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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.
Most small towns keep legends, loss and old haunts behind. Tyler Hellard and Daniel Perry take us on a tour of the gritty spaces of the places we love.
Garden State meets King Leary. Searching for Terry Punchout follows the story of Adam, a struggling sportswriter, who takes a long shot by returning to Nova Scotia to profile ex-hockey player/Zamboni driver Terry Punchout, Adam’s estranged father.
Tyler Hellard grew up in Prince Edward Island and now lives in Calgary with his wife and kids. His non-fiction has appeared in THIS Magazine, The Walrus, and on CBC Radio. Before finally quitting hockey at 18, he was pretty bad at it.
Nobody Looks That Young Here collects 17 interconnected short stories about the inhabitants of Currie Township, Southwestern Ontario—adolescent Mike Carrion chief among them—and their struggle with whether to accept or reject their seemingly predetermined lives in hardscrabble small towns.
Daniel Perry’s first short fiction collection, Hamburger, was published in 2016. His stories have been short-listed for the Carter V. Cooper Prize and appeared in publications in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and the Czech Republic. He lives in Toronto.