel to The Valiant, which will be released in February, 2018.


In this second book in the captivating Frostblood Saga, Ruby must choose between her fiery homeland and the icy king who loves her.

Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past….

  • Fiction
  • Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Elly Blake

Elly Blake is the author of the New York Times bestseller Frostblood. After earning a degree in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random occupations, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, reporter for a local business magazine, and library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids, and a Siberian Husky mix that definitely shows Frostblood tendencies. She invites you to visit her at

The Last Namsara

The first installment in a YA fantasy trilogy about a girl who must hunt the dragon that destroyed her town and caused her own ostracism from society. Kristen Ciccarelli’s debut explores an intricately woven world of deception, inner darkness, and magical creatures that fantasy fans won’t be able to resist.

  • Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction
  • Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Kristen Ciccarelli

Kristen Ciccarelli hails from Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula, where she grew up on her grandfather’s grape farm. She spent her childhood running wild with her cousins, adventuring in the woods, obsessing over books, dragons, and girls wielding really cool weapons. These days Kristen resides in Kitchener, Ontario. Visit her online at