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  

Of Men and Gods

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Robert J. Sawyer gives a psychologist the power to spot hidden psychopaths. Lesley Livingston has a Celtic warrior princess fight for her enemy Caesar. And Sylvain Neuvel calls down a mysterious vessel from the heavens. These stories of powers known and forces unquantifiable will make balancing the scales a difficult act.

Please note the event is now scheduled to start at 3:30pm. This event was previously scheduled for 12:30pm.

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The Valiant

A richly-imagined, gripping historical fantasy for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Cinda Williams Chima, The Valiant recounts seventeen-year-old Fallon’s tumultuous journey from fierce Celtic princess to legendary female gladiator and darling of the Roman empire.

  • Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction
  • Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Lesley Livingston

Lesley Livingston is an award-winning author of teen and middle grade fiction, best known for the Wondrous Strange series, recently named one of CBC’s “100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian”. Lesley’s books have sold to more than ten countries to date, and Wondrous Strange has been optioned for film/TV by Shaftesbury Films. She is currently working on The Defiant, the sequel to The Valiant, which will be released in February, 2018.

Quantum Night


Experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying the previously undetected psychopaths lurking everywhere in society. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Jim is shocked to discover that he has lost the memories of six months of his life from twenty years ago–a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts.

Jim is reunited with Kayla Huron, his forgotten girlfriend and now a quantum physicist, who has made a discovery about the nature of human consciousness. They combine forces in a race against time to see if they can change human nature.

  • Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction
  • Fiction

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer was born in Ottawa and lives in Mississauga with his wife, poet Carolyn Clink. He has won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name.

Waking Gods

Twenty-six years ago: A girl in South Dakota falls through the earth, then wakes up dozens of feet below ground on the palm of what seems to be a giant metal hand. Nine years ago: She is a top-level physicist leading a team of people to understand exactly what that hand is, where it came from, and what it portends for humanity. Today: with the remainder of the giant robot found and assembled, every question answered about the mysterious contraption raises two more.

  • Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction
  • Fiction

Sylvain Neuvel

Sylvain dropped out of high school at age fifteen. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator though he wishes he were an astronaut. He likes to tinker, dabbles in robotics, and is somewhat obsessed with Halloween.