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.


4:40 PM - 5:00 PM


Maya is a little girl who lives in India. The electricity in her house has gone out again, and she’s afraid of the dark — even more so since her father died. Maya’s mother distracts her with a legend about the banyan tree, which drank up monsoon waters to become tall and strong. Later that night, Maya revisits the banyan tree and its animals in her imagination and discovers the power of story to overcome fears. Miniature paper theater illustration by Elly MacKay uses spellbinding shadow puppetry to play with darkness and light, making Maya’s world come alive on the page.

  • Children's

Mahak Jain

Mahak Jain is a writer and editor based in Toronto. Her work has been published in The New Quarterly, Joyland Magazine, and Room Magazine. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph and was previously the Managing Editor at Owlkids and at Lobster Press. Maya is her first book for children.