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Sunday, September 24, 2017

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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.

North Stars: Canadian Science Fiction

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Drew Hayden Taylor gives classic science fiction (Clarke, Asimov, Bradbury) a First Nations spin. Nathan Adler crafts an Indigenous monster story to rival your worst nightmares. And Tanwa Adanlawo tells a fantastical story of a half-breed of two realms who struggles with being isolated from her two cultures. This is Canadian science fiction that grips you tighter than the Canadarm.

Phantom Rose

It started with a story as ancient as ‘once upon a time’ in the realm of Hiliax. A story of treason and love that runs deeper than anyone knows. Lillianett is the latest chapter in that story, a half-breed of two realms that at all cost must survive the stigma of her ancestor’s choices. For an entire year she will need to stay hidden and alive so she may return to Tarress realm (Earth) unfortunately Lillianett is hot-tempered which makes her task nearly impossible. Can she succeed in continuing this story or will she be the final chapter?

  • Fantasy/Sci-fi
  • Fiction

Tanwa Adanlawo

Tanwa Adanlawo was born in Nigeria and raised in South Africa and currently lives in Regina, Canada. She completed her elementary and secondary education at Felixton College and is currently studying at the University of Toronto, Mississauga as a third year student. Tanwa has two supportive parents and two siblings, a brother and sister, who look up to her. Tanwa enjoys reading but her passion is in writing her own stories in which she incorporates her own experiences. Phantom Rose is her first published work and she hopes to write more books in the future.


In 1872, dinosaur hunters become embroiled in a battle over the discovery of fossils in Northern Ontario as their excavation crews are driven mad by a bizarre and terrifying illness. Over a hundred years later, Church and his family show signs of the same monstrous affliction. As he begins to unravel his family’s dark history, Church must race to protect the secrets buried deep in bones and blood.

Set in the fictional town of Sterling and Ghost Lake Reserve, Wrist is Nathan Adler’s debut novel.

  • Fantasy/Sci-fi
  • Fiction
  • Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Nathan Adler

Nathan Adler is a writer and an artist who works in many different mediums, including audio, video, film, drawing & painting, as well as glass. He is an MFA candidate for Creative Writing from UBC, currently works as a glass artist, and is working on a second novel and a collection of short stories. Nathan won the 2010 Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge. He is a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation, and currently resides in Mono, Ontario.

Take Us to Your Chief

Take Us to Your Chief is a collection of classic science-fiction stories reinvented with a contemporary First Nations outlook. The nine stories in this collection span all traditional topics of science fiction – from peaceful aliens to hostile invaders; from space travel to time travel; from government conspiracies to connections across generations. Yet Taylor’s First Nations perspective draws fresh parallels, likening the cultural implications of alien contact to those of the arrival of Europeans to the Americas, or highlighting the impossibility of remaining a “good Native” in such an unnatural situation as a space mission. Infused with Native stories and variously mysterious, magical and humorous, Take Us to Your Chief is the perfect mesh of nostalgically 1950’s-esque science fiction with modern First Nations discourse.

  • Fantasy/Sci-fi
  • Fiction
  • Short Stories

Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor is an Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario and an award-winning playwright, journalist, short-story writer, novelist, commentator, scriptwriter and documentarian. As a writer/creator, he strives to educate and inform about issues that interfere with, reflect on and celebrate the lives of Canada’s First Nations.

With around 30 books to his credit, including the series that considered First Nations’ lives through the themes of Me Funny, Me Sexy and Me Artsy, Taylor turns his attention to another genre: Science Fiction. Using classic science fiction tropes filtered through First Nations perspectives Taylor is creating an exciting new genre that explores essential human and Aboriginal issues, all with his unique brand of humour.