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  

Race, Culture, and Diaspora Through a Contemporary Lens

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

We live in a global community that is sadly divided, but, thankfully, we have writers like Canisia Lubrin and Mehri Yalfani who believe in the restorative power of language and sharing stories.

Voodoo Hypothesis

In Voodoo Hypothesis Canisia Lubrin pulls from pop culture, science and contemporary news stories about race, to ask what would happen if the systems of belief that give science, religion and culture their importance were applied to contemporary black experience. With irreverence toward colonialism, and wide-ranging lines deftly touched with Caribbean Creole and baroque language, Lubrin has created a beautifully subversive book that shows us the restorative possibilities that exist in language.

  • Poetry | Poésie
  • True Crime | Histoires criminelles

Canisia Lubrin

Canisia Lubrin was born in St. Lucia. She has had work published in literary journals including Room, The Puritan, This Magazine, Arc, CV2, and The City Series #3. She has been an arts administrator and community advocate for close to two decades. She studied and York University where she won the President’s Prize in poetry and the Sylvia Ellen Hirsch Memorial Award in Creative Writing. Lubrin holds an MFA from the University of Guelph-Humber and teaches at Humber College. She lives in Whitby.

The Street of Butterflies

These stories feature Iranian women facing displacement, cultural change, and struggles for survival living in the North American diaspora. At the same time,the challenges they face also reveal their racial, gendered and cultural anxieties. “Soleiman’s Silence”, “Felicia,” “If You Were I”; and “Line”, portray many dimensions of the migrant’s strive (or the refusal) to build a home, away from home. Other stories set in post-revolutionary Iran lay bare the prosecution of political activists.

  • Fiction
  • Short Stories | Nouvelles

Mehri Yalfani

Mehri Yalfani was born in Hamadan, Iran. Four novels and two collections of short stories written in Farsi, her mother language, were published in Sweden, the U.S. and Canada. Her novel, Dancing in a Broken Mirror, published in Iran, was a finalist for the “Book of the Year” (2000). Her English publications include Parastoo; Two Sisters; and Afsaneh’s Moon. A volume of poetry in Farsi, Rahavard, was published in 2004. Her short fiction has appeared in a number
of North American anthologies.