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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.
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*
An unemployed man, losing his ability to imagine a future self, disappears into the shadow world of an ambitious millennial. His wife, an idealistic artist at the turning point of her career, falls deeper and deeper into the gravitational field of her ultra-wealthy employer.
Job Shadowing is a novel of our 20th-century desires torn asunder by the new millennium. Through stylish, searching prose, it tests the grounds of impossible love, generational identity and middle-class fantasy.
Malcolm Sutton lives in Toronto. His fiction has appeared in Maisonneuve and Joyland, and his writing on art has appeared in C Magazine and Border Crossings. He is the Founding Editor of The Coming Envelope journal of innovative prose, and the Fiction Editor at BookThug Press. Job Shadowing is his debut novel.
Mark Laliberte is a Toronto-based creator with an MFA from the University of Guelph. By applying a curious, hybridized attitude to a project-driven practice, Laliberte has undertaken many different kinds of conceptual-collage explorations, completing a wide range of works with varying visual styles and approaches. He has exhibited across Canada and internationally, including: The Power Plant, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Art Gallery of Windsor, Narwhal Contemporary, CoCA Seattle, Exposure Gallery UK, and countless artist-run centres. He curates the experimental comics site 4panel.ca, and edits the eclectic art-lit journal CAROUSEL. In 2016, he will release three books: 4PANEL 1 — a comics-poetry anthology; Free for the Taking — a collaboration with artist Micah Lexier; and, asemanticasymmetry — a remixing of writer Derek Beaulieu’s letraset poems.